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Add Shaftesbury to your Itinerary

Shaftesbury, Gold Hill

The picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury lies nestled around its Saxon Benedictine Abbey and at its peak had the largest women's religious community in England.

An indespensible Medieval trading post for the farmers of the arable Cranborne Chase and dairying Blackmore Vale, today Shaftesbury offers centuries of history, stunning vistas over three counties, a range of traditional stores, regular markets, gift shops and the view that everyone recognises, iconic Gold Hill.

What's Nearby

  1. Gold Hill Museum

    Gold Hill Museum contains exhibits of the 1100 years of the history of the town, and complements...

    0.09 miles away
  2. Gold Hill

    Come and stand on the ancient cobbles of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury a glorious setting made famous in...

    0.13 miles away
  3. Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden

    Explore the site of Saxon England’s foremost Benedictine nunnery, founded by King Alfred, and...

    0.17 miles away
  4. Hambledon & Hod Hills

    Hambledon & Hod Hills

    Hambledon Hill is Dorset's most impressive Iron Age hillfort with mulitple ramparts. The hilltop...

    6.75 miles away
  1. Sturminster Newton Museum

    The Museum's collection contains objects, documents and photographs relating to the history of the...

    7.33 miles away
  2. Sturminster Newton Mill

    First mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, this most picturesque of watermills was largely...

    7.76 miles away
  3. The Great Dorset Steam Fair

    If you are looking for an excellent fun and action packed day out for all the family, you'll love...

    8.85 miles away
  4. Royal Signals Museum

    Dorset's Hidden Gem! From semaphore to high tech cyber space, and electronic warfare: discover the...

    9.96 miles away
  5. Blandford Fashion Museum

    Lime Tree House was opened to the public as a home for Mrs. Penny's collection of historic costumes...

    10.41 miles away
  6. Stock Gaylard House

    A Georgian house overlooking an ancient deer park with the parish church of St Barnabas in the...

    10.77 miles away
  7. Knowlton Church & Rings

    An English Heritage Site. Knowlton is a site on the outskirts of Wimborne, Dorset. It is best known...

    12.69 miles away
  8. Capability Brown Experience Exhibition

    The Capability Brown Experience Exhibition celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of...

    13.54 miles away
  9. Badbury Rings

    Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort in east Dorset.

    The Badbury Rings site dates from around...

    13.9 miles away
  10. Sherborne Castle

    Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and stately home of the Digby family since 1617, Sherborne...

    13.93 miles away
  11. Gryphon Sports Centre

    This busy leisure centre is the largest of its kind in the area. The centre has a main sports hall,...

    14.05 miles away
  12. Sherborne Old Castle

    Families and history lovers alike will all enjoy a day out to Sherborne Old Castle; bring a picnic...

    14.12 miles away
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