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.

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2019 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 need, 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!

Here Are Some of Our Walks

An introduction to Sherborne Explore a thousand years of History.

During the High Season [April – September] on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 The Abbey Green, Almshouse, the Conduit Arch and more.

£8 per person. Children under 10 free.

No need to book and walks happen whatever the weather

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, social, cultural events happening in the town.

See pricing policy.

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 other locations within one hour’s travel.

These include:

Shaftesbury, Salisbury, Stonehenge,

Cerne Abbas, Dorchester

Weymouth & the Isle of Portland

The Jurassic Coast

The’ Wessex Camino Trail’. Follow the pilgrimage highlights between Salisbury Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Glastonbury to Wells over 3 days.

See pricing policy

Contact Paul if you wish to discuss an itinerary and book a trip.

Armchair Walks

Not content with giving visitors to beautiful historic Sherborne a guided tour when they get here, Cindy can also bring the tour to you!

With her immense knowledge and the aid of slides, paper handouts, and immeasurable enthusiasm, Cindy has brought the sights and History of Sherborne to many who’ve never even set foot in the town.

Cindy gives talks to local societies and groups on request, as well as given free lectures in Sherborne library on topics as diverse as Sir Walter Raleigh, the Workhouse, and the History of the Lavatory as well as ‘An Armchair Guided Tour of Sherborne’.

If your local group be interested contact Cindy to discuss how she can bring Sherborne to you!  See pricing policy.

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Accessibility 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.

Please scroll to the bottom for travel information.

All Sherborne Walks with Cindy Chant 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.

Cindy hopes you can join her on a tour soon.

For further information on visiting Sherborne and West Dorset the following pages may be of use:

Accessible Sherborne

Sherborne Attractions List – Accessibility

Visit Dorset – Accessibility

Getting here:

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

Group size. For insurance and quality reasons, there’s a maximum number of people that can be taken on a walking tour of Chester.  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, I will endeavour to provide additional qualified guides (please contact me for more details).

Our prices   ALL 2019 PRICES SHOWN ARE PER GROUP (tours in English)

90-minute general history group walking tour (starting between 9am and 7pm):                                 £90

45 – 60 minute illustrated Armchair Walks talk: £75 (Available UK-wide – travelling and accommodation costs may apply.  Please contact Cindy for details)

Half day (four hours) coach tour commentary:                                                                                            £130
Full day (eight hours) coach tour commentary:                                                                                            £200
NOTE: 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

Please send an enquiry for prices of bespoke and personal guided tours.

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  • star rating  Thank you for a superb walk. It was so interesting and informative. I have lived in the village for 15 years (just a newcomer!) and have been on walking tours... read more

    paulbT4205BQ
    April 18, 2022
  • star rating  Our guide was excellent --- informative and a pleasure to walk with. We knew nothing about Sherborne and he revealed what a wonderful town it was.

    Nlhki
    October 26, 2021
  • star rating  A very interesting morning learning and seeing so much about the Sherborne Bombing. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and look forward to taking part in other walks.

    suepC4537PQ
    October 20, 2021
  • star rating  Our guide was excellent --- informative and a pleasure to walk with. We knew nothing about Sherborne and he revealed what a wonderful tow

    Nlhiestand
    October 1, 2021
  • star rating  We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Paul on the markets and fairs of Sherborne. His tour was interesting, enlightening and entertaining and he went to a lot of effort to... read more

    suemay20154
    September 1, 2021
  • star rating  We had a 2 hour walk today with Paul, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Paul is very friendly and extremely knowledgable about the area, and shared so much information with... read more

    Ian B
    September 1, 2021
  • star rating  A very interesting morning learning and seeing so much about the Sherborne Bombing. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and look forward to taking part in oth

    Sue P
    September 1, 2021
  • 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  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

    deborahclem
    July 20, 2021