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A Guide to Shaftesbury

From Blackmore Vale and the famous Gold Hill, to stunning walking trails and our olde-worlde high street, Shaftesbury is home to countless hidden gems. Here are just a handful of the best places to visit, all of which just happen to be right on our doorstep.

Explore the Best of Dorset

There are a great many ways to pass the time when you are visiting Shaftesbury and surrounding areas.

Being situated in the heart of Dorset means there’s plenty of countryside to explore on foot or bike, but there’s still plenty to get up to in Shaftesbury. Our scenic location is rich in attractions to discover and activities to enjoy.

Feel free to speak to Victoria and the team here at the pub for plenty of ideas and inspiration on places to visit.



With hills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, Stourhead was described as ‘a living work of art’ when first opened in the 1740s. Stourhead is breathtaking in any season, but it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic in summer.

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Founded over 1000 years ago by King Alfred the Great, Shaftesbury is one of England’s most charming and historic market towns, famous for its picturesque Gold Hill (of Hovis fame!), with extensive views of the unspoilt Dorset landscape.

Melbury Vale Vineyard

Melbury Vale Vineyard lies 1.5 miles south of Shaftesbury just off the A350 at Cann Bridge and is run by the brother and sister team of Clare and Glynn, who took over the site in 2003. They are a small, rural business located within 28 acres of south facing, rolling hillside in the beautiful Stirkel Valley, with a onsite shop and vineyard tasting tour.


Wander around the chocolate box village of Hindon or kick back and relax over a glass (or two), or why not savour some al fresco dining courtesy of the Lamb at Hindon (our sister pub also).  They also have beautiful room if you want to stay around for a bit longer.