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Sherbourne Castle in Dorset

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Sherbourne castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and has been the home to the Digby family since 1617. The building was a medieval hunting lodge in the Deer park

Sir Walter petitioned Queen Elizabeth to persuade the church to relinguish the estate to the crown. Raleigh then tried to modernise the 12th century old castle but decided to build a new home on the site of the hunting lodge.

The four wings were added in the 1620s. During the civil war parlimentary forces ruined it. William of orange visited in 1688 and was entertained by the Digby family. The gardens were laid out by Robert Digby.

Sir Walter Raleigh built the new house which he called Sherbourne lodge in 1594 and a stained glass window bearing his initals and coat of arms survived until the last century. Sir Walter was beheaded for treason by King James I allowed Sir John Digby to purchase the castle and his family have lived there ever since.

A lake was created in 1753 by " Capability Brown".

Contact details

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telephone: 01935 812072
address:  Sherbourne Castle Estates
Cheap Street

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Opening Times

30th March to 31st October 2013

Castle, Gardens, Gift Shop and Tea-Room are open daily,
except Mondays and Fridays (open on Bank Holiday Mondays),
between 11.00am and 4.30pm (last admission)
(Please note that the Castle interior and shop opens later on Saturdays at 2.00pm)

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Gardens only
Adult / Senior 6.00

Children (0-15) Free (maximum of 4 children per paying adult)

No concessions or party rate for Garden only

NB additional fee for the Castle interior: Adult 5.00, Senior 4.50)

Castle and Gardens

Adult: 11.00
Senior: 10.00
Child: (0-15) Free (maximum of 4 children per paying adult)

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