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About Shaftesbury

The delightful Dorset countryside can be enjoyed to full effect in Shaftesbury, a charming town bordering the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the historic town of Gillingham.

Holding the title of highest town in Dorset, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are show-stopping views aplenty to be found from the top of the area’s many rolling hills.

Its most famous view is the one enjoyed from Gold Hill, which starred in the classic 1970s Hovis TV advert. The steep cobbled street is lined with character cottages and thatched buildings used in the advert by world-famous film director, Ridley Scott, to represent an idyllic country scene.

Considered by many to be one of the most picturesque parts of the UK, for a different perspective and panoramic vistas from above, why not take a popular hot air balloon ride? Back on the ground you’ll find a selection of museums that are well worth a visit, including the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Gardens.

Inspire: Shaftesbury Holiday Articles

Exploring Dorset - Day 1

We choose the delights of West Dorset for our minibreak, in an area stretching from Lyme Regis to Weymouth and Portland.

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Exploring Dorset - Day 2

On our second day in West Dorset, we set out to visit some of the region’s many fun-filled family attractions.

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Best Beaches

As England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast ranks among the globe’s top natural wonders, with the likes of the Galapagos Islands and Victoria Falls for company. Spanning 95 miles, there is plenty for holidaymakers to explore, and a surprising diversity amongst its many beautiful beaches.

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