The Sherborne Castle is a beautifully maintained castle that showcases rich interiors of the Bishop's family. Tour its symbolic halls and rooms to view varied antique collections of art, furnishings, porcelain amongst many others. Built in 1594 and constructed by Roger Bishop, it showcases beautifully landscaped gardens. Being a picture-perfect venue, it also makes as an excellent event space. The Castle boasts of unique features in beautiful environs that tickles the fancy of locals and tourists alike. Check website for more details.
Seaton Down or Seaton Down Fort is a large Iron Age hill fort 125 meters (410 feet) above Sea Level. The imposing structure consists of a large defensive wall which is speculated to have been used as a fortification. The fort which rests on private land is bordered by two footpaths on each side from where the site can be easily seen.
The Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha, is a rare dedication to these saints and dates back to the 13th Century. Housed within are a number of fine artistic pieces including a perpendicular font and medieval stained glass windows. The stained, carved and colored pulpit was restored to its former glory after it was discovered under a layer of plaster. Although the church may appear cold and foreboding at times, with its square tower looming over the rest of the church, on the inside it is inviting and calm with numerous architectural details that keep your eyes busy.
Church of St Nicholas is a stunning Norman church in the town of Combe St. Nicholas. The first stage of the tower and the nave date back to the 13th Century while most of the rest of the building was added during the 15th Century. It is believed that a church existed at the site even before the Norman times. The font found within the nave is believed to date back to pre-norman times. This magnificent church is decked with a number of details and nuances that become obvious upon close inspection, such as the gargoyles which adorn the tower, and the 15th Century carvings on the rood screen. The hamstone walls enclose within it a sense of calm and serenity which soothes your soul. Visitors can join in the services if they wish to or engage in quiet prayer. Music is often incorporated the services and there is an active group of bell-ringers.
The Church of St Andrew is believed to date back to Norman times. Most of the existing building is estimated to have been built in the 15th century, with a number of renovations and alterations made over the years. The existing building features a chancel arch that is typical of Somerset, an excellent perpendicular style rood screen, bench end carvings and a Norman font. As you walk through the church, you will notice a number of memorials and other little details which bear testament to the years of local history contained within these walls.
Whitestaunton Manor dates back to the 15th Century, however excavations done in 1882 revealed the foundations of a Roman Villa within the grounds of the manor. The current building reflects a number of different time periods and styles due to the alterations and expansions made to it over the years. During recent restoration work, 15th century a Hammerbeam roof was uncovered and has now been restored to its original glory. The manor makes quite a noble sight, surrounded by the rolling green landscape with a view of St. Andrew's Church. With such scenic surroundings, it is no surprise that the site has been occupied since Roman times.
The St Mary's Church is a well known Roman Catholic parish in Ilminster. Known to be built in 15th Century, the building was well maintained and preserved until it was renovated by William Burgess in 1825, after a couple of years the chancel was restored as well in the year 1883. The most recent restoration took place in 1902. The structure is made of Hamstone and is a Grade I listed building since 1950.