Terms & Conditions
2019 PRICES (tours in English).
Other than the Tuesday and Thursday a.m. walks, tours must be pre-booked via our Contact Us page.
90-minute general history walking tour (starting between 9am and 7pm): £8 per person (minimum number four people. Max 25 people) Dog friendly route.
Group walking tour. (10-25 people) Two-hour group tour (Contact Us for special theme requests). Please send an enquiry detailing number in group for prices of bespoke and personal guided tours.
45 – 60 minute illustrated Armchair Walks talk: £50 (Available UK-wide – travelling and accommodation costs may apply). Please contact Cindy for details.
Half day (four hours) car, minibus, coach tour commentary: £130
Full day (eight hours) car, minibus, coach tour commentary: £220
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
For insurance and quality reasons, there’s 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).
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 therefore 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 that she is 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.
Weekly walks start from the Tourist Information Centre in the Digby Road. (Specials often start from the Abbey Porch). The nearest carparks to the town centre are Culverhayes and Old Market yard. Disabled Blue Badge holders can park on the yellow lines in front of the Abbey for 3 hours as per national rules. Temporary disabled parking permits for the car parks can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre.
Click here for a link to a town map with car parks marked.
N.B. Cheap Street is pedestrianised from 12 noon to 4pm Monday to Friday and 11am-4pm on Saturdays.
Before your walk: There is a bench outside the Tourist Information Centre (and benches on the Abbey Green), and the nearest toilets are in the Digby Road, on the corner of Cook’s Lane. The nearest public Wifi is the Tourist Information Centre.
For further information on visiting Sherborne and West Dorset the following pages may be of use:
Travelling by Road?
Sherborne is accessed via the A30 from East & West, and the A352 from the South.
Coach parties can set down outside the Tourist Information Centre, and park in Culverhayes Car Park.
The following Post codes will be of use to Sat Nav Users.
Tourist Information Centre: DT9 3NL
Culverhayes Cark Park (Long & Short stay): DT9 3ED (coach drivers may prefer to use DT9 3ND to ensure easier access from the Ludbourne Road).
Old Market Yard Car Park: DT9 3HR
Travelling by train?
Sherborne is on the mainline between London Waterloo and Exeter. If travelling from Cardiff, Bristol or Southampton lines, change at Salisbury.
Current timetables can be found online here (Table 20): http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/plan-your-journey/timetables/
For Assisted Travel on South West Trains call: 0800 5282 100
We look forward to you joining us on a tour soon.
Call: 07989 453966
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 tour so much fun whilst imparting the benefit of her vast knowledge of the town. Everyone seemed to know her!!
She pointed our many things of interest and gave us tips on where to go and what to look for. She gave us a really good historical background to all the places we went to or passed by. She also recommended other things to do, including going to a little village called Trent, a few miles NW of Sherborne which has a very interesting church and a great pub!
Don't expect a tour of the Abbey as, to quote her, "they're a bit snotty" about tour guides as they have their own Abbey tour!
After 3 hours, we only completed Part 1 of her tour (there are 2 more!)
Very much recommended and brought the town to life.
She can be contacted direct if you want a personal tour (£8/pp) on firstname.lastname@example.org More
My recent guided walk through time in Sherborne town centre was a delightful experience. Cindy’s enthusiasm makes it agreeable and interesting. She spared no effort to explain important facts about great figures of English History related to the origins of Sherborne. And to top all...More
Have just this weekend enjoyed the most unique, informative and enjoyable guided walk around Sherborne with Cindy Chant. I do not think I have remained so enthused throughout a nearly 3 hour walk around a town before, despite rather inclement weather. Cindy is full of...More
Cindy should be put forward for a Local Guide of the Year Award. Informative, amusing, occasionally risqué and utterly captivating if you can keep up with her boundless energy. A fascinating tour 'Off the Beaten Track' giving access to hidden and forbidden parts of Sherborne...More
Our visit around Sherborne with our tour guide Cindy was delightful. She is very knowledgable about Sherborne’s history, as well as the unseen secrets. I felt we could have gone all day and she would not run out of interesting things to tell us. We highly recommend spending a few hours with Cindy and Sherborne.