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Sherborne Old Castle

Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
+44 1935 812730
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Interesting Ruin

Just joined English Heritage but had not had membership pack through. Was quizzed over this even... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
68joyt
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Typical jobs worth ruining an experiance

As usual with English heritage it is the staff that let down the experience. Points that should be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David W
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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 wildlife, birds and plants. A perfect picnic spot. Child friendly and dog friendly.
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  • Average19%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England
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"english heritage"
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"guide book"
in 11 reviews
"hide and seek"
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"worth a visit"
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"information boards"
in 8 reviews
"great tower"
in 2 reviews
"ticket office"
in 5 reviews
"the guidebook"
in 2 reviews
"takes about an hour"
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"peaceful setting"
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"run around"
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"nice afternoon"
in 2 reviews
"a great place to spend"
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"entry price"
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"lots of history"
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"couple of hours"
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"great for kids"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just joined English Heritage but had not had membership pack through. Was quizzed over this even though had email confirmation still had to prove my identity before being let in!! Was frowned upon when we declined buying a guide book. Member of staff may be...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As usual with English heritage it is the staff that let down the experience. Points that should be included in staff training: -Gift aid is voluntary and should not be given the scorned look when not wanting to pay. - swearing is unacceptable. - when...More

Thank David W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived here on Easter Monday as we enjoy visiting heritage sights. When we arrived at the desk we asked to pay for non gift aid tickets (we are already a member of the national trust and give regularly to this and the normal entry price...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very tranquil setting. Good signage. Would recommend a visit to the nearby New Castle which has a separate entrance fee and shared history with the old castle.

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this unspoilt ancient site.But check the direction of the wind due to nearby chicken farms......

1  Thank tonandjerry
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

The Old Castle is in the grounds of the new Castle and the grounds are fabulous. The Castle used to be open most days but unfortunately of late it is very hit and miss as to when it is open. There is a shoot on...More

Thank susan887
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a nice afternoon at Sherborne Old Castle with our two dogs, who both seem to really appreciate historic sites more than beaches! No toilet facility on site, which is worth noting. And no bin - unless you walk to the one at the end...More

1  Thank MortimerBigMouse
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Sherborne in general is a great place to visit - lovely town, great Abbey and two castles. Also good parking. Old castle is a ruin but very very romantic and with great views over new castle. Has littles EH shop on site with friendly staff...More

1  Thank Agnieszka P
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Beautiful castle. Ideal for family day out as kids can run around while adults admire the ruins. Best bit about English Heritage is that they are not precious and snobby about their properties (and the price is very reasonable) and welcome people to come and...More

1  Thank traff58
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

As with a lot of smaller English Heritage places, the facilities are less than desirable, a portaloo be a good example. But the on site staff person was very welcoming and friendly. The ruin itself is standard, not a huge amount to explore, but the...More

Thank JimmyJam75
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Riccardo C
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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.
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