Gillingham Holidays |

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Gillingham sits in part of Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Blackmore Vale area of the county. Gillingham is the most northerly town in Dorset and only five miles away from Shaftesbury.

The town can boast some of the best transport links in the country with the A303 London to Exeter road passing just to the north. Gillingham train station is also on the main train line between the two, meaning you’ll have fantastic opportunity for exploring on a North Dorset holiday.

Gillingham has a stone age barrow which suggests that people have lived here for a very long time, perhaps even as early as the 2nd or 3rd centuries. The town was firmly established by the Saxons and a Saxon cross dating back to the 9th century is found in the church of St Mary the Virgin today. If you wish to explore more into the history of the town, Gillingham Museum tells the story of how Gillingham changed from a Neolithic settlement through to the charming town it is today. The town bridge has been immortalised by famous painter Constable and other scenes depicted in Constable’s work can be found in the larger Dorset area.

The town is home to a fantastic range of pubs and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for hearty pub grub or a fancy Italian, Gillingham has something to suit all palates. Don’t restrict yourself to a meal in Gillingham as the surrounding towns and villages have plenty more eateries to enjoy. Gillingham acts as a shopping hub for the surrounding towns and villages so you won’t be short of places to search for that memory or souvenir to take home for friends and family.

Every August the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show brings big crowds to the town with over 500 exhibitors and four entertainment rings with everything from motorcycle display teams through to birds of prey. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. Gillingham Carnival also attracts large crowds to the town with a week of festivities falling in October every year.

Whether you’re looking for hearty pub grub or a fancy Italian, Gillingham has something to suit all palates.

If you’re a fan of the countryside, then a holiday in Gillingham won’t disappoint you. The North Dorset Trailway is a walking route that follows an old railway line and passes through the nearby towns Blandford Forum and Sturminster Newton. However, it’s not only walking that you can enjoy, with biking and horse riding also available so you can enjoy this beautiful trail in a variety of ways. Little ones have even been catered for with the track being suitable for pushchairs.

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