Welcome to Shaftesbury

Welcome to Shaftesbury, the high point of Dorset! This charming market town, steeped in Saxon history, offers a wealth of fascinating sights and experiences. From the iconic Gold Hill, made famous by the Hovis advert, to the stunning views over Thomas Hardy’s Blackmore Vale, Shaftesbury is a treasure trove of delights waiting to be discovered.

Take a leisurely stroll along Park Walk for seemingly endless panoramas, or explore the quaint old-fashioned stores and flea markets on the High Street. Don’t forget to visit the Gold Hill Museum and the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Gardens for a deeper dive into the town’s rich history.

Whether you’re here for a day or planning an extended stay, Shaftesbury is your gateway to the South West. From here, you can easily tour the area from Stonehenge to Bath and Bristol in the north, and the Jurassic Coast in the south. So come and experience all that Shaftesbury has to offer. We hope to see you soon!


Find out more about the history of this ancient market town.


Come and enjoy a lovely day out browsing Shaftesbury’s variety of shops.


Plan your stay with us and enjoy the hospitality of one of our local hotels or pubs.

Things to do

Find out what you can do in Shaftesbury and the local area.

What’s on

Find out when the next event is being held in Shaftesbury


Shaftesbury has a variety of markets selling local food and produce.

What’s on in and around Shaftesbury

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