Welcome to Sherborne

Discover Sherborne, in northwest Dorset, a beautiful, small market town which combines history, culture and a host of events and activities. Whether you are interested in walking in rolling countryside, enjoying a wide variety of pubs and restaurants or finding out about the Abbey and the two castles, Sherborne will provide you with fantastic memories and experiences.

The ancient market town of Sherborne was constituted as a cathedral city around AD 705. When visiting Dorset, Sherborne is an ideal place to stay. The writer Sir Simon Jenkins called Sherborne “the prettiest small town in Dorset”.


Christmas in Sherborne.  Come celebrate with us and join in the fun.


Sherborne – the perfect small English market town

Looking along Long Street

Sherborne is a delightful, small historic town in the north-west of Dorset. It has a total population of about 10,000, having doubled its population during the last 40 years. It lies on the northern slopes of the beautiful Yeo Valley surrounded by wooded hillsides and green pastures.  Dominated by its golden-coloured Abbey Church  the town has a number of buildings of architectural note including the 16th century Sherborne Castle and 18th century school. Within the town the narrow streets are lined with old grey stone buildings interspersed with early timber-framed, gabled-ended houses and local Ham stone structures.

This bustling little town and the surrounding area offers visitors some attractive sights, a pleasing variety of shops and a choice mix of coffee shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. On the surface, Sherborne might appear a quiet town but there is more going on than might be imagined: indeed, the town has innumerable societies and clubs pursuing many interests. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of entertainments from the local amateur dramatic productions to school jazz concerts and classical repertoires, from quiz nights, sporting events and arts lectures, to wine tastings and open gardens. There is definitely something for everyone; you can be as busy or as quiet as you want to be.



Cheap Street, the main shopping street in Sherborne, is closed to traffic from 11.00am to 4.00pm. ©Josie Elias

Cheap Street, the main shopping street in Sherborne, is closed to traffic from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
©Josie Elias


Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday

Country Market in Church Hall, Digby Road, Thursday mornings, 9:15am-11:15am

Farmers’ Market 3rd Friday in each month – Cheap Street, 9am-1pm. 

Saturday Antiques & Flea Market – held the fourth Saturday every month (exc. April and December), Church Hall, Digby Road. 9am-4pm.

Monthly Book Fair –every third Saturday, Church Hall, Digby Road. 9:30am-4pm.

Big Little Market – Local Artisan market every fourth Sunday, Digby Hall, Hound Street. 11am-4pm.