Welcome to Sherborne Castle, Dorset which has been our family home since 1617. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History. Our new exhibition – Sir Walter Raleigh at Sherborne – will mark the 400th anniversary of his execution. Capability Brown created here a nationally important English Landscape Garden, an exhibition drawn from the archives tells of his impact and legacy on the garden.
You will find here a typical country home where each succeeding generation has left its imprint. Come and visit the Castle’s rich interiors with its nationally important collections of art, furniture and porcelain, together with Raleigh’s original kitchen, family artefacts and archaeological ‘finds’ from the old medieval castle on view in the castle cellars.
Please explore our 42 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting. Capability Brown in 1753 created the 50 acre lake and gave us the very latest in landscape gardening, with magnificent specimen trees, herbaceous borders and sweeping lawns.
We host wedding and civil ceremonies, receptions, a country fair, a firework extravaganza, classic car rallies, film crews and a variety of other corporate and private events. The gardens are appreciated by many visitors and groups who return throughout the year to enjoy their beauty through the seasons. Our Tea Room serves delicious light lunches and afternoon teas and the Gift Shop has a selection of gifts, souvenirs and our very own Sherborne Castle Wines.
We hope you will come and visit us and we look forward to welcoming you.
The Wingfield Digby Family