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Sherborne

 

Sherborne Guide

Great days out by train

Sherborne is a charming, bustling market town nestled in the green valleys on the Somerset/Dorset border, with a wealth of history to discover and plenty to see and do around the town. Medieval castles and winding streets will transport you back in time, while the surrounding rolling hills and fantastic selection of restaurants and cafes will ensure you have everything you need for a truly relaxing break.

As part of our new West of England service enhancements, Sherborne now benefits from a more frequent train service during the week.

Travel with our Advance fares from just £12 Standard Class and £20 First Class, one way.

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Things to do

Sherborne Abbey

Known as the "Cathedral of Dorset", this beautiful Saxon parish church is well worth visiting for the elaborate architecture and wealth of history inside. It's small, but perfectly formed, offering a glimpse of the region's rich background and some particularly fantastic features such as the centuries-old stained glass windows and towering fan vault above.

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Sherborne Castle

Sherborne is actually home to two castles; Sherborne Castle itself is a 16th century Tudor mansion, while in the grounds you'll also find Sherborne Old Castle, the ruins of a 12th century fortified palace. Visitors can explore the house and grounds of Sherborne Castle, and it's well worth it for children, as the tours and exhibitions really bring the history to life. Pack a picnic if it's sunny - you many not want to leave the impressive gardens.

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Steam and Waterwheel Centre

This is a surprise for many visitors to Sherborne; the Steam and Waterwheel Centre is the site once used to deliver clean water to the town. and families will love the steam engines, massive water wheels and interactive displays. The centre is completely volunteer-run too, so you're guarenteed to meet a team who are seriously passionate about the history!

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Shopping in Sherborne

Sherborne offers a wealth of charming streets and shops to explore, so if you're just looking to browse or hoping to find something special, you won't be disappointed. The town itself is beautiful, with hidden art shops and plenty of cafes to stop at along the way - so there's always something to catch your eye.

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Where to eat

Oliver's Coffee House

Oliver's is a charming little cafe offering fantastic coffees and lunches, from scones and cream teas to bacon sandwiches and homemade cakes. Stop in for a relaxing pick-me-up, or grab some supplies for a picnic and head out into the town to find a sunny garden.

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The Green

This fantastic little restaurant places its focus firmly on locally sourced ingredients and perfectly chosen flavours - drop in at lunchtime for tapas and a glass of wine, or visit in the evening for an excellent selection of dishes from the a la carte menu. You'll also find a permanent art exhibition on display, giving you even more reason to visit.

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Bars and nightlife

The George

A firm favourite in Sherborne, this gastropub offers cracking food and a brilliant atmosphere throughout the night. Expect traditional pub fare home cooked to an exceptional standard, alongside local ales and ciders, a welcoming crowd and the opportunity for a few rounds of pool - ideal after a busy day of exploring.

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Yeovil town

A trip to Yeovil is only a quick train ride away - if you're staying in Sherborne but fancy a dance or you're missing the late-night clubs and bars, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained by hopping over to the neighbouring town and heading back on a later train. You're bound to find locals doing the dame - and you might get back in time for a swift half before the last of the Sherborne pubs call time!

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