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.

2nd Sunday of Epiphany

This Week's Collect

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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
Monday 9.00 am
Wednesday 10.30 am

Sunday Services

Sherborne Abbey
Book of Common Prayer Communion 8.00 am Sundays
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 Saturday inclusive from 8.00 am until 4.00 pm and Sundays between 11.00 am 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.