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

Gold Hill in Shaftesbury

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

On A30 between London and Exeter, and the A350 between Poole and Chippenham.

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]

See[edit]

  • 1 Gold Hill. Shaftesbury's most notable site to see. It is famous for being featured in Hovis Bread advertisements. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury (Q12058752) on Wikidata Gold Hill, Shaftesbury on Wikipedia
  • 2 Gold Hill Museum, Gold Hill, SP7 8JW, +44 1747 852157, . 10:30AM-4:30PM. Museum dedicated to Gold Hill displays many artefacts that relate to the history of Shaftesbury and the surrounding area, including Dorset's oldest fire engine, dating from 1744 Free, donations welcomed.
  • 3 Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Gardens, Park Walk, SP7 8JR, +44 1747 852910, . 1st Apr - 31st Oct: 10AM-5PM. tells the story of the abbey and also has a herb garden and medieval orchard Adult: £4, Concessions: £3, Children (accompanied, 16 and under): Free. Shaftesbury Abbey (Q1128802) on Wikidata Shaftesbury Abbey on Wikipedia
  • 4 Old Wardour Castle, Nr Tisbury, SP3 6RR (7 miles east of Shaftesbury off A30 3 1⁄2 miles SW of Tisbury.), +44 1747 870487. Partially ruined, turreted, 14th-century, fortified residence with panoramic views. adults £5.90, child (5-17 years) £3.50, concessions £5.30. Old Wardour Castle (Q7969192) on Wikidata Wardour Castle on Wikipedia

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Festivals[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. Usually occurs in the first weekend of July and has food stalls, arts stalls and local music that can be found in the abbey ruins.

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Sleep[edit]

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

  • 1 La Fleur de Lys, Bleke St SP7 8AW, +44 1747 853717. Pleasant restaurant with rooms at north edge of town centre. No dogs. B&B double from £110.
  • 2 Royal Chase Hotel (Best Western), SP7 8DB (near Royal Chase Roundabout), +44 844 387 6034.
  • Grosvenor Arms, High St SP7 8JA, +44 1747 850580. Excellent hotel in an old coaching inn, gets great scores for comfort, service and cuisine. B&B double from £120.
  • 3 The Fontmell, Crown Hill, Fontmell Magna SP7 0PA, +44 1747 811441. Charming inn with six bedrooms (some distinctly cosy), good dining. B&B double from £90.

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


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