Things to see and do in Sherborne

Whether you’re planning your holiday or a short break, you’ll find plenty of things to entertain the whole family in Sherborne. From the spectacular attractions and activities to excellent shopping and dining, we've got everything you need to know for your trip.  

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 Lancelet 'Capability' Brown landscaped gardens at Sherborne Castle and Gardens, 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. Now managed by English Heritage, the grounds are a fantastic place to explore and enjoy a picnic.  

Explore Sherborne on a guided walking tour

Take a walk back in time and unlock over 1300 years of history with a guided walking tour of Sherborne.  Sherborne Walks is run by professional Blue Badge Tour Guides and they will bring the history of the town back to life with quirky facts and humorous tales, you'll really discover the very best bits of this beautiful town with a personal touch.  

Discover museums!  

Discover the town’s history at Sherborne Museum, which is housed in what used to be the gatehouse and almonry of the monastery once associated with the Abbey. You'll find plenty of treasures including a unique medieval wall-painting!

Go a little further afield and you'll find Haynes International Motor Museum, where you'll find 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! 

You'll also find 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! 

Shop ‘til you drop 

The town of Sherborne is a shopper’s delight, it is packed with a whole range of high-street shops, independent boutiques, galleries, markets delis and antique shops.   

During your day of shopping make sure you take a well earned rest for some refreshments or lunch at one of the many eateries, offering delicious tasty and local food. Why not buy some locally produced treats to enjoy at home to remind you of your trip?

Get active in Sherborne! 

If you want to keep fit and active during your stay in Sherborne, there’s plenty of places you can burn off some energy. Kids will love the local play areas and skate park where they can practice their skills.  

The local leisure centres have a whole range of activities, from state-of-the-art climbing walls, swimming pools, racket sports and classes for you to join.  

For those who love golf, take a visit to Sherborne Golf Course. This 18-hole course offers beginner to elite golfers a rewarding experience, with spectacular scenery and views along the way. Why not relax after a game and take some refreshments at the Clubhouse.  

Start planning your trip 

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

Days Outhighlights

Sherborne Abbey

Although there was probably an earlier Celtic church on the site, Aldhelm is celebrated as the founder of the church in Sherborne in 705 AD. Founded as a cathedral, it became an Abbey in 998AD, before...

Sherborne Castle and Gardens

Please check the website to confirm the opening times. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617; a fascinating visit to the historic Sherborne...

Sherborne Museum

Sherborne Museum is housed in what used to be the gatehouse and almonry of the monastery once associated with the Abbey. Founded in 1968, from the outset it has been dedicated to the geological,...

So much to see & do in Sherborne


Sherborne has a fascinating history with plenty of ancient and beautiful buildings.

Family Friendly

There is something for the whole family in Sherborne, no matter the weather.

Gardens & Parks

Take some time to explore the Sherborne's peaceful and historical gardens.

Shopping & Markets

Sherborne is a shopper’s paradise offering a mixture of independent shops, high-street brands and markets.

Active & Outdoor

Sherborne’s beautiful countryside makes it the perfect setting to get active on your trip.

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Shops & Markets

This traditional high street is packed with boutiques, art galleries, delis and antique shops.

Eating Out

From light lunches to sumptuous feasts at award winning restaurants, you're spoilt for choice.

Where To Stay

You'll find lots of options for places to stay overnight in Sherborne.

Explore & Discover

Sherborne is surrounded by beautiful countryside easily explored on foot or by bike.