Explore and Discover Sherborne

There is much to explore in Sherborne including the town’s impressive Abbey Church, two castles (one built by Sir Walter Raleigh), picturesque mediaeval buildings and an intriguing 15th century Almshouse

The town trail will help to guide you around Sherborne’s star attractions and unravel its fascinating history. If you want to uncover more about the Sherborne of times gone by, a visit to Sherborne Town Museum is a must. 

Blue Badge Tourist Guided Walks 

Join Paul Birbeck for a gentle stroll around this historic market town. The informative walk takes in the exteriors of Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne School, the Yeatman Hospital and historic Cheap Street. Walks last for approximately 2.5 hours and cost £15.00 per person. 


You can explore the countryside surrounding Sherborne on foot or by bike on a number of trails including the Monarch’s Way and the National Cycle Network Route 26

To visit the Dorset countryside right on your doorstep, you can visit Purlieu Meadows near to Sherborne’s railway station. The meadow is next to the River Yeo and there is a large grass field where children (and dogs) can run free and burn off some energy. 

A little further out of town you’ll find some tranquil nature reserves to visit along with Sutton Bingham Reservoir on the county border between Dorset and Somerset. 

History and Heritage 

The market town of Sherborne has a long and distinguished history dating back to Roman times. 

If you’re a culture seeker, you’ll love wandering around Sherborne’s two castles or gazing at the architecture of Sherborne Abbey.  

The town has many famous connections including legendary explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, author and poet Thomas Hardy and Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin. 

Dog Friendly 

If you’re visiting Sherborne with your faithful friend, you’ll find lots of places which welcome dogs

Purlieu Meadows down by the River Yeo is a must, along with the grounds of both castles as well as Paddock Garden.

A stay at The Eastbury Hotel and Spa is a real treat for both owners and dogs, complete with doggy dinners! 

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Things To Do

Discover castle ruins, gorgeous gardens, a stunning Abbey and more in this quaint market town.

Car Free Days Out

Explore the Roman towns at Yeovil and Dorchester or the cathedral cities of Exeter and Salisbury.

Stay a While

Beautiful hotels, cosy B&Bs and sumptuous self catering accommodation awaits you in Sherborne