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.

Shaftesbury Abbey Museum is now closed for the season.

We look forward to seeing you in April 2022.