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Sherborne Old Castle

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Interesting ruins

An evocative site and really interesting to learn the history behind it. And Raleigh was executed... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Farnham, United Kingdom
An interesting ruin

This was a massive castle, situated in a good defensive hilltop location, with added protection... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2018
Nailsworth, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
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All reviews english heritage guide book civil war interesting ruins worth a visit lovely place for a picnic ticket office interpretation panels the guidebook views of the surrounding countryside peaceful setting nice afternoon entry price sir walter raleigh couple of hours sunny day great for kids
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Green is a great place to eat in Sherborne and the Manager has worked out a choice of different menus that allows him to maintain competitiveness with the good local pubs but also a great a alar carte menu if you want a high...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ronald J
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Stand between the ancient stones of Sherborne Old Castle and you can feel the passage of time come to life, recalling the windswept hills of Dorset and the countless people who have moved across this land. Totally good to visit, and while you are there,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David L
Reviewed 30 October 2018

We visited Sherborne Castle, and had a walk up to the ruins of the old castle. These were mainly stacks of masonry and not much else, and were fenced off so you could not get too close, probably for H&S reasons, and to prevent further...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

An evocative site and really interesting to learn the history behind it. And Raleigh was executed 400 years ago this month so historically relevant!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tam_alm2
Reviewed 12 October 2018

It helps that we visited on a lovely autumn day. Buy the book to get the full benefit of your visit to this delightfully situated piece of fascinating history

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Grumpigrandpa
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Not a lot remaining of what was a large castle. Info panels useful and good view accross to new castle.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank IMH1960
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This was a massive castle, situated in a good defensive hilltop location, with added protection from the low lying marshy land which is regularly prone to flooding. Sadly, the castle is just a ruin now, never restored following its destruction by Oliver Cromwell's army. This...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rocko1947
Reviewed 2 September 2018

I love visiting here. Visit often. It’s a ruins, don’t expect too much. Pleasant to walk around, and dog friendly.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jude8655
Reviewed 13 August 2018 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jlcody
Reviewed 13 August 2018

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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank RonGLondon
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12 October 2018|
Response from MegDorset | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is sold in the kiosk/gift shop at the castle entrance
Riccardo C
2 June 2016|
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.