A warm welcome to the Abbey's website.

The Abbey opening hours for this week are published on the ‘Visit Sherborne Abbey’ page under the Information Tab.  Any restrictions to visiting times due to services, weddings, funerals etc are published on this page.

I hope you will find here the information you are seeking. There are also a number of important links to other sites which will tell you more.

Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England’s parish churches. For many it is still the ‘cathedral of Dorset’, and our Benedictine heritage lives on in the daily offering of prayer and praise.

If you have never visited the Abbey, we hope you can do so soon. Marvelling at this glorious building, may you also catch a glimpse of the Glory of God – so that, having arrived as our welcome guest, you will leave renewed, as a pilgrim.

New Team Rector

The Bishop of Sherborne and the Team Patronage Board, after a long and careful process of discernment, are pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Martin Lee as the new Team Rector of Sherborne. Martin is currently Vicar of St Bartholomew, Long Benton in the Diocese of Newcastle and, until 2017, was Area Dean of Newcastle East Deanery. Prior to this he was Vicar of Brent Knoll, East Brent and Lympsham and Rural Dean of Axbridge in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, hence his experience spanning both rural and urban ministry. Martin is currently also Chair of the National Deaneries Network and Chair of the Churches Together Group for his area. He has an interest in education, young people, and a love of music, playing a number of instruments. He brings to us amongst other things significant pastoral skills, a broad spirituality, and a commitment to community life. In his spare time, he is a beekeeper, is involved in scouting, the Air Training Corps and has a background in piano restoration. We are delighted that Martin will be bringing his gifts to the team here, and look forward to him and his wife, Sue, moving to Dorset in early September. Martin’s Institution, Induction and Installation will take place at the Abbey at 7.00pm on Thursday 16 September.

The 16th Sunday after Trinity

This Week's Collect

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.



Ordinarily, when we are open we say Morning Prayer daily (Mon-Sat) at 8.30 am, using Common Worship Daily Prayer. The text is available as a download from the Church of England website along with a short audio daily service and sets of prayers, readings and canticles for the various stages of the day.

You can access this by clicking on the red button below.

Regular Services

Sherborne Abbey

Morning Prayer 8.30 am Monday to Saturday
Midweek Holy Communion Wednesday 10.30 am

Sunday Services

Sherborne Abbey
Parish Eucharist 9.30 am Sundays

Choral Evensong 6.00 pm Sundays

Current Service times:

St Mary Magdalen, Castleton 11.00 am Sundays
St Martin of Tours, Lillington 10.00 am Sundays
St James the Great, Longburton 10.00 am Sundays
St Paul’s @ the Gryphon 10.30 am Sundays

For further information, contact The Parish Office on 01935 713777 (9.00 am – 1.00 pm)

Opening Times

The Abbey is open for public visiting Monday to Thursday inclusive from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm and Sundays between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm unless services (see left) are taking place (for restricted opening hours due to weddings, funerals etc please click on ‘Visit Sherborne Abbey’ on the Information tab).

There is no admission charge – donations are welcome


The Abbey,  along with the Church of England is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  Details of our safeguarding policy can be found here.

Digby Hall.

Digby Hall is available for hire and is ideal for markets, fairs, fitness classes, lectures, parties, music, and exhibitions.