Shaftesbury is a small Market town in Dorset with a recorded history that goes back to the Saxon hilltop forts. You can imagine what it was like back in King Alfred’s time whilst walking around the ruins of the Abbey, or just enjoy the history of the area on display in the Gold Hill museum.
The town is the home of Gold Hill (made famous by the ‘Hovis’ TV advertisement) and has magnificent views over the Melbury Hills. There is a wide variety of interesting, traditional shops, pubs and restaurants for tourists to enjoy, in one of the friendliest towns in the area. Near to Shaftesbury you will find Mere on the edge of the Wiltshire Downs and the old market town of Sturminster Newton and many other villages which make up the Blackmore Vale. You can follow in the footsteps of Wessex’s most famous writer Thomas Hardy who’s novel ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ was set in the Shaftesbury area.
Shaftesbury, situated on the intersection of the A30 and the A350, is the ‘Gateway to the South West’. You can tour the region from Stonehenge in the east to Bath in the north, and Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south.