Destination guide

The friendly city of Shaftesbury awaits you

The area's festivals and culture are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to Shaftesbury. This welcoming and relaxing city entices travellers with its bars and coffee shops. Longleat and Salisbury Cathedral are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. With a holiday rental, you get a home away from home – many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in Shaftesbury

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Shaftesbury has to offer. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Ashley Wood Golf Club (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
  • Center Parcs Longleat Forest (12.8 mi / 20.6 km)
  • Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (13.8 mi / 22.2 km)
  • Wimborne Model Town (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)
  • Royal Bath and West Showground (18.3 mi / 29.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Shaftesbury

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Shaftesbury is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Center Parcs Longleat Forest (12.8 mi / 20.6 km)
  • Edmondsham House and Gardens (13.5 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Priest's House Museum and Garden (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)
  • Cathedral Close (17.1 mi / 27.5 km)
  • Knoll Gardens (18.1 mi / 29.2 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Shaftesbury

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 21.7 mi (35 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Bristol (BRS-Bristol Intl.), which is 34.8 mi (56.1 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Shaftesbury?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 167 holiday lettings around Shaftesbury. From 17 houses to 134 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Shaftesbury? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Shaftesbury. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden: 600 holiday lettings
  • Gold Hill Museum: 593 holiday lettings
  • Longleat Safari and Adventure Park: 992 holiday lettings
  • Stourhead: 815 holiday lettings
  • Poole Hamworthy Station: 1,440 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Shaftesbury listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Shaftesbury?

Yes, of course. offers 17 Houses in Shaftesbury. Our other popular types of Shaftesbury holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 134 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 134 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 7 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Barns and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Shaftesbury?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 7 holiday homes with pool available in Shaftesbury. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.