Top 10 Things to do in Sherborne, United Kingdom (UK)

October 8, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Sherborne is a market town and civil parish in north west Dorset, in South West England. It is sited on the River Yeo, on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, 6 miles (10 kilometres) east of Yeovil. The A30 road, which connects London to Penzance, runs through the town. In the 2011 census the population of Sherborne parish and the two electoral wards was 9,523. 28.7% of the population is aged 65 or older.
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1. Sherborne Abbey

The Parish Office 3 Abbey Close, Sherborne DT9 3LQ, England +44 1935 812452
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Sherborne Abbey

Reviewed By Ashsaw - Surrey, United Kingdom

A haven of peace and beautiful architecture with an absolutely stunning ceiling towering above you.
There are free written guides to the Abbey which are very useful as otherwise you might miss some of the more interesting points. However I would suggest checking out the history before you go so you get the best out of your visit.

2. Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England +44 1935 812072
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4.5 based on 390 reviews

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle & Gardens are open 30th March - 28th October 2018. Open Good Friday and Bank Holiday Mondays, (closed Mondays and Fridays). Gardens open 10am, Tearoom 10.30, Castle and Shop 11am. Last admission to Castle 4.15, Castle closes at 5pm, Gardens 6pm.

Reviewed By GH_C23 - Oxford

Lovely trip to the castle with 3 children. Castle was interesting & well presented - we all enjoyed it. The grounds are beautiful, even in the rain. Just a shame you can’t get close to the old castle.Thank you for visiting us. Apologies for the weather. The Old Castle can be largely seen from the far side of the lake. Sadly, access is not granted as it is under the management of English Heritage.

3. Sherborne Old Castle

Sherborne Castle New Road | Castleton, Sherborne DT9 5NR, England +44 1935 812730
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Sherborne Old Castle

Originally a 12th century fortified bishop's palace which was leased to Sir Walter Raleigh and later became a powerful Civil War Royalist base. It fell to Parliament after a fierce 11 day siege. Now a romantic ruin and home to a great range of wildlife, birds and plants. A perfect picnic spot. Child friendly and dog friendly.

Reviewed By Yvonne M - London, United Kingdom

If you want to build a castle, this would be the ideal site. The English Heritage caretaking shows this beautiful ruin off to perfection, the grounds are beautifully kept and the ticket office and gift shop have a very helpful custodian. Well worth a half hour or so to wander around, fabulous views over the countryside and towards the new castle, don't miss it for the location and peaceful grounds.

4. Sherborne Walks

Digby Road | Tourist Information Centre, Sherborne DT9 3NL, England
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Sherborne Walks

Sherborne's own Blue Badge guide, Cindy Chant, takes you for a gentle stroll around this historic market town. The walk commences at the Tourist Information Centre on Digby Road: taking in the outside of the Abbey, the School, the Yeatman Hospital and back along Cheap Street - with its diverse buildings built from handsome ochre coloured local Hamstone

Reviewed By Anne P

Sindy is a font of knowledge on the history of Sherborne. She encouraged us to ask questions. We have been to Sherborne every year for the last 15 years and had not been on a history walk. We would highly recommend it. We learnt so much on this walk.

5. Sherborne Museum

Church Lane, Sherborne DT9 3BP, England +44 1935 812252
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Sherborne Museum

This fascinating small museum reflects the social and historical life of Sherborne, a market town in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Attractions include a unique medieval wall-painting, a touch-screen version of the glorious Sherborne Missal, botanical watercolours by pioneering Edwardian artist Diana Wilson, a vast photographic archive, a famous dolls' house, silk displays and much more. Ground floor wheelchair access.

Reviewed By Janet F - Sherborne, United Kingdom

This museum is tucked away near the conduit at the bottom of the main street. It's a lovely way to spend a couple of hours browsing at all the local artefacts collected from the area, or half an hour for a quick look.The staff are...MoreThat's lovely to hear and the staff will welcome your positive feedback - thank you

6. Acreman Street Antique Centre

121 Acreman Street, Sherborne DT9 3PH, England +44 1935 508764
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Acreman Street Antique Centre

Reviewed By Peter M - Cockermouth, United Kingdom

If you're keen on antiques, this is a must visit shop. If you do go here be sure that you stop for a bite to eat at the really excellent tea room just inside the entrance from the car park.
The lady who has just taken over this shop is delightful and makes al, her own cakes and though we didn't get to try it the smell of the soup she was making for the next day was just heavenly. (Apparently it was going to be Tomato and Basil)
We aim to return soon, not just for the antiques, but for whatever soup is on offer, as well

2 Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA, England +44 1935 815335
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Global Images Gallery

Britain's only gallery devoted to Mountaineering and Landscape Photography with almost a thousand square feet of hanging area. There are always two or three themed Exhibitions featuring the Mountains, landscapes and peoples of all seven continents. These change every four months. The Gallery is open 7 days a week and admission is free of charge. The emphasis and ethos of the gallery is on viewing rather than selling but 10% of all sales goes directly to Third World Projects.

Reviewed By JLMCMM - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

This charming and friendly gallery in the heart of Sherborne is a delight to visit. Needless to say, Michael Bromfield has produced spectacular and beautiful images of his adventurous travels; many of his photographs are breath-taking, displaying a genuine affinity with his subjects. This exhibition whets your appetite for the next visit.
John Mahoney

8. The Toy Barn

Blackmarsh Farm | Dodd's Cross, Sherborne DT9 4JX, England +44 1935 815040
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The Toy Barn

Reviewed By GlobalNomad48 - Yeovil, United Kingdom

What a discovery!!! It was so special exploring the Toy Barn as a senior youngster for the first time. The location, a Farm and the skillful display work combine to make a must for youngsters or parents searching for that surprise present. The toys range from small models to larger toys of all kinds plus even a whole section outside of tree-houses, slides, swings, trampolines etc.
Am sure you would be delighted by your visit. It is a special place for sure. Intriguing and with friendly staff who are able to guide and assist as required. Believe you will enjoy a visit to the Toy Barn.... Why not make it a part of your visit to the historic town of Sherborne which has many more attractions including a Castle....
Global Nomad48

9. Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre

Oborne Road, Sherborne DT9 3RX, England +44 1963 250206
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Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre

Reviewed By fay667 - Dorchester, United Kingdom

a small museum which is located in its original pumphouse which was built in 1869 and houses the 26feet diameter waterwheel, a new building has been built to house two Hindley steam engines and boiler. the staff are very helpfull to answer any questions you may have, its history to the town was vital and all fasinating.

51 Cheap Street, Sherborne DT9 3AX, England +44 1935 814465
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The Swan Gallery

We are a family business which has been dealing in good traditional Victorian, Edwardian & Early 20th Century watercolours, drawings and oil paintings, antique maps and prints for over 30 years. Our large gallery lies in the centre of the historic market town of Sherborne. All our paintings are carefully selected as good or outstanding examples of artists’ oeuvres. Subjects include marine, landscape, sporting, portraits, still life and genre. Quality, condition and presentation are very important to us and our team of conservationists and framers all have over 25 years experience. Watercolours are presented in conservation mounts with hand painted washlines and framed appropriately for the period. We hold bi-annual Exhibitions of newly acquired paintings, for which we send out free colour catalogues and email alerts to our many collectors all over the world. Please feel free to add yourself to our mailing list by contacting us.

Reviewed By shoogslondon - london

I can lose myself in here. Immersed in top quality Oils , watercolours and prints of anything from country scenes to south west maps, this is a gem of a place and fits the exquisite setting of Cheap St, Sherborne brilliantly. Independent shops galore in a bygone age that is pleasantly alive. There are brains working here- beneath the surface - and it works

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