{"LocationDetails":{"Id":845,"Name":"Shaftesbury","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holidays in Shaftesbury\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt says it all that Gold Hill in Shaftesbury was the setting for that famous Hovis ad we all knew and loved, and this market town is very much a little slice of everything we love about traditional English life. Holidays in Shaftesbury should be spent forgetting what time it is, logged out of the social media accounts and just embracing some of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s finest scenery. They\u0026rsquo;re about long walks on ancient pathways, lazy lunches in friendly pubs and spending time together somewhere peaceful.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eShaftesbury sits on a hill high above the spectacular Blackmore Vale, and that means that however you choose to spend your holiday, you\u0026rsquo;ll never be far from those views. If you\u0026rsquo;re a history lover, you\u0026rsquo;ll find attractions like Shaftesbury Abbey and Gardens on your doorstep, and what a way to gain an insight into the town\u0026rsquo;s past. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Shaftesbury\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen it comes to things to do in Shaftesbury, we reckon you\u0026rsquo;re probably going to start by popping your walking boots on. For many, a stay in the area means the chance to walk Blackmore Vale. Once described as \u0026ldquo;the vale of little dairies\u0026rdquo; by Thomas Hardy himself, this landscape is indeed made up of pretty dairy farms and cow-dotted fields, and you\u0026rsquo;ll feel a world away from the madding crowd.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTo be honest, if you don\u0026rsquo;t feel like a long hike during your holiday you still enjoy a wander around Park Walk. Thanks to its far-reaching views over St James and across to Blackmore Vale, this one\u0026rsquo;s a popular spot for a stroll with a view. In fact, if you take a picnic on a sunny day it\u0026rsquo;s even better.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow, forget everything else, there\u0026rsquo;s one thing you have to do during a holiday in Shaftesbury, and that\u0026rsquo;s pay a visit to the infamous Gold Hill. The setting for that infamous Hovis advert, this cobbled hill captures everything about England that makes us feel all nostalgic, and it\u0026rsquo;s beautiful. There\u0026rsquo;s a museum nearby too, so we say make sure you pop this one onto your holiday itinerary.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eShaftesbury attractions \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a Shaftesbury attraction to suit every kind of visitor, but Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Gardens is a great starting point. It\u0026rsquo;s best to do this one on a dry day as the ruins are uncovered, and there\u0026rsquo;s something fascinating about this walled medieval herb garden and the abbey ruins inside it. Founded in 888 and home to nuns, the abbey was dissolved in 1539 at the hands of Thomas Cromwell, and the site opens every day between the 1\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e April and 31\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e October. There\u0026rsquo;s a peaceful atmosphere at Shaftesbury Abbey, so it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for some time out during your holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow, we\u0026rsquo;ve all seen the Hovis advert over the years, complete with a cobbled hill and sleepy cottages, and it was all filmed at Gold Hill. The Gold Hill Museum sits right at the top of the infamous hill, and with an award-winning cottage garden to its name it\u0026rsquo;s a lovely place to catch up on the area\u0026rsquo;s history. Eight galleries depict the story of the town\u0026rsquo;s past, and exhibits include the oldest fire engine in Dorset, a Byzant once used during celebrations when the water supply was secured, and costumes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eShaftesbury restaurants \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith so many walks to wander and attractions to visit, you\u0026rsquo;ll be keen for hints and tips when it comes to those Shaftesbury restaurants. The Salt Cellar, perched at the top of Gold Hill, is a firm favourite, and its views are incredible. Set in the cellar of the former town hall, this caf\u0026eacute;\u0026rsquo;s perfect for a stop-off during a day of sightseeing, and we have it on very good authority that the baguettes are delish!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor that special evening meal, Chutneys has been serving up yummy Indian food with a modern twist for 17 years. With a relaxed atmosphere and award-winning chefs, it has a reputation for great service and food to match. It\u0026rsquo;s probably best to book a table if you fancy trying this restaurant during your holiday, as it has a loyal following and it does get busy.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eEvery holiday needs that secret little pub off the beaten track, and for Shaftesbury holidays that\u0026rsquo;s The Forester. This country pub serves gorgeous food, and visitors love its olde worlde feel. Expect a warm welcome and friendly service, so this one\u0026rsquo;s perfect after a long walk or a busy day of adventures.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"shaftesbury","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/10/iStock-637917834.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Gold Hill ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf there\u0026rsquo;s one place you have to visit while you\u0026rsquo;re in Shaftesbury \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s Gold Hill. The setting for that 1973 Hovis advert (remember the one with the boy with the bike), this cobbled, cottage-lined hill is so quaint you\u0026rsquo;ll be reaching for your camera phone. There\u0026rsquo;s a free museum at the top, and the caf\u0026eacute; inside the old town hall at the top makes a popular spot for a sandwich and a cup of tea when you\u0026rsquo;ve climbed the hill\u0026hellip;and those views, wow.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOnce you\u0026rsquo;re at the top of Gold Hill you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to take in views that reach across the Blackmore Vale in the distance, and there\u0026rsquo;s something so quintessentially English about the whole scene that it\u0026rsquo;ll make you feel as though time\u0026rsquo;s stood still. The Hovis ad was voted viewers\u0026rsquo; all-time favourite back in 2006, securing Gold Hill\u0026rsquo;s place in the hearts of the nation. So, make time to amble your way along those ancient cobbles to the top of the hill and experience a little slice of Shaftesbury life at its best.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0059,"LocationLongitude":-2.17382,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/10/iStock-637917834.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shaftesbury/shaftesbury/gold-hill","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/10/iStock-637917834.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Old Wardour Castle ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSet in the quiet Wiltshire countryside, Old Wardour Castle is an English Heritage site, and it was once one of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most intriguing homes. Built in the 14\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century, this fortified residence had quite the touch of luxury, and life within its walls was all about good times and lavish entertainment. These days, the ruins of the castle make for a relaxing family day out with plenty to keep the kids entertained.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll be given an audio tour when you buy your tickets, which brings the castle\u0026rsquo;s colourful history to life as you make your way around the ruins at your own pace. You\u0026rsquo;ll be welcome to wander the castle\u0026rsquo;s rooms and grotto, and if you climb the spiral staircase you\u0026rsquo;ll be rewarded with country views that stretch for miles. 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