We encourage you to use public transport if you are able. However this map setting will not help you with public transport as we are too far from a bus stop.
So if coming by train, most travellers should type in Sherborne Station to discover train times. For some it may be cheaper to come to Yetminster station on the Bristol – Weymouth line. For a very few travellers, Dorchester South Station, although the furthest of our 3 stations, may be the best option. The friary can meet you by arrangement in advance at all 3 stations.
If you are willing and able to come closer to the friary by public transport, try Chetnole station on the Bristol Weymouth line. Google maps will give you the 4 mile walking route to us. Cyclists, there is usually room to put your bike on this train without reservation. A few people even cycle the 9 miles from Sherborne Station. There are usually unreserved bike places on off peak trains from London.
The X11 bus runs approx. every 2 hours between Sherborne Station and Dorchester South Station. Type in Minterne Magna, a village 2 ½ miles SE of the friary as the nearest bus stop on this route. We can meet you there if arranged in advance. The bus stops by the church. If you want to walk the last 2 miles over the hill, ask the driver if he can let you alight ½ m north of Minterne Magna at the Evershot sign – it is not an official stop.
There are few convenient coaches, but we do recommend Berries Buses which runs from Hammersmith in London to Yeovil Bus Station where we can meet you by arrangement in advance. www.berryscoaches.co.uk
There are also taxis at Sherborne and Dorchester South Stations and Yeovil bus station. Beaver Cabs at Sherborne 01935816620.
The last half mile to the friary from the South is a steep, narrow hill. The Google Map does not tell you there is a sign saying that it is not suitable for large vehicles. Minibuses are absolutely fine but please take note if you are bringing a large group in a 40 seater coach.
Please e mail or call us if you have any questions.
The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester,
Dorset, DT2 7BE
Main Office : 01300 341345 option 1
Guest Booking : 01300 341741