Things To Do in Sherborne

Wondering what to put on your ‘must see’ list in Sherborne?

From the spectacular Abbey and two castles to the top of the range leisure facilities, we've got everything you need to know about days out in Sherborne.

Unravel the town’s fascinating history

The town’s impressive Abbey Church is regarded by many to be the 'cathedral of Dorset'. Its most beautiful feature is the stone, fan vaulted ceiling and it’s such a glorious sight to behold, you’ll gasp in wonderment.

If you’re visiting Sherborne, a trip to the town’s two castles is a must!

Wander around magnificent state rooms and Capability Brown gardens at Sherborne New Castle, the historic Digby stately home built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594.

Sherborne Old Castle, by contrast, is an impressive ruin of a 12th century castle that withstood two sieges during the Civil War.

Discover museums full of action and excitement

Grown ups will love the amazing cars and bikes at Haynes International Motor Museum, from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220. And for the kids, there’s the Vroom Room, an interactive garage and mini road system, a construction zone with Super Diggers and so much more to get their little hands on!

At the nearby Fleet Air Arm Museum, you can go on board the first British Concorde and visit the award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience where you’ll 'fly' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal!

Get active in Sherborne!

If you want to keep fit and healthy during your stay in Sherborne, there’s plenty of places you can burn off energy.

The Gryphon Sports Centre offers a range of pay as you play as well as a fitness suite, tennis courts, netball courts, sports hall and a floodlit artificial turf pitch.

Just pick a sport and you’ll be away!

Make a break of it

If you need more time to see all of Sherborne’s highlights, why not stay for longer?

There’s plenty of places to stay in and around the town whether you prefer hotels, guest houses, cottages or canvas – why not start planning your visit right now?!

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Sherborne Old Castle

Wander in the footsteps of Sir Walter Ralegh and discover his country home. Originally a 12th-century bishop’s palace, Sherborne Old Castle became the home of Sir Walter Ralegh (an English...