Our guide to holidays in Sherborne

Sherborne in the north west of Dorset is a pretty, market town. Close to the River Yeo, Sherborne boasts medieval buildings, castles and picturesque scenery. Holidays in Sherborne are perfect for walking holidays, family breaks and time spent with friends – whatever your ideal pastime is, Dorset is the perfect place to enjoy it.

Things to do in Sherborne

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is always a hit with locals and visitors. Held in the village of Tarrant Hinton, central Dorset, this incredible event includes hundreds of steam engine vehicles from every corner of the globe as well as horses, live music and children’s entertainment. Look out for the old steam funfair with over 60 traditional roundabouts and the live stunt displays with monster truck and motorcycles.

Sherborne Abbey in the centre of town is a remarkable sight. Take a look around and admire its striking features. Founded in AD 705, take a guided tour to discover more about the abbeys history. Learn about its architecture, origins and other tales. There are regular services here, as well as concerts, so check to see what events are on before you leave town.

If you’ve always wanted to experience a hot air balloon ride, now is your chance. Aerosaurus provide balloon rides above Devon and the South West of England. Take a dawn or dusk flight, romantic ride or private flight – you can also have your picture taken so you have something to remember forever. Enjoy the scenery from great heights and make this a moment to cherish.

Sherborne Attractions

Not many places can say they boast two castles but Sherborne sure does. Sherborne Old Castle resides on the grounds of the new one and is a stunning attraction to visit. Today, it’s an English Heritage site and is classed as romantic ruins rather than in its original state. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy a trip here. People love to have a picnic here as they as they admire the beautiful views. You might also spot some local wildlife on your travels.

Sherborne Castle itself boasts stunning gardens as well as a lake. The lake is in the heart of the 30 acres of garden and it’s a site to cherish. The pretty lawns and trees are the perfect backdrop, whether you want to sit and relax or take a stroll on one of the trails. Keep an eye out for some of the local residents, including ducks and water fowl.

Sherborne Museum in the centre of town is housed in a grade II listed building. Since it opened in 1968, its showcased some of the most amazing treasures. From a mummified cat to memorial stone plaque, there’s plenty to see here. There’s also a vast collection of art to browse too.

Restaurants in Sherborne

Food lovers will enjoy a bite to eat at The Pear Tree. This eatery has a great reputation for serving delicious food at every time of the day. Whether you’re after breakfast, lunch or dinner, the gourmet style food and friendly atmosphere will leave you feeling warm inside. In summer, enjoy your food on the outdoor patio or ask to take your food away for a tasty picnic. As well as local produce, you’ll find food from as far away as Tuscany.

The Bakery Café serves some of the best food in Sherborne. Freshly baked bread, pizzas and light bites are just a few favourites to look out for. The café has a real rustic feel to it, with pizzas served on wood boards and long, wooden tables in the dining room. The menu has many dishes for all the family to relish. We love the homemade soup and sandwiches – they’re perfect for lunch!

Café Baglioni is located in a quiet alleyway but it’s one of Sherborne’s hidden gems. If you’re searching for somewhere to put your feet up for an hour or two, this is the place to be. Grab a refreshing coffee or light bite as you contemplate the next attraction on your itinerary. If you’re visiting in summer, have a snack outdoors, next to the colourful hanging baskets that light up the street. With friendly service and a tranquil atmosphere, this is somewhere you’ll want to keep coming back to.

Sherborne Old Castle

How many towns can say they have two castles to their name? Well, Sherborne for one. The old castle sits in the grounds of the new one (which was built using some of the stone form the original) and it dates back to the 12 th century. Originally built as a fortified palace, Sherborne Old Castle is now an English...

Sherborne Abbey

It’s only right that Sherborne Abbey sits right in the heart of the town as it’s one of the area’s most loved buildings. You’ll be welcome to visit for a look around even if you don’t plan on attending one of the services or the many events that the abbey hosts throughout the year, and one of the most striking...
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