About Sherborne

Sherborne is a small, historic town located in the north-west corner of Dorset.

With a population of just over 9,000 the town is centered around its ancient Abbey (founded AD 705) and, sited on the northern slopes of the beautiful Yeo Valley, it is surrounded by wooded hillsides and green pastures.

Sherborne boasts not one but two castles. The Old Castle dates back to the 12th century and is now an iconic ruin. The nearby ‘New’ Castle was begun by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594. After his death in 1618 (beheaded for treason in the reign of James I) the castle passed to the Digby family, who own it still.

Today the town is a vibrant mixture of old and new. We have retained many of the features of the old medieval town but we also have many popular housing developments, a lively shopping centre, several well-renowned schools and a host of community organisations catering to numerous interest groups.

Dorset has no motorways, but Sherborne has very good transport links to London and the West Country. Sherborne Station is located on the main westbound railway line between London Waterloo and Exeter St David’s. The A30 road (from London to Land’s End) runs through the town and the main A303 east – west trunk road is located just a few miles north of the town.

The town attracts many visitors and our good selection of public houses, restaurants and hotels provide welcome refreshment and hospitality.

We like to believe that our ‘Sherborne in Bloom’ activities enhance the environment of our town for the benefit of residents and visitors alike!





Enhancing our town