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Things to do in Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne is a mellow-stoned living pageant of history. The ancient Abbey Church has one of the most graceful and delicate fan-vaulted roofs in England, and some fine stained glass.

Sherborne School, just beyond the Abbey, incorporates some of the original monastic buildings.

Sherborne's two castles are known locally as old and new. Sherborne Old Castle, is now in the care of English Heritage; Cromwell took 16 days to capture it in the Civil War and then destroyed it declaring it 'A Malicious and Mischievous Castle'.

Sherborne Castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, contains a fine collection of pictures, porcelain and furniture. Set in glorious lake lands and gardens it has been the home of the Digby family since 1617. The Castle is open to the public from April-October.

Sherborne is both a thriving cultural centre and a springboard for discovering the delights of the Dorset countryside.

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