Opening Times

Good Friday 19th April to 27th October 2019

Closed Mondays & Fridays but open Bank Holiday Mondays

: Open from 10am, closes 6pm
Tearoom: Open from 10.30am, last orders 4.45pm, closes 5pm
Shop: Open from 11am, closes 5pm
Castle: Open from 11am, last admission 4.15pm, closes 5pm

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

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 the hours on the below schedule*. 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 Good Friday 19th April – 27th October 2019.

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

Royal Horticultural Society members

Members of the RHS are admitted to the Gardens free of charge throughout April and October 2018. This offer is open to all individual RHS members as well as Joint and Life members who show a current membership card, or temporary membership form, to gain entry.

For RHS joint memberships, free entry applies to one cardholder only.

For RHS Life members, free entry applies to both members.

Free entry does not include:

  • Admission to go inside Sherborne Castle. An additional charge of £5.50 per adult or £5 per senior is payable at the Castle Visitor Reception.
  • Free entry does not apply to guests.
  • Free entry does not apply to members traveling as part of an organised group. The appropriate group rate will apply.

RHS members are very welcome to visit Sherborne Castle & Gardens during other months of the open season when Gardens only admission is £6.50 per person.

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.