Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden


Shaftesbury Abbey Museum is situated in a commanding position overlooking the beautiful Blackmore Vale and close to the famous Gold Hill.

Shaftesbury held one of the most important and influential religious houses for women, it was founded by King Alfred the Great in AD888 as England’s foremost Benedictine nunnery first led by his daughter. The Abbey was instrumental in the prosperity of the town for over 650 years. Only the foundations survive after the destruction ordered by Henry VIII in 1539. The museum brings to life the story of the Abbey and the people who lived here.


The Abbey Gardens will be open to visitors between 10am and 4pm from 12th April 2021 with hygiene and social distancing measures in place. There is no need to book, but numbers of visitors in the garden will be monitored.

​​The museum buildings will remain closed until 17th May.



Donations welcomed.

Drinks and Ice creams for sale.

Full disabled access in the museum, some uneven ground and steps in the garden. Please get in touch for further advice.