Modern British in Shaftesbury

Fleur de Lys

Shaftesbury's top table has been keeping local foodies happy for more than 25 years. Traditional ingredients predominate – expect beef, guinea fowl, lobster and quail, the cooking is assured and the service is...

Castle in Shaftesbury

Old Wardour Castle

Six-sided Old Wardour Castle was built around 1393 and suffered severe damage during the English Civil War, leaving these imposing remains. The views from the upper levels are fabulous while its grassy lawns make...

Ruins in Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury Abbey

These hilltop ruins mark the site of what was England's largest and richest nunnery. It was founded in 888 by King Alfred the Great, and his daughter, Aethelgifu, was its first abbess. St Edward is thought to...

Pub Food in Shaftesbury


It's the decked terrace that'll draw you into this old inn – its cracking views out over Blackmore Vale make for a memorable spot to tuck into salads and burgers or a duck egg with ham and chips.

Street in Shaftesbury

Gold Hill

The often-photographed, painfully steep, quaint cobbled slope, lined by chocolate-box cottages, that starred in a famous TV advert for Hovis bread.