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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

As members of English Heritage we were able to visit the castle for free. It gives you an idea of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Heather S
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Orpington, United Kingdom
Very picturesque

A really amazing place full of interesting history from the original castle built in the 12th... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anonpeo
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Bowness-on-Windermere, 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 wildlife, birds and plants. A perfect picnic spot. Child friendly and dog friendly.
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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"
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"hide and seek"
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"worth a visit"
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"information boards"
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"great tower"
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"ticket office"
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"the guidebook"
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"takes about an hour"
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"peaceful setting"
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"run around"
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"nice afternoon"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As members of English Heritage we were able to visit the castle for free. It gives you an idea of how the castle used to be and the views of the surrounding countryside are glorious. You also get a view of Sherborne Castle and it...More

Thank Heather S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really amazing place full of interesting history from the original castle built in the 12th century to Sir Walter Raleigh involvement and his obvious elizsbethan influence throughout the Sherborne area.

Thank Anonpeo
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

There is not a huge amount of actual castle left but the guide book (purchased) provides explanations of the history of the castle and how it became in the state it is. The most imposing piece faces the parking lot and entrance. The person dealing...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

This is a really good place to visit on a sunny day. So much history here, its good to see that our history is still being kept alive. This is not so much a 'castle' as a fortified palace. Once a resisence of the chancellor...More

Thank garysJ9232WS
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

A once dramatic fortified home now a romantic ruin Nice place for a picnic on a sunny day Was given a make over by Sir Walter Raleigh before he moved on to build the new castle next door

Thank Albia-Newton
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Having visited the "new" Sherborne Castle and learnt about the Old Castle, I didn't feel it necessary to visit this English Heritage Site. You can view the site through a gate in the new Sherborne Castle grounds. It is just ruins so decided to save...More

Thank ClaireWRiley
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

This castle was built in the 12th century but destroyed during the civil war. The ruins stand on the edge of town. The remaining walls are thick as would be expected in a castle and it is easy to imagine how it would have looked...More

Thank MegDorset
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

This English heritage attraction is indeed a ruin. The remaining walls are in some places 2 meter thick, but as it is described, most of the tailored stones were used in the houses of Sherborne. The explanation boards give a good description, but indeed, there...More

Thank huys25
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

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

Thank 68joyt
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 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

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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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