The South Sights

Sherborne Abbey

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  • Sherborne
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Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

As much as the golden hamstone exterior, majestic tower, and fine flying buttresses impress, the glory of Sherbourne Abbey is the delicate 15th-century fan vaulting that extends the length of the soaring nave and choir. ("I would pit Sherborne's roof against any contemporary work of the Italian Renaissance," enthused Simon Jenkins in his England's Thousand Best Churches.) Some features from the original 8th-century cathedral, like the Saxon doorway in the northwest corner, still remain. If you're lucky, you might hear "Great Tom," one of the heaviest bells in the world, pealing out from the bell tower. Guided tours are run from April through September on Tuesday (10:30) and Friday (2:30), or by prior arrangement.

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3 Abbey Close, Sherborne, DT9 3LQ, England

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Published 08/30/2016


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