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Shaftesbury overview

Shaftesbury is a trendy spot, distinct for its countryside and festivals, and known for its castle and historical sites. You're sure to enjoy all of the coffee and bar options. Learn about local heritage at popular landmarks in the area, such as Stonehenge. Don't miss your chance to see attractions like Old Wardour Castle and Gold Hill Museum. Shaftesbury is an inviting destination that has something for everyone.

Where to stay in Shaftesbury

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Shaftesbury has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Shaftesbury with by checking our online maps. These display the areas and neighbourhoods around all Shaftesbury hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Shaftesbury hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Shaftesbury

Fly in to Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station), 20 mi (32.2 km) from central Shaftesbury. Poole (POQ-Poole Bus Station) is the next closest major airport, 21.6 mi (34.8 km) away.

What to see around Shaftesbury

Festivals, jazz and museums are top highlights, along with cultural places like:
  • • Gold Hill Museum
  • • Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden
  • • The Art Stable
  • • Sturminster Newton Mill
  • • Blandford Forum Town Museum
Memorable for its castle, historical sites and these top landmarks to visit:
  • • Old Wardour Castle
  • • Shillingstone Railway Project
  • • Stourhead Garden
  • • Dinton Park & Philipps House
  • • Edmondsham House and Gardens
Its countryside and swimming spots offer a glimpse of the area's natural beauty. Favourite spots for nature lovers include:
  • • Shearwater Lake
  • • Center Parcs Longleat Forest
  • • Priest's House Museum and Garden
  • • Knoll Gardens
  • • Sculpture by the Lakes
Some highlights of the area include:
  • • Old Wardour Castle
  • • Stourhead
  • • Ashley Wood Golf Club
  • • Longleat
  • • Hauser and Wirth Somerset

When to visit Shaftesbury

Wondering which time of year to travel or what clothes to pack? Here are seasonal trends to help you with your planning:

Seasonal temperatures
  • January-March: 11°C day, 3°C night
  • April-June: 18°C day, 5°C night
  • July-September: 19°C day, 11°C night
  • October-December: 16°C day, 4°C night
Seasonal average rainfall
  • January-March: 6 cm
  • April-June: 5 cm
  • July-September: 10 cm
  • October-December: 6 cm
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