Terms & Conditions

Owing to the global pandemic, wth effect from July 2020 the following safety measures, which adhere to the ‘Covid-19 Guidance for Tour Guiding’, apply:

Booking. All tours must be pre-booked. Use either Our Programme page, or contact Paul Birbeck

Mobile: 07989 453966 or paul@charlottec11.sg-host.com with any other request.

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 of an advertised walking tour. 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.

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

Social distancing. Guides will happily work with tour companies who use & provide remote audio devices to clients. Paul can offer an enhanced experience to clients who wish to use their own mobile phone/earphone. A downloaded remote Vox audio-visual app will be required and Paul will need 48 hours pre-warning so this can be organized.

Normal Terms and Conditions – 2020.

All tours are in English.

All tours must be pre-booked. Use either Our Programme page, or contact Paul Birbeck

Mobile: 07989 453966 or paul@charlottec11.sg-host.com

90-minute walking tours (starting between 9am and 7pm): £10 per person (minimum number four people. Max 25 people) Dog friendly route.

Group walking tour. (10-25 people) Two-hour group tour (Contact Paul for special theme requests). Please send an enquiry detailing number in group for prices of bespoke and personal guided tours.


90 minute illustrated Zoom talk: £50 (Available UK-wide – travelling and accommodation costs may apply).  Advertised talks usually £5 per person payable at the door.

Daily rates:

Half day (four hours) car, minibus, coach tour commentary: £140

Full day (eight hours) car, minibus, coach tour commentary: £240 (£8 per head)  Special discount rate for groups larger than 25)

NOTE: car, coach, minibus and driver to be provided by client

Full day (up to eight hours) assistance to media / marketing professionals (TV, radio, film, promotional DVD, journalists, writers, etc): £350

Group size. For insurance and to ensure clients have a high quality experience, a maximum number of people that can be taken on a walking tour. See below for more details.

The maximum number of people on any group walking tour is 25, although this may need to be reduced, depending on special needs / requirements.

If you have more than 25 people in your group, we will endeavour to provide additional qualified guides (please contact us for more details).

Access statement. This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to the tours’ suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that are available to guests/visitors.

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All Sherborne Walks guides are fully insured guided walking tours with a certified local Blue Badge Guide, taking place principally in the open air in Sherborne town centre. Guests are responsible for their own safety and advised to come prepared for the weather on the day, including suitable footwear, and wet weather/sun protection as applicable.

A typical tour lasts at least 1½ hours. Sherborne is situated in a valley, and as such, there is at least a very gentle slope to most roads. There are some hills but wheelchair and ‘buggy’ users should find no difficulties. Cheap Street does incorporate a gradual incline, but most of this is no longer included in the weekly walk, and the section that is will be downhill. If you are arranging a private or attending a special walk and have mobility queries, please contact the guide in advance.

Group sizes vary from a 2 – 25 people. Smaller groups are usually able to hear the guide without amplification, but for larger groups a headset mic is used. There are only a few locations of seating around the tour route, and guests are usually standing for the duration of the tour, so a mobile seat is advisable if you require regular rest stops.

Sherborne is generally wheelchair-friendly, with dropped kerbs or ramps throughout the central area, and although the typical tour route incorporates a short flight of steps, a minor diversion for wheel-friendly access can be incorporated where needed. There is one kissing gate, but it is large enough to accommodate wheelchairs/pushchairs.

If you lip read, please advise the Guide of this at the start of the tour, guests with any other specific requirements should advise the Guide at the start of the tour so they are aware of your needs.

Dogs, including assistance dogs are welcome.

The Guide will explain the location of the facilities at the start of the tour, including the nearest fully accessible toilets.

Following the tour, guests will find level access to numerous cafes in the town centre, and the Abbey porch ramped for disabled access, with level access to most parts. The Cross Keys on The Parade, offers a 10% on non-alcoholic drinks for groups of 5 or more.

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • star rating  Paul is an excellent guide. A fount of knowledge on all things Sherbornese. His enthusiasm is infectious and gives you a deeper perspective on this beautiful, ancient city.

  • star rating  Fantastic informative walk by our extremely knowledgable guide Paul, on the day before the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Sherborne. Not only were we able to appreciate the beauty... read more

  • star rating  We have taken 2 tours with Cindy, and both were delightful. We learned so much history, and enjoyed many sites.

  • star rating  Wow. What a performance! Cindy is clearly in love with Sir Walter Raleigh! She gave a two hour declaration of his character and life in Sherborne in the beginning of... read more

  • star rating  A very informative walking tour of the Town by very knowledgable Guides.
    As a relatively new Resident (3 Years), it was a great way to have a snapshot of... read more

  • star rating  We had a personalised tour with Cindy as there were no other takers on that morning! Very glad we did as Cindy was wonderful. Very informative and made the town... read more