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Address: Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
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+44 1935 812730
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Originally a 12th century fortified bishop's palace which was leased to Sir...

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.

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Stunning - shame about the rennovations

If you're into photography then this is a great place to spend a couple of hours. Stunning old ruins of a castle. It was a real shame that there was scaffolding and tarpaulin in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're into photography then this is a great place to spend a couple of hours. Stunning old ruins of a castle. It was a real shame that there was scaffolding and tarpaulin in several places as this really made taking photos tricky but understand these works must be done. On a nice sunny day this would be a great... More 

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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful place to relax in the sun with some lovely fortifications to wonder around. Not open in the winter so enjoyed best when there is good weather.

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Thank Tomb2020
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting ruined castle originally belonging to Sir Walter Raleigh. well worth a visit particularly if visiting the next door Sherborne Castle.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Oliver Cromwell did a really good job dismantling this castle during the Roundheads revolution against the crown. Honestly there isn't anything there left worth visiting. You can walk around the outside and get as good a view as going inside. If you have the English heritage pass and are passing by you may as well visit but otherwise it is... More 

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Brighton
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting 12 century castle ruin with lots of history displayed on plaques and in a good value guide book at £4. Probable only a couple of hours max unless it's warm enough to picnic.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a look. Espically if your into all this. The area is so clean and perfect. The ruins are keep I excellent condition, considering Cromwell nearly blasted it to bits.

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Thank Jackie M
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Perfect for picnics with seating surrounding the site and plenty of information boards to learn about the history of the castle. I bought a guide book which was excellent and full of history about the site.

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Thank poppyh98
Dorset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Nice castle to visit. Take a picnic the children can run around for hours playing hide and seek. Good for the whole family

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Thank DorsetIcecream
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

its a castle whats more to say, reasonably priced great way to pass a few hours, will visit again soon

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Thank Harry M
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We decided to visit this castle during a quick stay in Somerset. The castle itself was quite small but perfectly formed! The insides were very interesting with staff in each room guiding you around the items of interest. The grounds were amazing, beautiful autumnal colours.

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