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Sherborne is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful towns in England. With its abundance of medieval buildings, superb Abbey, world famous schools, almshouses and castles, the town has much to offer visitors.

Sherborne is also a busy specialist shopping centre, with a choice of handcrafted goods, elegant fashions and a street market on Thursdays and Saturdays. On the third Friday of each month the Farmers' Market does a brisk trade, with plenty of fresh produce and locally made preserves on offer.

The town's Abbey Church has glorious fan vaulting and stained glass windows. Visitors are welcome to look around, and during the summer months the Abbey is open from 8am to 6pm.

Sherborne Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and home to the Digby family since 1617. The castle’s staterooms display glorious art, furniture and porcelain collections from the great periods of English history. In the castle’s cellars see Raleigh’s original Tudor kitchen and a museum displaying fascinating family artefacts and archaeological treasures discovered in the castle’s grounds. Visitors will also enjoy exploring the ‘Capability’ Brown gardens with magnificent specimen trees, colourful floral borders and sweeping lawns forming one of his finest lake landscapes you will see.

Sherborne actually has two castles: the 'Old Castle' (now just a ruin) was given to Sir Walter Raleigh in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, but two years later he had built Sherborne Lodge, now known as Sherborne Castle, in the grounds.
Sport lovers can take their pick from Sherborne Sports Centre with its pool, outdoor tennis courts and fitness suites; or the Oxley Sports Centre which boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, a 5-court sports hall and 2 squash courts among its facilities.

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