Opening Times

1st April – 29th October 2017

Gardens from 10am, Tea Room from 10.30am, Castle and Gift Shop from 11am with last admissions at 4.30pm, closes at 5pm. Gardens close at 6pm.

Closed Mondays and Fridays but open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday.

Admission Prices

AdultSeniorChildren (0-15)
Gardens Only£6.50£6.50FREE*
Castle and Gardens£12£11.50FREE*

Prices do not apply to special event days listed on this site as the event admission charge will apply.
*maximum of 4 children per paying adult

Disabled person admission with their registered helpers

2 for 1 admission is offered whereby the helper is admitted free of charge and registered disabled person pays normal full adult price.

Groups visits of 15 or more

Includes admission to the Castle and GardensAdult/SeniorChildren (0-15)
with self guided Castle tour£9.50£4
Private Views by appointment£12.50£6.50

No concessions. Private Views start between 10am and 10.30am

Hire of the Orangery

The Orangery & Ginkgo Lawn is available to hire for functions, accommodating up to 85 people seated or up to 120 people seating and standing. The Orangery hire fee for the day is £750. Please contact or 01935 812072 for further information.

Season Tickets

A Season Ticket permits the named holder to walk in the gardens and grounds of Sherborne Castle every day of the year during daylight hours between 7.30am and 8.00pm*. For a small additional charge, Season Ticket holders can also visit the Castle interior during the advertised open days and times.

All season ticket holders are entitled to a 10% discount in the Shop and Tea Room

more information about season tickets

Gardens Only Season Ticket: allows the holder the benefits of free parking; the opportunity to walk within 40 acres of beautiful lakeside gardens and landscaped grounds; to see a variety of wildlife on the 50-acre lake; to be accompanied by up to 4 children free of charge (aged 0 to 15 years); and to receive a 10% discount on purchases made in the Castle Gift Shop and Tea Room. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Castle and Gardens Season Ticket: also allows free entry into the Castle during advertised days and times of the public open season between 1st April to 29th October.

Annual subscriptionSix month subscription
July to December
Gardens Only £60£30
Castle & Gardens£70£35

Tickets are valid for the named card holder only. Terms and conditions apply.

* with the exception of certain Special Event days, when an additional entrance fee may be charged; this should be no more than 5 days per year.


Seasons Ticket Information and Payment Form pdf

Historic Houses Association members

Friends of the HHA are admitted free of charge. Please note this does not apply to special event days listed on this site as the event admission charge will apply.

English Heritage members

Members of English Heritage are admitted to the Gardens and Grounds of the New Castle at a reduced price of £5 instead of £6.50, but there is still an additional charge for entry into the Castle interior: Adults and Seniors £5.50 and up to 4 children (0 to 15) admitted free. Please note: The above offer is not valid on special event days. The Old Castle is administered and managed by English Heritage.