Destination guide

The friendly city of Shaftesbury awaits you

The area's festivals and culture are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Shaftesbury. This welcoming and relaxing city entices travelers with its bars and coffeehouses. Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in Shaftesbury

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Shaftesbury has to offer. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Ashley Wood Golf Club (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
  • Center Parcs Longleat Forest (12.8 mi / 20.6 km)
  • Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (13.8 mi / 22.2 km)
  • Wimborne Model Town (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)
  • Royal Bath and West Showground (18.3 mi / 29.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Shaftesbury

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Shaftesbury is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Center Parcs Longleat Forest (12.8 mi / 20.6 km)
  • Edmondsham House and Gardens (13.5 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Priest's House Museum and Garden (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)
  • Cathedral Close (17.1 mi / 27.5 km)
  • Knoll Gardens (18.1 mi / 29.2 km)

Traveling to and around Shaftesbury

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 21.7 mi (35 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Bristol (BRS-Bristol Intl.), which is 34.8 mi (56.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Shaftesbury?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 191 vacation rentals near Shaftesbury. From 53 Houses to 104 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Shaftesbury for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Can I rent Houses in Shaftesbury?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 53 Houses in Shaftesbury. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Shaftesbury include:

  • Bungalows: 104 rentals available
  • Cabins: 104 rentals available
  • Cottages: 104 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Shaftesbury?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Shaftesbury. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.