A warm welcome to

Sherborne Abbey

Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, Sherborne Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community and, finally, to one England’s most beautiful 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. Guided Tours of The Abbey take place on a regular basis between April and November and pre-arranged tours for larger groups can also be booked – please see ‘Visit Sherborne Abbey’ for more details.

17th Sunday after Trinity

This Week's Collect

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; 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.

Services & Events

september, 2023

september, 2023

Plans revealed for new facilities

“Improvements to ‘comfort’ at the Abbey are long-overdue, and it was one of my promises, as the new Rector of Sherborne Abbey, to prioritise this work and to make the Abbey an even more welcoming and accessible place to work and visit. These proposals represent the most significant improvement to facilities at the Abbey since the recovery of The Lady Chapel in the 1920s, and I hope they will be welcomed by the local community and visitors alike”.

The Revd. Martin Lee, Team Rector

Explore Sherborne Abbey

Free Guided Tours

FREE ENTRY to the Abbey, including our guided tours (donations always welcome)

Children’s trails and information guides in many languages

Monday-Saturday: 8am-5pm/Sunday: 11am-5pm
Click HERE for details of any visiting restrictions due to services

Tuesday 4 April – Friday 1 December:
Tuesdays 10.30 am/Fridays 2.00pm [exc Good Friday 7/4/23]
1 July-10 September:
Saturdays 10.30am /Sundays 11.15 am

JUST TURN UP! Tours take 45 mins-1 hour
Our guide will be waiting for you in the porch

Larger groups should contact the Parish Office beforehand to arrange a date and time for your bespoke tour.
Tel: 01935 713777
e: joanna.sams@sherborneabbey.com
[Office hours Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm [Mon to 1 pm]

Saturday 23rd September 6.30pm

The Band of the Grenadier Guards

Sherborne Abbey is delighted to host a Concert by the Band of the Grenadier Guards on Saturday 23 September 2023 at 6.30pm. The concert is being held by kind permission of Major General C J Ghika CBE, Major General Commanding the Household Division and is in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK and The Colonel’s Fund Grenadier Guards.

Your ticket price of £25 includes entry and a drink served during the interval.

Saturday 30th September 7pm

The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir

Join us for a spectacular evening of music and entertainment at Sherborne Abbey, with the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir. This event promises to be a delightful celebration of Welsh culture and rugby spirit. Immerse yourself in the harmonious melodies and powerful voices of the choir, as they showcase their passion for music and love for the game.

Whether you’re a rugby enthusiast or simply appreciate beautiful music, this event is not to be missed.

Vacancy: Castleton Verger

St Mary Magdalene Church

Castleton are seeking a verger to help look after our lovely church and friendly congregation.  We are looking for five hours a week, 2½ hours of which will be on Sunday mornings when we hold our weekly service.

This is a remunerated post. If you are interested and would like to talk to us, please ring our church wardens:  Frances Hastings on 01963 350977 or Robert Harris on 07771 770717.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Regular Services

Sherborne Abbey

Morning Prayer: 8.30 am Monday to Saturday

Daily Holy Communion: Monday 9.00 am; Tuesday 12 noon; Wednesday 10.30 am; Thursday 12 noon; Friday 9.00 am; Saturday 9.00 am

Requiem Holy Communion: 1st Friday of every month at 9.00 am

Remembering the Fallen: 3rd Friday of every month at 11.00 am

Sunday Services

Sherborne Abbey
Book of Common Prayer Communion 8.00 am
Parish Eucharist 9.30 am
Choral Evensong 6.00 pm

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

Opening Times

The Abbey is open for public visiting Monday to Saturday inclusive from 8.00 am until 5.00 pm and Sundays between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm unless services are taking place.

For restricted opening hours due to weddings, funerals etc., please click on ‘Visit Sherborne Abbey’ on the Information tab above.

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 Memorial Hall

The Digby Memorial Hall is located opposite Sherborne Abbey in Digby Road. It is available for hire and is ideal for markets, fairs, fitness classes, lectures, parties, music and exhibitions.