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Gold Hill Museum & Garden


Nestled in a traditional sandstone cottage at the top of the famous Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, is this fascinating museum.

Gold Hill Museum in Shaftesbury is located at the top of Gold Hill, made famous by the Hovis bread advertisement in the 1970's. The museum building was one a doss house, which provided accommodation for the drovers, jugglers and traders who came to Shaftesbury's markets and fairs. Enjoy the museum's beautiful award-winning cottage garden where you can sit and relax.

The Museum has many items of local interest providing an insight into Shaftesbury's long history and its association with crafts such as the Dorset button-making industry. The museum's cottage garden enjoys views to Melbury Hill.

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We offer a range of hands-on history workshops for all Key Stages, which take place in our purpose built room and in the museum.

We are currently developing reminiscence sessions and activities for community groups, including artefact handling, replicas and costume, and craft activities.


Museum facilities
Gift shop  Yes
Gardens/Grounds Yes
Toilets for Wheelchair Users   
Guided Tours   
Audio Tours   
Wheelchair Accessability  Wide access to all galleries, disabled toilet and lift.
Induction Loop   
Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired   
Group Visits  
School Visits  
Outreach activities  


Gold Hill

01747 852157