The story of the Abbey and its inhabitants has been vividly brought to life in our newly redeveloped museum. The museum is decorated in dramatic medieval colours chosen to reflect the interior of the original Abbey church.

The museum houses a fascinating collection of carved stonework including samples of Saxon carving, medieval floor tiles and other excavated objects.

Helping you to enjoy your visit

To get more from your visit Audio Guides are available from the reception. The Audio Guide will talk you around the Museum and Garden explaining many of the objects on view, together with their history. Printed guides are available in many languages to assist our overseas visitors.

For young visitors we offer a child friendly version of the audio guide, plus quizzes and hands-on games and activities to keep them busy around the Abbey and the Garden.

The Museum Shop


The Museum Shop offers a wide range of local produce, crafts, gifts and toys plus relevant books for adults and children. Herbs and ornamental plants are for sale in the spring and summer. We sell Purbeck ice creams. You are welcome to browse in the shop.


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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden
Park Walk,

Tel: 01747 852910


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