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Shaftesbury is a historic hill top town in northern Dorset, southern England.

Gold Hill in Shaftesbury

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By train[edit]

The best way to get to Shaftesbury, if you don't have a car, is by train. Take Southwest Trains from London Waterloo to Gillingham, Dorset. There are friendly and cheap taxi drivers who can take you on to Shaftesbury. In 2008 the trip cost £10.

Get around[edit]




  • Shaftesbury snowdrops festival. Annually, 1 week in February. Visit the Heritage Collection of Snowdrops in Shaftesbury Abbey, join a Snowdrop walk through the town or participate in the festival events. The grand final is the Snowdrop Lantern Parade on Sunday evening.
  • Gold Hill Fair. A one-day town festival the first Sunday in July.





There are many charming B&Bs in and around Shaftesbury.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Shaftesbury
YeovilSherborne  W UK road A30.svg E  Salisbury

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