Welcome to Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with a fascinating history going back to Saxon times.  The town is the home of Gold Hill (made famous by the “Hovis” advert) and has magnificent views over Thomas Hardy’s Blackmore Vale.  It is the gateway to the South West from where you can tour the area from Stonehenge to the east to Bath and Bristol to the north and the Jurassic Coast to the south.

We are delighted to say that the town is returning to some form of normality. Our accommodation providers re-opened on July 4, alongside most restaurants and inns. Shaftesbury Abbey is open on weekends (10am-4pm), and Gold Hill Museum on Friday-Sunday (10.30am-4.30pm). The town’s outdoor swimming pool is also open. It won’t be the same for visitors of course, but in some cases it will be better – the High Street has become a pedestrian-only zone for the summer. Meanwhile, the stunning landscapes around Shaftesbury remain accessible and offer the chance to blow away the stresses of the city. We hope to see you soon.