Shaftesbury is perched on a hill high above Dorset’s gentle Blackmore Vale and has one of the most beautiful and commanding settings of any market town in England, with a charm and history that is unrivalled. Founded over 1100 years ago as the site of King Alfred’s citadel Benedictine Abbey, and today largely unchanged since the 18th century, the town is a treasure trove for all.

Located on ancient trade routes, Shaftesbury has been a market centre for centuries, and today there is still a charter market on Thursdays. Regular Farmers’ Markets, book fairs, flee markets, plus monthly Sunday Markets all add to the wonderful bustling atmosphere of the town. Shaftesbury has a wide selection of quality cafes, pubs and restaurants and proudly boasts a High Street filled with independent shops offering everything you need from gifts to clothes, home furnishings to local produce.