Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with cobbled streets lined with small stone cottages, some with thatched roofs, and period country houses set in beautiful gardens. Shaftesbury is chocolate box pretty and the iconic residential street of Gold Hill (made famous by the 1973 Hovis advert) is considered one of the most picturesque sites in England. Shaftesbury, although now providing modern facilities in the town, remains largely untouched.
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Schools in Shaftesbury
There are just three schools in Shaftesbury, two CofE primary schools and one secondary school.
Shaftesbury Abbey Primary school is a ‘good’ school in the eyes of Ofsted. However, what makes it incredibly special are two of the original Victorian classrooms from when the school was first opened in 1873. Shaftesbury Primary School is the other option for parents but, however, ‘requires improvement’ when it comes to leadership and management. However, all other aspects of the school are ‘good’.
Shaftesbury School is a co-educational secondary facility with sixth form. It was ranked ‘good’ by Ofsted during its latest inspection and is known for its sporting achievements.
Shops in Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury high street is home to a daily buzz of activity, particularly on a Saturday morning. Shops range from independent retailers to delicatessens, cafes, restaurants, and a handful of small branches of national chains.
Doing the weekly shop is no problem due to the large Tesco and Co-Op stores close to the town centre. Making the short drive to Gillingham will also provide shoppers with more independent shops and amenities, as well as an Asda, Waitrose, and Lidl.
Transport Links Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury is located on the intersection of the A30 and A350 and is considered the ‘Gateway to the South West’. From Shaftesbury you can easily head north to Bath and Bristol, south to Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast, or west to Devon and Cornwall.
Despite having numerous local and regional buses, Shaftesbury does not have a train station. The nearest is a 14-minute drive away in Gillingham, or a hop on the 59, 158, or X9 buses. Train services from Gillingham call at the likes of London Waterloo, Exeter, St Davids, and Weymouth.