Sherborne is a historic market town situated approximately 120 miles (209 km) west of London close to the Somerset/Dorset border. It lies on the A30 that runs from the Capital to Land’s End in Cornwall. Until the opening of the M3 and A303 (5 miles to the north at Wincanton), giving access to London and the Home Counties along the M3 and M25 route, the A30 was the major trunk road providing access to the West Country. ‘Things’ are a little more peaceful now!!
With its abundance of ancient and beautiful buildings, superb Abbey, world famous Schools, picturesque Almshouse and two Castles, Sherborne has much to offer visitors. It's also the perfect location for those wishing to explore the delightful and unspoilt Wessex area of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Whether you are interested in walking in rolling countryside, enjoying a wide variety of pubs and restaurants or finding out about the Abbey and the two castles, Sherborne will provide you with fantastic memories and experiences.
Sherborne is a popular centre of activity for locals and visitors alike. It is known for its cultural events and festivals as well as its beautiful high street. Cheap Street is home to a wide range of independent shops offering fashion, gifts, antiques, local food, specialist chocolates, wine and more. There is definitely something for everyone; you can be as busy or as quiet as you want to be.
Transport links are good with the main line station, located just a 5 – 10 minute walk from the town centre and our Sherborne properties, linking directly with London Waterloo (2 hours 20 minutes) and Exeter (1 hour 10 minutes). Train times can be found at www.southwesttrains.co.uk
The town is also benefits from a service provided by the National Express Coaches – www.nationalexpress.com and has good connections via public transport and the following local bus companies:
Here are some useful links to some of Sherborne's attractions:
Sherborne Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and has been the home of the Digby family since 1617. It is steeped in history and has splendid collections of Art and Antiques and has one of Capability Brown's finest landscapes.
Sherborne Old Castle
Sherborne Old Castle is a romantic 12th century ruin set in beautiful grounds next to New Sherborne Castle. After withstanding two sieges during the Civil War, only the Southwest Gatehouse and parts of the castle, including the Great Tower and the North Range, now survive. The castle grounds are a haven for wildlife and birds and it is an ideal spot for a picnic where you can take in the beautiful views across the surrounding countryside.
Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England’s parish churches. For many it is still the ‘cathedral of Dorset’. All our properties are within a five minute walk of the Abbey.
located in what was the Abbey Gatehouse in the heart of the town, Sherborne Museum is home to over 15,000 items of local history. Apart from a few purchases, the items have all been donated by local residents, and the displays are enhanced by models, illustrations and back-drops by local artists.