Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact us before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.
You now need to book timed-tickets in advance to visit Sherborne Old Castle. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation.
If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance.
You can only book for visits until 30 June. Tickets for visits after this date will go on sale as soon as we have more details of our opening arrangements. We’ll update this page when we have more information to share.Book your visit
Mobility / Older Visitors
Accessible ToiletsAdult Changing AreaHandrailsEasy-use CutleryAssistance Dogs WelcomeWheelchair LoanSite FoldersDog Bowl and ToiletingNoWheelchair AccessThe site is wheelchair accessible (all surfaces are grassed).Entrance / Set DownVisitors with limited mobility can be set down by the castle shop - please call in advance to make arrangements.Disabled ParkingThere are no separate, allocated disabled parking spaces.OnSite TransportNoStairsThere are roughly 10 to 15 steps leading into the barbican.Lift AccessNoSeating And RestpointsThere are a number of benches located around the parameter of the inner castle.Pathways Surface And GradientsAll pathways are gravel. There are also a number of undulating grassed areas.
Blind / Visually Impaired
Accessible ToiletsHandrailsAssistance Dogs WelcomeBraille GuidesBraille SignageTorchesSensory ExperiencesSensory experiences include the sound of birdsong.Dog Bowl and ToiletingNoHandling ObjectsNoAudio ToursNoSite ToursNoTactile ModelsNoAreas Of Low LightingNoColour ContrastsNoLarge PrintNo
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Assistance Dogs WelcomeVibrating Fire AlarmsTour TranscriptsFilm SubtitlesBSL ToursAudio Installation TranscriptsDog Bowl and ToiletingNoInduction LoopsYes, in the shop.
Accessible ToiletsAdult Changing AreaEasy-use CutlerySensory ExperiencesSensory experiences include the sound of birdsong.Handling ObjectsNoEasy Read MaterialThere are a number of information signs located around the castle.Large Print MaterialNo
Culinary / Dietary
Easy-use CutleryBottle / Food WarmingHigh Chairs
Health And Safety
Trip HazardYes, including a number of low ruined walls.Sheer DropYesSlip HazardYesSteep SlopeYesUneven GroundYes