Sherborne is a beautiful Dorset town, ideally located on the Dorset and Somerset border. The town is full of historic interest, medieval buildings, and was once the capital of Wessex. At the heart of Sherborn is the magnificent Abbey Church which was founded in 705, much of its existing parts date from reconstruction work done in the 15th century.
It is one of the finest examples of the perpendicular style architecture in Britain. Inside the church you will find plenty to appreciate, including the excellent fan vaulting.
There are guided town walks which take place during the summer months and may benefit you if you are on a touring holiday but would like to learn about the town, you can get details from the Tourist Centre in the town. Sherborne is a lovely town and makes a good base if you are planning a holiday in the area.
As you wander through the quaint old streets of Sherborne you will find many places of interest and a variety of delightful small shops. Close to the Abbey are the Medieval Almshouses built for 12 poor men and 4 poor women.
To the east of the town centre are Sherbornes two castles, both associated with Sir Walter Raleigh. Queen Elizabeth 1 gave the Old Castle to Raleigh. It appears Raleigh gave up on restoration of the accommodation and in 1594 built a more comfortable house Sherborne New Castle in adjoining parkland. The 12th century Old Castle is now a ruin.
The Digby family then acquired the new house and have lived there ever since. The ‘new’ Castle was enlarged in the 17th century and the gardens landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, there are around 20 acres of lakeside gardens
and grounds to enjoy. The castle has an excellent collection of porcelain, paintings, and is beautifully furnished, with treasures collected by the Digby Family over the last 300 years.
Nearby visitor attractions that may be of interest are the Worldlife Butterflies & Lullingstone Silk Farm at Compton House, Over Compton. You will find butterflies, plants and some amazing insects. The Tudor Manor House at Sandford Orcas, built in the 16th century by Edward Knoyle has a fine display of Jacobean woodwork.
This Tudor house is home to several ghosts so it is said! Both paces are worth a visit.
Dorset has plenty to offer its visitors whether for a short or longer holiday break
and with a rich variety of landscapes, bustling market towns
, charming villages, historical sites, sea-side resorts, dramatic cliffs and quiet countryside there is something to suit most everyone.