Welcome to Sherborne

Welcome to Sherborne in Dorset, a picture perfect town full of history, independent shops and plenty to see and do. Browse the headings and drop down menus to find out what’s happening in this vibrant market town and what events are coming up. You’ll also find useful information about where to stay and what to visit in the surrounding area. We hope you enjoy your visit!


With its quaint, quintessential high street overseen by romantic castle ruins decorating the top of the hill, and Capability Brown designed gardens in a location once enjoyed by dashing Tudor Sir Walter Raleigh while residing in the “new” castle, Sherborne is perfect for the Instagram Generation.The magnificent glorious golden Abbey takes centre place in the town alongside the charming arches of the picturesque almshouse and whatever the season, or the weather, the town provides the perfect frame!Never heard of it? Discover Sherborne, in northwest Dorset, a beautiful, small market town with a population of about 12,000 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 is famous for its historic buildings including its Abbey Church, the renowned Sherborne Boys’ School and two castles. The Abbey and many of the medieval and Georgian buildings are built from  distinctive ochre-coloured hamstone.

Sherborne is a popular centre of activity for locals and visitors alike. It is known for its cultural events and festivals as well as its beautiful high street. Cheap Street is home to a wide range of independent shops offering fashion, gifts, antiques, local food, specialist chocolates, wine and more.

Sherborne was constituted as a cathedral city around AD 705. When visiting Dorset, Sherborne is an ideal place to stay with a main line railway station straight to Waterloo, London. The writer Sir Simon Jenkins called Sherborne “the prettiest small town in Dorset”but come and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! Click on the videos below to enjoy more of this beautiful town.

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