Gold Hill Museum & GardenSalisbury
Gold Hill
Dorset SP7 8JW


Housed in a traditional sandstone cottage at the top of Shaftesbury’s cobbled Gold Hill is the Folk Museum. It is easily reached through an alleyway beside the Town Hall.

Traditional Dorset life and history is displayed through artefacts, tools, costumes and a fine display of buttons made locally in the mid 18th century. Also on display is the town’s first fire engine.

The building was once a ‘doss’ house for the drovers, traders, jugglers and entertainers who came to Shaftesbury’s markets and fairs.

Behind the cottage is a delightful country garden with views over Blackmore Vale. The garden has won many awards. It is a lovely place to sit and relax. The plantings have not only been chosen for their colour but for their perfumes as well.

Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through here:    External Link
Opening Times
End of March to the end of October.
Every day from 10:30 – 16:30 hours.
Allow at least an hour for your visit.
Donations are always welcome
Disabled Access
The museum is housed in two historic buildings. Wheelchair access is limited due to the age of the buildings.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1747 852 157
Mail   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website   Gold Hill Museum    External Link
Getting There
- By Car
In the centre of Shaftesbury in the High Street is the Town Hall. On either side of the Town Hall are walkways to Gold Hill. The Gold Hill Museum is at the top of the hill behind the Town Hall.
- Parking
There is plenty of parking and it is recommended that you choose the long-term car parks for a leisurely visit.  
The Museum website has excellent directions and a map.  Web:  Gold Hill Museum/ Find us    External Link
Google Map - Gold Hill Museum & Garden


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