Sherborne New Castle

Sherborne New Castle information

house adult/child £10/free, gardens only £5/free
Opening hours
11am-4.30pm Tue-Thu & weekends Apr-Oct
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Lonely Planet review

Having had enough of the then 400-year-old Sherborne Old Castle, Sir Walter Raleigh began building the New Castle in 1594. Raleigh got as far as the central block before falling out of favour with the royals and ending up back in prison – this time at the hands of James I. In 1617 James sold the castle to Sir John Digby, Earl of Bristol, who added the wings we see today. Some 130 years later, the grounds received a mega-makeover at the hands of landscape-gardener extraordinaire Capability Brown; visit today and marvel at the massive lake he added, along with the remarkable 12-hectare waterside gardens.