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Shaftesbury

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Shaftesbury is small market town in north Dorset, close to the Wiltshire border. It is perched on the top of a hill with commanding views over the surrounding countryside. Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the pretty streets and taking in the scenery. There’s something quite charming about this traditional town, that’s reminiscent of times gone by.

History

Shaftesbury has a rich and varied history. It was founded in the Saxon era and many of the tourist attractions delve further into the areas past. The Shaftesbury Town Museum is situated in a small cottage and run by a team of volunteers. There are a number of collections and exhibits which offer an insight into the various industries that were relied upon in the town.

A visit to Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Gardens is also well worth a visit during your day out. It sits on the site of a Benedictine nunnery within an impressive walled garden, ideal for taking some time out to relax and unwind. The abbey showcases artefacts unearthed in excavation. It also tells the story of the people who have lived there throughout the ages through a mix of audio and printed guides.

Gold Hill

Shaftesbury is best known for Gold Hill, a picturesque cobbled street made famous by a popular Hovis bread advert broadcast in the 70s. Each year visitors flock to photograph this beautiful this vantage point, which offers views of quaint, thatched cottages and the Blackmore Vale in the distance.

Shopping

There are a number of independent shops and boutiques to peruse during a day out from South Lytchett Manor. Traditional tearooms, greengrocers, butchers and bakers and a gift shops can all be found in the high street.

Directions

Follow signs to Blandford Forum and then pick up signs for Shaftesbury

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