Covid-19 restrictions

It is with sadness that, owing to current Covid-19 restrictions all the churches within the Benefice are currently closed. Corporate worship will resume in our churches on Sunday 6 December. Please see Services for more information.

The Abbey is open on Tuesday 11.00 am -1.00 pm and Thursday and Friday from  11.00 am until 3.00 pm.

Lillington church is available for private prayer and can be unlocked by a request to the churchwardens.

The Abbey Shop will re-open 11.00 am – 3.00 pm from Thursday 3 December. Its normal hours are Monday- Friday 11.00 am – 3.00 pm.

The Digby Memorial Hall remains closed.

The Parish Office is also closed but the Parish secretary can be contacted on 01935 812452  during office hours Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.  She does not work on Wednesdays.

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.

This Week's Collect

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him 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.

Forthcoming Services

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Regular Services

Due to Covid-19 there are currently no mid-week services in any of our churches.

Sunday Services

Sherborne Abbey
You Tube Streamed Service 9.30 am Sundays.

Current Service times:

Sherborne Abbey Sundays 9.30 am

Castleton Sundays 11.00 am

Lillington Sundays 10.00 am

Longburton Sundays 10.00 am

St Paul’s @ the Gryphon 9.00 am

For further information, contact The Parish Office on 01935 812452 (office hours only)

Opening Times

The Abbey is open 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Tuesday for personal prayer only but will be open for visiting Thursday and Friday 11.00 am -3.00 pm

There is no admission charge – donations are welcome

What's on

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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.