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Originally a fortified 12th-century bishop’s palace, Sherborne Old Castle became the home of Sir Walter Ralegh. Later a powerful Royalist base, it saw fierce fighting during the civil war, Described by Sir Oliver Crowmwell as ‘Malicious and Mischievous’ it finally fell in 1645.
The castle grounds today with its picturesque views across the surrounding countryside is a haven for wildlife and flowers,. Keep an eye out for 'Lady Betty's Pinks' flowering in the grounds during July and August, locally named after Sir Walter Ralegh's wife, Elizabeth,
The great gatehouse, still impressive after all this time
The chapels with decorative carved stone in the shape of ‘Bishops Mitres’
The moat walk
The great range of wildlife and wildflowers around the site
You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit. If you are a Member and wish to book, your ticket is still free.