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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Lookout
“Gold Hill featured in the iconic Hovis advert. Shaftesbury is a lovely small town to visit with small shops, cafes and restaurants. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Supermarket chain selling groceries and household goods, open till midnight ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Hotel
“Top quality restaurant and also has a great cocktail bar. Not far from Famous Gold Hill.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Delicious and authentic Indian food in a very pleasant environment with friendly staff.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“Highly recommended on trip advisor and at the top of the famous "Gold Hill". Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset one of the most photographed streets in Great Britain - and used in countless calendars of England, Gold Hill is perhaps best known for its association with the famous Hovis bread advert that was filmed here in 1973, directed by Sir Ridley Scott.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cafe
“Small but friendly local arts centre which has regular shows throughout the year”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“Take the scenic A35) to Shaftsbury a pretty Dorset town with interesting shops and cafes. Wander down Gold Hill the setting for the classic of Hovis advert.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“If you like to explore some local historical sites then Shaftesbury Abbey is a must see. Great for children and adults alike and there is a small entrance fee. You can also pay to have an audio tour, which is great fun. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“View the iconic street (steepest in Britain) where they filmed the old Hovis bread adverts.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“lively and a bit of a surprise in this quiet town! Bar and snacks along with regular live local music”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“This is so close - just 1 minute down St James Street. Good for a drink or a meal. Beer garden at the back.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pub
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“At the top of the High street, usually you'll get a table. Food is very reasonable and it's a nice pub, with a lovely view outside. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Local Food, Freshly Made and Reasonably Priced. Lovely calm atmosphere with lovely staff. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“Worth visiting if in Shaftesbury. Reeves are a local bakery chain that make seriously good sourdoughs, among other things. Get loaves sliced in the machine if you want to make toast.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Premise
“Nice place for drinks in the evening or coffee whilst shopping or site seeing in Shaftesbury. Good food here too - pizza ovens and snacks or full dinner in the dining room”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Traditional Thai Takeaway, great food, Thai family owned. Note - Cash Only payment (they do not accept cards or cheques). It's also possible to eat in the restaurant area.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Delicious and authentic Indian food in a very pleasant environment with friendly staff.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Tea Room
“Highly recommended on trip advisor and at the top of the famous "Gold Hill". Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset one of the most photographed streets in Great Britain - and used in countless calendars of England, Gold Hill is perhaps best known for its association with the famous Hovis bread advert that was filmed here in 1973, directed by Sir Ridley Scott.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“This is so close - just 1 minute down St James Street. Good for a drink or a meal. Beer garden at the back.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Local Food, Freshly Made and Reasonably Priced. Lovely calm atmosphere with lovely staff. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“Worth visiting if in Shaftesbury. Reeves are a local bakery chain that make seriously good sourdoughs, among other things. Get loaves sliced in the machine if you want to make toast.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Traditional Thai Takeaway, great food, Thai family owned. Note - Cash Only payment (they do not accept cards or cheques). It's also possible to eat in the restaurant area.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely restaurant for a special occasion. Fantastic food, 5* service and an extensive wine list. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want a change from eating in pubs, this is the local Italian restaurant in Shaftesbury. 15 min drive”
  • 2 locals recommend

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