Welcome to the Official Shaftesbury and District Tourism website
Shaftesbury, situated on the intersection of the A30 and the A350, is the ‘Gateway to the South West’, from which you can tour the area from Stonehenge in the east to Bath and Bristol to the north, and Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south.
Shaftesbury is a small Market town with a recorded history that goes back to the Saxon hilltop forts. You can experience what it was like back in King Alfred’s time whilst walking round the ruins of the Abbey, or just enjoy the history of the area displayed in the Gold Hill museum. The town is the home of Gold Hill (made famous by the ‘Hovis’ advertisement) and has magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale. There is a wide variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants for tourists to enjoy, in one of the friendliest towns in the area.