ABOUT Sherborne

 

Sherborne is a market town and civil parish in north west Dorset. It is sited on the River Yeo, on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, six miles to the east of Yeovil.

Our historic buildings include Sherborne Abbey, its manor house, independent schools, and two castles: the ruins of a 12th-century fortified palace and the 16th-century mansion known as Sherborne Castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh. Much of the old town, including the abbey and many medieval and Georgian buildings, is built from distinctive ochre-coloured ham stone.

We have our own railway station, reaching London Waterloo in just over two hours and Exeter in just over one.

The town has for centuries hosted an annual street fair, Pack Monday Fair, starting on the Monday following 10 October (Old Michaelmas Day). Originally an agricultural fair, it is now devoted to stalls, sideshows and a funfair.

The castle plays host to the Sherborne Castle Country Fair each summer, an event that attracts thousands of visitors.

The town is steeped in rich history and was once the home of World War Two Enigma machine code breaker Alan Turing who boarded at Sherborne School. Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville and Chris Martin from Coldplay are other famous alumni.

For more information please follow the link below to the Sherborne Tourist Information Centre (TIC)

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