Sherborne continues to charm and delight visitors Posted on August 7, 2020 (August 14, 2020) by Patrick Nestled in the green and rolling countryside, the beautiful town of Sherborne has been attracting visitors for the last 1300 years. It’s a step back in time, but with a sophisticated choice of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants to explore. Its compact size makes it a highly desirable destination to visit and spend time. It’s the reason that we’ve chosen to locate our latest retirement village of affordable houses and apartments here, so that homeowners can enjoy all these wonderful sights on their doorstep with ease of access. With the lockdown measures further relaxing, there is a wealth of culture to now discover in Sherborne and the surrounding areas. It’s a memorable market town proudly enjoyed by local residents or visiting friends and family. These are just some of the main attractions that are now open again and a must see: Discover the gardens of Sherborne Castle While the castle itself will not be reopening this year, the gardens are a hidden treasure. You can take a gentle walk around the 42 acres of beautiful English landscaped gardens, designed by no less than famed 18thcentury designer, Capability Brown. The Castle itself was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617. You can trace Raleigh’s footsteps with various walks around the lake to garden features such as Raleigh’s Seat, The Cascade and a new Fossil House. The gardens deliver colour throughout the season from spectacular carpet arrays of spring bulbs, glorious herbaceous borders and the breathtaking colours of autumn reflected in the lake. If it’s peace, tranquillity and spectacular views you’re after, then this is for you. At the time of writing, the Castle Gardens are open every day from 10am – 5pm, last admission 4pm. The Tea Room and Gift Shop are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm. Find the ruins of Sherborne Old Castle For history fans, you can still get your castle fix as Sherborne Old Castle has now re-opened after the lockdown. Originally built in the 12thcentury by the Bishop of Salisbury and another former home of Sir Walter Raleigh. With a long and colourful past, it played a key role during the English Civil War. A visit today can allow you access to the great gatehouse, castle grounds and a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. The English Heritage shop stocks gifts and souvenirs with the usual refreshments available. Look to the heavens at Sherborne Abbey Sherborne Abbey Religious Figure 1178605322 Perhaps the jewel in Sherborne’s crown with over a thousand years of history. Although there is much to see, it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not a museum. Rather a living, working and growing place of worship, often filled with music and events. It’s renowned for its choir and its music and its bells – the heaviest peal of eight bells in the world! The lockdown has affected certain events and it’s worth checking the website first. Regardless, the architecture and design can be easily admired from outside the centrally located Abbey. Noted historian Simon Jenkins, even said of Sherborne Abbey: “I would pit Sherborne’s roof against any contemporary work of the Italian Renaissance.” Take a guided Sherborne Walk Don’t just take our word for the best sights and facts. Why not book onto a walking tour of historic Sherborne, led by expert guides. They uncover hidden corners and colourful stories, as only a local could do. The walking tours take at least two hours to enjoy. Rest assured that all tours adhere to the following safety measures from the ‘Covid-19 Guidance for Tour Guiding’: You’ll need to pre-book by 6pm the day before a tour, before you can join a group. Tours will consist of a maximum of five people plus one tour guide – contact [email protected] for details. : You can now also visit our beautiful locations for a safe visit and experience the Platinum Skies lifestyle first-hand.