Sherborne Old Castle (English Heritage)

Sherborne Old Castle is a romantic 12th century ruin, set in beautiful grounds next to New Sherborne Castle.

Day visit



About Sherborne Old Castle (English Heritage)

After withstanding two sieges during the Civil War, only the Southwest Gatehouse and parts of the castle, including the Great Tower and the North Range, now survive. Loved by Sir Walter Ralegh, he leased the castle but when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for marrying one of Queen Elizabeth I’s maids of honour without her permission, it was then leased out but remained a favourite home of the famous explorer.

The castle grounds are a haven for wildlife and birds and it is an ideal spot for a picnic where you can take in the beautiful views across the surrounding countryside. Keep an eye out for ‘Lady Betty’s Pinks’ during July and August, named after Sir Walter Ralegh’s wife, Elizabeth, flowering throughout the grounds.


SEND Facilities

Free pre-visit

Risk assessment available

Resources available

Key Information

Age suitability

5-7 yr olds, 7-11 yr olds, 11-14 yr olds, 14-16 yr olds,

Key Stages

  • Key Stage 1,

  • Key Stage 2,

  • Key Stage 3,

  • Key Stage 4,

Risk Assessment copy available?

By post or email


  • Castles,

  • Hands on history,

Risk Assessment Category


Annual opening times

Good Friday 19th April to 27th October 2019

Resources Provided


Suitable for disabled/SEND needs


Group Size

Up to 120

Group Rates

We offer special discount rates for groups of 15 or more visitors, all our group tours include admission to the Castle, Gardens and Grounds.



Hands on history

Curriculum Subjects



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