Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to get married in Sherborne Abbey. What do I need to do?

The Rector sees every couple at the start of the process of being married in one of his churches (including Castleton, Longburton and Lillington) and you should contact him for an appointment by email, telephoning the Vicarage on 01935 812452 or writing to him at The Vicarage, Abbey Close Sherborne DT9 3LQ.

How do I arrange for my child to be baptised in the Abbey (or one of the other churches)?

If you live in the parish of Sherborne you may obtain a leaflet describing baptism from the Parish Office in Abbey Close together with a copy of the words used during the baptism service and an application form. Forms should be completed and returned to the Parish Office. One of the clergy will then arrange to come and visit you. For further information click here to email the Parish Secretary.

Please note that if you do not live in the parish you must write to the Vicar at The Vicarage, Abbey Close, Sherborne, DT9 3LQ in the first instance.

I would like to go on a tour of the Abbey. Who do I contact?

Regular guided tours, open to everyone, are held on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am and Friday afternoons at 2.30pm during the months of April through to October. Sometimes these tours may be cancelled, if for example, the Abbey is required for a funeral or memorial service. So it is as well to check with the Parish Office, particularly if you are travelling any distance: Click here to send an email, or you can telephone 01935 812452 (office hours only 9.00am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday) .
If you wish to visit the Abbey without going on a guided tour you are most welcome at any time. The Abbey is open between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm in the winter and 8.00am and 6.00pm during British Summer Time.

I would like to arrange for my club/organisation to be taken around the Abbey. Who do I contact to arrange this?

The Assistant Parish Secretary will be pleased to talk to you to arrange such a visit for which there is a charge of £4.00 per person. You can make contact through the Parish Office, 3 Abbey Close, Sherborne, DT9 3LQ, by telephone on 01935 812452 on Monday to Friday mornings between 9.00am and 12.30pm, or by emailing.

How do I go about arranging a concert or recital in the Abbey?

The Abbey is available to a wide variety of choirs, orchestras and instrumental groups for concerts and recitals. Our main aim is to offer concerts of a high quality. Approximately twelve concerts are held per year and dates therefore tend to be booked well in advance, often two years, so we advise you to make any enquiries in good time. More detailed information is available here. Enquiries about using the Abbey for a concert should be made with the Concerts Administrator. If you are interested in performing in one of our regular organ recitals, please contact the Director of Music.