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Sherborne Old Castle

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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An interesting ruin

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

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nailsworth, United Kingdom
A lovely castle

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sherborne, 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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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed August 13, 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.

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Reviewed August 13, 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.

Thank RonGLondon
Reviewed August 11, 2018

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
Reviewed July 22, 2018

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
Reviewed July 20, 2018

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
Reviewed July 15, 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
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank ctay9
Reviewed July 8, 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
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Riccardo C
June 2, 2016|
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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.