Sherborne Castle Garden

Sherborne Castle and Gardens

This was one of Capability Brown's first commissions giving the Nation a magnificent Landscape Garden

The Grade 1 listed garden at Sherborne Castle was one of Capability Brown's first commissions resulting in a magnificent English landscape Garden which survives largely unaltered today. A 50 acre lake forms the backdrop to a 42 acre garden with sweeping lawns, stunning herbaceous borders and majestic specimen trees, some of which are champion trees.
Delightful walks lead round the lake to garden features such as Raleigh's seat, the Cascade and the Folly. Shorter walks lead to the courtyard garden, the "Ginkgo Lawn" and the Orangery, next to the boathouse and pier where there are wonderful views of the old castle ruins. Colour is provided throughout the seasons, from spectacular displays of spring bulbs and daffodils, through summer planting and the breath taking colours of autumn are reflected in the lake.

The Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and has been the stately home of the Digby family since 1617. Sherborne Castle presents glorious staterooms displaying nationally important collections of Art, Furniture & Porcelain. In the Castle's cellars see Raleigh's Kitchen, and a Museum presenting fascinating family artefacts, Fossil & Archive displays and a 'Capability' Brown exhibition drawn from the archives tells of his impact and legacy on the Garden.

A new exhibition for 2018 - Sir Walter Raleigh at Sherborne -will mark the 400th anniversary of his execution.

2019 - Open from Good Friday 30th March to 28th October 2018 . See website for full details. Tearoom, shop.




  • Street: New Road
  • Postcode: DT9 5NR
  • City: Sherborne
  • County: Dorset


  • Telephone: 01935 812072
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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