5 reasons to visit Shaftesbury, Dorset
As staycations grow ever more popular in the UK, we can’t think of a better little town to while away the summer months. Our bustling town has a thriving high street, delicious eateries, unique shops, oodles of history and plenty of pretty neighbouring villages to visit. There are lots of reasons to visit us here in Shaftesbury, but here are just a handful:
- Independent Businesses
We’re incredibly lucky here in Shaftesbury to have a plethora of beautiful independent businesses lining the high street. Starting on Bell Street, there’s Bright Blooms which is a gorgeous local florist, selling flowers and houseplants. Folde is a beautiful new shop dedicated to all things South West; books, art, cards and crafts galore and situated right at the top of the stunning Gold Hill (more on that later!) Then there’s Pamplemousse, a florist café for nationally delivered fresh flowers, pastries and delicious coffee to take away. Not forgetting Shaftesbury Wines! Run by David and Alice, a lovely father and daughter duo who champion independent producers making wine with a passion. Then there’s Moon & Back which is fit to burst with lots of stunning children’s wear and, of course, Coconut & Cotton, a zero-waste shop for all of your household needs and beyond. Naturally, we’re at 6 The Commons, just opposite The Grosvenor Arms and full of stunning candles and charming homewares. We would love to see you!
Fresh flowers outside Pamplemousse
- Beautiful views
Shaftesbury sits proudly at 750ft above sea level, which means the views never fail to be stunning. Take a stroll onto Park Walk, a lovely promenade with fantastic views over the Blackmore Vale and Melbury Hill (which is a stunning walk in itself if you’ve got the time!) The adjacent Abbey was founded by King Alfred for his daughter and the same promenade was walked by nuns from the 9th-16th century! The Abbey now boasts a museum and beautiful garden for you to explore. It’s a peaceful haven, tucked away from the bustle of town.
The view from Win Green, a 10 minute drive from Shaftesbury
- Gold Hill
Back in 1973, Hovis filmed what is now known as ‘Britain’s favourite television advert’ on our very own Gold Hill! This perfectly quaint, cobbled hill has astounding views of the vale and feels like a moment from times gone by. Perfectly preserved, nestled behind the town hall, this hill really is picture perfect and famed for its beauty. It’s probably this charming little hill that put Shaftesbury on the map, it was voted one of England’s prettiest streets!
Gold Hill, tucked away just off the High Street
- Delicious Food
We’re incredibly lucky to boast several delicious eateries within a stone’s throw of our shop. As well as restaurants and traditional pubs for evening dining, there’s also Ecco Gelato who have just set up shop at the top of Gold Hill. Why not reward yourself after the walk to the top with an ice cream? There’s also a Thursday market throughout the high street selling fresh fish, local veggies and artisan cheese amongst other things. Finally, we couldn’t go without mentioning King Alfred’s Kitchen who may or may not provide our team with Friday morning’s bacon sandwiches!
Ecco Gelato is at the top of the High Street
- Great Neighbours
There’s plenty to do and explore in Shaftesbury, but should you wish to venture a little further, our neighbouring towns and villages are also lovely.
Stourhead Gardens are only a 25 minute drive away and King Alfred’s Tower is a superb picnic spot in the same area too. If you’re looking to explore a small city, Salisbury isn’t far away either. There’s a great theatre and beautiful cathedral to investigate. Finally, if you prefer to be beside the seaside, it’s less than an hour’s drive to the world-famous Jurassic Coast.
Durdle Door is around an hour from Shaftesbury
Our quaint little town is a haven for UK holidaymakers, if you’re looking for a gentle getaway, we couldn’t recommend a lovelier place.