Shaftesbury Holidays |

Choose from a variety of accommodation to suit your stay

Shaftesbury is a gorgeous town full of history which has been immortalised not only in the works of Thomas Hardy in his renaming of the town to Shaston but also in the Hovis bread commercial. Gold Hill, the famous cobbled hill in the commercial has portrayed countryside tradition to the masses and enjoys an elevated position meaning that it commands some spectacular views out over the Blackmore Vale, on a clear day you can even see Glastonbury Tor. A holiday in Shaftesbury will see you 219m above sea level and staying in one of the highest and oldest towns in Britain.

This lovely town is a perfect setting for anyone wanting to get active outdoors as you visit the old churches, wonderful houses and gardens or set out on one of the great cycle trails or walks in the area. Places to make sure you visit on a walk around Shaftesbury are Wardour Castle, Duncliffe Hill and Duncliffe Wood, all other spectacular sights.

Shaftesbury has two museums telling the story of this historic part of Dorset. Gold Hill Museum is a free attraction found at the top of the famous Gold Hill and has collections including Roman archaeology and the Saxon roots of the town. Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden houses a collection of artefacts from Saxon times and tells the story of this historical Abbey. The gardens at the Abbey are tranquil and a stunning spot to relax during the summer months.

After taking the day to discover Shaftesbury you might like to have an afternoon tea in a pretty tea shop, have some pub grub at one of the traditional pubs or have a meal at one of Shaftesbury’s wonderful restaurants. There are over 40 places to enjoy a meal in the town so you won’t be short of choice during a holiday in Shaftesbury.

Shaftesbury town holds a weekly market on Thursdays so you can stock up your Dorset larder with all manner of treats and bargains from the local traders. The shops that you find on Shaftesbury High Street are largely independent but are well stocked ensuring you’ll have everything you’ll ever need for a holiday in Dorset with butchers, convenience stores and gift shops lining the streets.

The surrounding towns and villages in North Dorset are just as charming and are well worth a visit while on holiday in Shaftesbury. Sherborne is famed for its castles and Abbey while other locations such as Gillingham, Struminster Newton and East Melbury all have plenty to see and do.

This lovely town is a perfect setting for anyone wanting to get active outdoors.

Shaftesbury holidays bring peace, charm and tranquillity and we have a great collection of accommodation in the town so you can enjoy all that it has to offer.

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