Nestled in green valleys and wooded hills, Sherborne is without doubt, one of the most beautiful towns in England and has a reputation for rich history, beautiful architecture, art, antiques and world famous schools. If you are planning a trip to Sherborne and have only 24 hours to explore, here is a guide on how to make the most of your time.

In the morning

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at one of the town's many cafes or restaurants. Kafe Fontana is a great option, they offer a wide range of breakfast dishes, from full English to pancake stacks, using locally sourced ingredients.

After breakfast, take a stroll around the town to appreciate its stunning architecture, including the picturesque Almshouse which was built in the 15th Century.  Sherborne Abbey, a beautiful 15th-century church, is a must-visit. Its impressive interior, stained glass windows, and intricate stonework make it one of the most beautiful churches in England. Take a moment to admire the ornate ceiling and the impressive organ, which was built in the 19th century.

Next, head to the Sherborne Museum to learn more about the town's fascinating history. The museum is housed in what used to be the gatehouse and almonry of the monastery once associated with the Abbey and contains exhibits on the town's medieval past, and the lives of the people who lived in Sherborne over the centuries. 

Take note of the interesting Digby Memorial and visit Sherborne School which has many famous alumni to its name on your wanders around the town. 

Exterior of Sherborne Abbey in Dorset

If you'd prefer to be guided round the town then why not take in a guided tour with Sherborne Walks and learn more of this beautiful town's tales and the characters that have settled here.

Make sure you take time out when strolling around the mellow stoned town to peruse the wide range of independent boutiques and specialist gift shops, providing home inspiration and exclusive fashion.

For lunch, you’ll be spoilt by tempting tearooms, coffee shops, cafés, pubs, bistros and local delis. Make sure you fuel up ready for the afternoon ahead!

In the afternoon

After lunch, it’s time to explore Sherborne’s castles. Which one you choose is up to you or you might have time to squeeze both in!

Sherborne Old Castle is managed by English Heritage and was built in the early 12th century, before Sir Walter Raleigh acquired the castle in the 1592.

English Heritage's Sherborne Old Castle in Dorset

The Old Castle was twice besieged during the Civil War and after the second siege in 1645 when the buildings were badly damaged, Parliament ordered that it be destroyed.

The remains are very impressive and a model of the castle in its original state can be seen at Sherborne Museum. 

Sherborne Castle and Gardens (the newer of Sherborne's castles) was built on the site of a former hunting lodge by Sir Walter Raleigh.

Grounds and exterior of Sherborne Castle and Gardens

The Digby family became owners of the castle in 1617 and it has remained in the family ever since. You can discover all its fascinating history and see its fine collection of pictures, porcelain and furniture.

The castle’s grounds and lake were designed by the famous 18th Century landscape architect ‘Capability Brown’.


After such a busy day you'll need something delicious to eat to reenergise and talk about the wonderful day you've just had.  Head to one of the town's many restaurants and finish the perfect day out in style!