Covid-19 restrictions

Worship in the Sherborne Benefice

Sunday worship within the benefice has resumed. Please look at the Services area of the website for more information as they may not follow the regular pattern.

The Digby Memorial Hall is closed.

A warm welcome to the Abbey's website.

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, I 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.


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.

This Week's Collect

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.mAmen.

Forthcoming Services

may, 2021

Regular Services

Sherborne Abbey
Midweek Holy Communion Wednesday 10.30 am

Sunday Services

Sherborne Abbey
Parish Eucharist 9.30 am Sundays
You Tube Streamed Service 10.30 am 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 private prayer Tuesdays and Thursdays 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

There is no admission charge – donations are welcome

What's on

may, 2021


Music plays a vital role within worship at the Abbey. Sherborne Abbey’s choral tradition is nationally famous.


We warmly welcome school visits and can provide a range of activities covering a wide range of topics across the curriculum and key stages.


A number of groups run regularly as part of the Abbey community.  Details can be found here.


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.

Our Churches.

In addition to The Abbey, the Sherborne Benefice comprises the churches of Castleton, Lillington, Longburton and St Paul’s with St Paul’s at the Gryphon.

Digby Hall.

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