The Gardens at Sherborne Castle
An English Landscape Garden’
Our Grade I listed Garden was one of Capability Brown’s first commissions giving us a magnificent English Landscape Garden which survives largely unaltered today. In the Castle’s Cellar Museum we have an exhibition Capability Brown at Sherborne Castle which draws on the castle archives to tell the story of his work here.
Paths and trails lead you through 30 acres of Gardens and Pleasure Grounds commanding spectacular views of more than 1,000 acres of parkland. On our map we suggest two walks, one short and one long. Rolling landscapes, sweeping lawns and majestic specimen trees surround the 50-acre lake. Colour is provided throughout the seasons, from spectacular displays of spring bulbs and daffodils, through Summer Herbaceous borders to the breathtaking colours of Autumn reflected in the lake. A programme of tree and plant labelling helps identification of the many species. The Garden boasts many champion trees including cedars of Lebanon and a particularly important Ginkgo tree. This natural and tranquil setting provides an ideal habitat for the abundant wildlife found on the lake and adjacent grounds. This provides a perfect stage set for all amateur and professional photographers alike.
We hope you will take the time to explore our beautiful garden.