We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sherborne Old Castle

Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
+44 1935 812730
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Lovely

A very lovely ruin but not much of it. If I wasn't an English heritage member I don't think I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Must have been a great Building.

The Old Castle lies behind the more modern Castle near the Lake, unfortunately it was blown up by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RonGLondon
,
London
Read all 168 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Originally a 12th century fortified bishop's palace which was leased to Sir Walter Raleigh and later became a powerful Civil War Royalist base. It fell to Parliament after a fierce 11 day siege. Now a romantic ruin and home to a great range of wildlife, birds and plants. A perfect picnic spot. Child friendly and dog friendly.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good47%
  • Average20%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“guide book” (14 reviews)
“civil war” (7 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
LOCATION
Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
CONTACT
Website
+44 1935 812730
Write a ReviewReviews (168)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"english heritage"
in 19 reviews
"guide book"
in 14 reviews
"civil war"
in 7 reviews
"hide and seek"
in 4 reviews
"ticket office"
in 6 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 13 reviews
"information boards"
in 8 reviews
"great tower"
in 2 reviews
"lovely ruin"
in 2 reviews
"lovely place for a picnic"
in 2 reviews
"interpretation panels"
in 2 reviews
"the guidebook"
in 2 reviews
"views of the surrounding countryside"
in 2 reviews
"takes about an hour"
in 2 reviews
"peaceful setting"
in 2 reviews
"run around"
in 3 reviews
"nice afternoon"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 163 reviews

A TripAdvisor Member
3511
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very lovely ruin but not much of it. If I wasn't an English heritage member I don't think I would have paid to visit. But if you are a member and in the area it's defo worth a visit.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Castle lies behind the more modern Castle near the Lake, unfortunately it was blown up by the round-heads as it was regarded as a danger to the Monarchy, it was a lovely day and we sat and had our sandwiches.

Thank RonGLondon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sherborne Old Castle is a ruined castle on the outskirts of Sherborne now in the case of English Heritage. Much of the old castle has been pulled down and the only significant bits left are the gatehouse and the central living quarters area. If I...More

Thank Anarchon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This castle is just a ruin but worth a short visit if in or near Sherborne. Combine it with a visit to Sherborne Castle which can be seen across the lake. This castle fell in the English Civil War.

Thank MBKOKent
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle was once completely surrounded by a lake, and must have been an imposing site. The lake has since long gone, and the castle is a ruin since the civil war, with just a few walls still standing. There isn't too much to see,...More

Thank Katrien S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

My dad took us to this castle and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of time we spent walking around. The person who worked in the ticket office gave us a great history talk before we entered the castle. Lovely views and it was...More

Thank lenik75
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Lovely historical site that has been well managed. It’s a nice part of Sherborne history!! Loverly walks

Thank ctay9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

A great and cheapet alternative to the other Sherborne castle. (You get a good view of it from here. ) We were given a useful Historical summary by the Eng Heritage guy on site before wandering around the peaceful ruins. Great place for a picnic.

Thank brenhell
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Visited Sherborne Old Castle in June - it is a ruin and was replaced by the “new” castle (beware as Google maps may confuse the two if you look for directions). Owned by English Heritage and was originally built by the Bishop of Salisbury in...More

Thank Bonymerlin111
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 June 2018

This has a real old world feel to it it is a very romantic setting and there are stunning views, could spend hours here just sitting and tacking it all in, well worth a visit

Thank CruiserWayne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 hotels
The Eastbury Hotel
735 reviews
.39 km away
Half Moon Inn
274 reviews
.62 km away
Best Western Dorset Oborne the Grange Hotel
590 reviews
2.40 km away
Terrace Lodge Hotel Yeovil
172 reviews
8.28 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Abbey Friar
87 reviews
.68 km away
Tamburino Gold
615 reviews
.64 km away
Digby Tap
176 reviews
.64 km away
Oliver's Coffee House
269 reviews
.80 km away
Nearby Attractions
Sherborne Abbey
614 reviews
.68 km away
Sherborne Castle
427 reviews
.01 km away
Sherborne Museum
64 reviews
.63 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Riccardo C
2 June 2016|
Answer
Response from Tomb2020 |
As a fortified palace for the Bishop of Salisbury who was one of the most powerful men in England after the king in the 12th century.
0
Votes