Guided Tours

 

Join our local Blue Badge Tour Guides to experience a variety of guided walking tours based in the beautiful market town of Sherborne and beyond.

2021 Programme

Our walking tours of historic Sherborne are led by expert guides who aim to be informative and entertaining. We promote hidden corners and colourful stories which you won’t find in the guidebooks!

We can tailor your walk to suit your particular interest, whether it be historical, architectural, literary, or general. There’s something for everyone.

Our delightful walking tours take at least 2 hours to enjoy. With the guides enthusiasm and extensive knowledge, the extent of the walk is limited only by your interest or the time you have available, from a few hours to a whole day!

All tours will adhere to the following safety measures from the ‘Covid-19 Guidance for Tour Guiding’:

Only clients who have pre-booked by 18.00 the day before a tour can join a group. Tours will consist of a maximum of 5 people plus one tour guide.

During the tour, clients will be requested to:

  • maintain social distancing between people from different households
  • wear a face mask and bring hand sanitiser
  • follow the risk assessed route

If you do not feel well, stay home. We will happily rearrange your booking.

Our tours are suitable for all ages and are fully accessible.

You can enhance your experience using your own mobile device & earphones. Contact paul@sherbornewalks.co.uk for details.

Payment is made on-line when booking. Cash payment to the guide is only an option if there is an available space at the start of a tour.

Cancellation: If you have pre-paid and are unable to honour your booking a refund will only be paid if you inform us by 6.00 pm the day before your booked event. You can cancel online or call Paul: 07989 453966. 

If your tour is cancelled due to weather-related closure or a sudden issue arises, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity and provide a full refund.

To book a tour proceed using the menu options below. (I would display default as the grid rather than list)  Booking can also be done by contacting 07989 453966 or e-mail paul@sherbornewalks.co.uk providing a name and contact detail (telephone no. or e-mail)

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81st anniversary of Sherborne Bombing
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

THE BOMBING OF SHERBORNE

Guided tour lead by local Blue Badge Guide Paul Birbeck. Meet outside Sherborne Abbey. A 21/2 hour walk.

Route: a guided tour of the key locations, supported by photographs of the locations after the bombing and accounts from survivors who I interviewed earlier this year. Half Moon Street to Hor

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Historic Town Walk
2:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Join Sherborne Historic town tours on a 2 hour guided walking tour around the beautiful and unspoilt town of Sherborne.

Tours start and finish at The Conduit, The Parade. Near the Cross Keys pub and Museum. (Tour guide: Julia)

See the sights, discover the secrets, and meet the faces behind the facade. Parts of the tow

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Historic Town Walk
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Sherborne Historic town tours on a 2 hour guided walking tour around the beautiful and unspoiled town of Sherborne.

Tours start and finish at The Conduit, The Parade. Near the Cross Keys pub and Museum. (Tour guide: Julia)

See the sights, discover the secrets, and meet the faces behind the facade. Parts of the to

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Sherborne Market Walk – October
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Experience Sherborne’s Market traditions – past and present.

I’ll meet you on the Green outside Sherborne Abbey entrance and take you on a 2-hour guided walk around the historical features of the town including hidden secrets that visitors do not normally see, or notice associated with markets and fairs.

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Visit the curious Shell House in Sherborne town centre
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the rich history of Entertainment and Leisure in Sherborne. During this one hour tour Paul will consider the evidence for a Regency ‘Vauxhall’ garden in Sherborne. The walk will go a short distance along Long Street to look at the home of the original owners of the Shell House. We will then walk up Cheap St

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Here Are Some of Our Other Activities

A New way to view

A New way to view

Zoom Talks with Sherborne Walks   Keeping up with technology Well 2020 has made a few businesses change the way they work and this includes how we work too. We still want to deliver the same interesting and exciting tales that we normally share in person, however...

Visits to other places

Visits to other places

Visits to other places   Visits to other places. It’s a great way to get to know this beautiful part of the world. Paul can provide a live commentary to enhance your coach tour of the area. During your stay in the area we can offer a programme of escorted visits to...

Theme Walks

Theme Walks

Theme Walks   Theme walks. A programme of themed walks operates throughout the year. These include: Romantic Sherborne, Jurassic Sherborne, Infectious Sherborne, Made in Sherborne, Blooming Beautiful Sherborne and many more. These often coincide with other arts,...

An introduction to Sherborne

An introduction to Sherborne

Newcomers' Walk   An introduction to Sherborne Explore a thousand years of History. During the High Season [April – September] on Fridays these walks start at the Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road, at 10.30 a.m. and feature the core of the town where you explore...

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  • star rating  Thoroughly enjoyed the new Sherborne Walk to see the Shell House and to wonder whether Sherborne had its very own Georgian Pleasure Gardens. Paul is a very friendly and knowledgeable... read more

    Debs
    July 20, 2021
  • star rating  An informative short walk around this lovely town. Paul set a visit to the remarkable Shell House in the context of 16th & 17th century Sherborne & the development... read more

    chickbird
    July 20, 2021
  • star rating  The guy who led our walk was some kind of gloomy retired teacher called Paul. He talked endlessly about types of stone (OMG boring), and he seemed very stressed which... read more

    robert o
    July 12, 2021
  • star rating  Very much enjoyed our walking tour with Paul today. Very informative and love Sherborne. Great to have views of the school court at the rear of the Abbey.

    719wisteria
    May 28, 2021
  • star rating  A great way to learn about the history and architecture of Sherborne and to discover otherwise hidden delights. Julia is a fantastic recent addition to the team, able to place... read more

    Navigator40049
    May 22, 2021
  • star rating  A great way to learn about the history and architecture of Sherborne and to discover otherwise hidden delights. Julia is a fantastic recent addition to the team, able to place... read more

    Nicholas W
    May 1, 2021
  • star rating  Sherborne is full of architecture from the Middle Ages, Tudor, Stewards, Georgian, Queen Victoria, and all brought to life by Paul the guide whose knowledge is brilliant. Even those of... read more

    JTravel131211
    April 12, 2021
  • star rating  Sherborne is full of architecture from the Middle Ages, Tudor, Stewards, Georgian, Queen Victoria, and all brought to life by Paul the guide whose knowledge is brilliant. Even those of... read more

    MrsJ
    April 1, 2021
  • star rating  I bought a private walking tour as a Christmas present for my family, wanting something we could do together (covid safe), enjoy even with our different tastes and learn something... read more

    1libertyh
    January 3, 2021
  • star rating  I bought a private walking tour as a Christmas present for my family, wanting something we could do together (covid safe), enjoy even with our different tastes and learn something... read more

    Liberty H
    January 1, 2021