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Sherborne is a small town in England.

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Sherborne [1] is currently celebrating winning a multitude of awards at the regional heat of Britain in Bloom 2007, including recognition as the best market town in the South West and receiving the prestigious overall gold award for the region. Take a leisurely stroll around the town to discover why!

Sherborne Abbey [2] has one of the finest examples in Britain of a fan vaulted ceiling.

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Sherborne's old and new castles are definitely worth a visit. The impressive 'new' castle [3]was built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh, and on the opposite side of Sherborne Lake lie the ruins of the 'old' castle [4], destroyed in 1645 by a fierce siege. Also, take a look inside Sherborne Abbey [5] to see it's impressive fan-vaulted roof, and visit the nearby Fleet Air Arm Museum [6] with its comprehensive collection of naval aircraft.

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Sherborne is an excellent place for a spot of retail therapy - the town's boutiques offer delightful and varied shopping, and its antique shops are full of fascinating finds. The ever-popular town markets [7] and Farmers' Markets [8] offer the perfect opportunity to purchase some tasty local produce and unique gifts.

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Whether you prefer some heart-warming pub grub, elegant high teas, fine cuisine or simply a family-friendly dining experience, you can be sure that Sherborne will offer you many delicious local specialities to tempt your tastebuds! Visit for some mouthwatering suggestions of places to eat out, or contact Sherborne Tourist Information Centre [9] for some expert advice.

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Whether you're looking for a self catering retreat, an elegant hotel, friendly bed and breakfast or guesthouse, a hospitable inn or a farm stay, Sherborne and the surrounding towns and villages of West Dorset are sure to meet your needs. Visit for details of National Quality Assessed accommodation in West Dorset.

  • I just stayed in the new Bed and breakfast in 63 Cheap st, Sherborne, and it is great, I had a lovely comfortable room facing the abbey, with my own bathroom, and being so central was handy as I had a birthday meal with friends in the restaurant opposite, so very handy for a few glasses of wine and then cross the road to be home! I had a delicious DIY breakfast in my room, which was lovely to do in my own time and in my dressing gown ( also provided) my little fridge was full with berries, yogurt, pancakes and juice, it was really nice not to have to dress to be in a dining room for a set time. I enjoyed my coffee and toast in bed( a hot breakfast is available apparently on request.) After a nice hot shower, It was just 6 mins walk to my train. This place has only just opened and I was only the second customer , but what a find! very handy to know. the owner is Angela, lovely friendly lady, her email is


Sherborne TIC are currently celebrating winning South West Tourism's prestigious gold award for the best tourist information centre in the South West! The Tourism Excellence Awards, known as 'Tourism Oscars,' celebrate 'the best in the South West' and aim to promote and reward the very best in the tourism industry. Email or visit for further information about Sherborne and the surrounding area.

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