Gold Hill
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  • June A
    Surrey, United Kingdom2,697 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can't come to Shaftesbury and not visit
    You can't come to Shaftesbury and not visit Gold Hill - site of the famous Hovis ad. A golden loaf stands at the top with the famous houses flanking both sides. Yes its a bit steep, and yes, you do need good shoes - especially if its wet but it's gorgeous - the free museum at the top is well worth a visit too.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Flackadder
    Cirencester, United Kingdom360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hill
    First thing first. This is a hill made famous by a TV advert and a couple of movies. The hill is quite steep and maybe not as long as you may expect. The view from the top is really great and the cafe was good for breakfast. For what it is……a hill, it cannot be faulted.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2024
  • WWTravellerKent
    217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit
    This ancient, steep cobbled hill, made famous by the 1970s Hovis advert, is a must see if you are in Shaftesbury, less so the large plastic loaf at the top of the hill but it serves a "charity donation" purpose. The view looking down from the top, besides looking like it appears on the cover of books, in films, on calendars and boxes, etc, gives a view not only of the street down the hill, but the beautiful Dorset countryside beyond. At the top is the 14th Century Peters Church and the Gold Hill Museum, whilst a walk down the 180-metre hill lets you see close up the ancient wall of the long-gone Shaftesbury Abbey on one side and the various privately owned dwellings, including a thatched cottage, on the other. A couple of things to note: It is not easy access for those with limited mobility. There is an easier way back up to the top: turn right at the bottom, along to the children playground (across from the Ye Olde Two Brewers public house) and follow the zigzag path and steps to the top!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2024
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WWTravellerKent
Medway217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This ancient, steep cobbled hill, made famous by the 1970s Hovis advert, is a must see if you are in Shaftesbury, less so the large plastic loaf at the top of the hill but it serves a "charity donation" purpose.

The view looking down from the top, besides looking like it appears on the cover of books, in films, on calendars and boxes, etc, gives a view not only of the street down the hill, but the beautiful Dorset countryside beyond.

At the top is the 14th Century Peters Church and the Gold Hill Museum, whilst a walk down the 180-metre hill lets you see close up the ancient wall of the long-gone Shaftesbury Abbey on one side and the various privately owned dwellings, including a thatched cottage, on the other.

A couple of things to note:

It is not easy access for those with limited mobility.

There is an easier way back up to the top: turn right at the bottom, along to the children playground (across from the Ye Olde Two Brewers public house) and follow the zigzag path and steps to the top!
Written 22 March 2024
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Flackadder
Cirencester, UK360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
First thing first. This is a hill made famous by a TV advert and a couple of movies.

The hill is quite steep and maybe not as long as you may expect. The view from the top is really great and the cafe was good for breakfast.

For what it is……a hill, it cannot be faulted.
Written 2 February 2024
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Lavinia L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Looks even better than in the Photos..Easier going down than up..But worth the effort.. At the top of the hill is a wonderful Cafe..Not expensive and good choice Menu..
Written 19 January 2024
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Edwin F
Calgary, Canada1,779 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
You must visit Gold Hill to get your pictures. It was raining when we visited but we still managed to get a few photos.
Written 29 December 2023
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P6078ELianw
Carisbrooke, UK56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This is an iconic photo opportunity, some of us still remember the original advert and therefore we had to have the photo.
Written 30 October 2023
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June A
Surrey, UK2,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
You can't come to Shaftesbury and not visit Gold Hill - site of the famous Hovis ad. A golden loaf stands at the top with the famous houses flanking both sides. Yes its a bit steep, and yes, you do need good shoes - especially if its wet but it's gorgeous - the free museum at the top is well worth a visit too.
Written 30 September 2023
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Mindy E
World6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The view from the top of Gold Hill was just like the advert, except you don't appreciate how steep it is, as i am unable to walk down and then back up. Visited Shaftesbury for the 1st time and it was a lovely warm day after all the rain.
Written 8 August 2023
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ccross2017
Dorset, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
An iconic view! Pretty steep, but beautiful. There's a lovely cafe at the top where we ate brunch. Not much to do once you've admired the view!
Written 9 July 2023
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Cobwebs C
Merthyr Tydfil, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
What a lovely town Shaftesbury is. The Golden Hill was a must visit. We did stop off at Frome on the way again a lovely market town.

I would recommend the Ye Olde Two Brewers public house at the bottom of the Golden Hill. The food there was delicious.

The King's Arms public house has been closed down.

We were staying at the La Fleur de Lys B&B, which was well worth the cost.

The town seemed a little quiet for a Saturday night, to be honest with only the Mitre public house, which seems to be full of patrons.
Written 25 May 2023
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Julie H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Beautiful views. We admired them as we enjoyed lunch at the Salt Cellars. Sadly we didn't have much time in Shaftesbury, but really hope to have a chance to revisit soon
Written 25 April 2023
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