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
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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
The museum is housed in two historic buildings. Wheelchair access is limited due to the age of the buildings.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1747 852 157