Sherborne Old Castle

Sherborne Old Castle information

Sherborne , England
+44 1935 812730
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adult/child £4/2.40
Opening hours
10am-5pm Apr-Jun & Sep-Oct, to 6pm Jul & Aug
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These days the epitome of a picturesque ruin, Sherborne's Old Castle was built by Roger, Bishop of Salisbury, in 1120 – Elizabeth I gave it to her one-time favourite Sir Walter Raleigh in the late 16th century. It became a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War, but Cromwell reduced it to rubble after a 16-day siege in 1645, leaving just the fractured southwest gatehouse, great tower and north range.