FAST FACTS

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GET­TING THERE

CAR Shaftes­bury is lo­cated about 186 kilo­me­tres, or a 2.5-hour drive, from Lon­don.

TRAIN South West Trains have daily ser­vices to nearby Gilling­ham (Dorset) Station di­rect from Water­loo Station, Lon­don.

AIR The near­est air­ports are Lon­don or Southamp­ton, then it’s a car or train ride to Shaftes­bury.

ON THE WAY

HIGH­CLERE CASTLE If you’re driv­ing from Lon­don, take a break half­way at the fi­film lo­ca­tion of the Down­ton Abbey tele­vi­sion series. High­clere Park, High­clere, New­bury. high­clere­cas­tle.co.uk

SAL­IS­BURY CATHE­DRAL

Al­most 800 years old and with Bri­tain’s tallest spire, this im­pres­sive cathe­dral is only about 40 min­utes from Shaftes­bury. 6 The Close, Sal­is­bury. sal­is­burycathe­dral.org.uk/visit

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Sum­mer and au­tumn is a good time to visit, with pleas­ant weather and day­time tem­per­a­tures of 22–28°C.

WHERE TO STAY

THE BECK­FORD ARMS Cosy rooms with views over the grounds in­clude break­fast, but they also have two lodges on the es­tate for a self-catered stay. Fonthill Gifff­ford, Tis­bury. beck­for­darms.com

GROSVENOR HO­TEL This beau­ti­ful ho­tel is si­t­u­ated just a short stroll to Gold Hill. High Street, Shaftes­bury. grosveno­rarms.co.uk COOLS FARM A 17th-cen­tury house on a work­ing farm, where the eggs for break­fast come from their own chick­ens. East Knoyle, Tis­bury. cools­farm.co.uk

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

OLD WAR­DOUR CASTLE Step back in time with a visit to the ru­ins of this 14th-cen­tury castle, built be­side a beau­ti­ful lake. Wan­der through the woods be­hind and watch out for deer. Near Tis­bury, Sal­is­bury. www.english-her­itage.org.uk/ visit/places/old-war­dour-castle

MESSUMS WILTSHIRE Based in a re­stored 14th-cen­tury monas­tic tithe barn, this gallery cel­e­brates the arts. Court Street, Tis­bury.

FONTHILL ES­TATE Spread over more than 3500 hectares, Fonthill is an in­cred­i­ble es­tate. There are pub­lic path­ways through the woods and be­side the lake. Tis­bury. fonthill.co.uk

STOUR­HEAD PARK Set aside a day to visit this 1072-hectare na­ture con­ser­va­tion es­tate with fa­mous land­scape gar­dens, as well as the his­toric Stour­head House. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ stour­head

GOLD HILL One of the most pho­tographed streets in the UK, it can be found just offff High Street, tucked away be­low the Town Hall. Shaftes­bury.

WHERE TO SHOP

DAIRYAND INTERIORSHOUSE ANTIQUESA won­der­fully large range of an­tiques and col­lecta­bles in the old Sem­ley Dairy. Be pre­pared to walk out with an arm­ful of trea­sures. Station Road, Shaftes­bury. www.dairy­house­an­tiques.com

FORK AND FLOW­ERS This shop offf­fers cut flflow­ers and an­tiques, with a pretttty walled gar­den out the back where cus­tomers can pick their own blooms. 37 High Street, Shaftes­bury. forkand­flflow­ers.co.uk

COLE AND CO You’ll fifind a range of tweed, boots and hats here to help you cre­ate a Bri­tish wardrobe. 9A Sal­is­bury Street, Shaftes­bury.

TIS­BURY DELICATESSEN Not your av­er­age vil­lage deli. Grab a bag of the truf­flf­fle crisps, which are a real treat. High Street, Tis­bury.

WHERE TO EAT

PYT­HOUSE KITCHEN GAR­DEN Open for break­fast and lunch, and din­ner on Fri­days and Satur­days. West Hatch, Tis­bury. pyt­house­k­itchen­gar­den.co.uk

THE BECK­FORD ARMS

A tra­di­tional yet stylish coun­try pub, al­ways bustling with lo­cals and their dogs. Book in for the Sun­day roast. Fonthill Gifff­ford, Tis­bury. beck­for­darms.com

THE COMPASSES INN Built in the 14th cen­tury, this pub re­tains many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures and has a great menu. Lower Chicks­grove, Tis­bury. the­com­pass­esinn.com

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