Shaftesbury travel guide

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You're Going to Love Shaftesbury

With a population of 6.813, Shaftesbury is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. Consider staying at least one whole day in Shaftesbury to see all of its attractions.

When to visit Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury in October
Estimated hotel price
£73
1 night at 3-star hotel
Shaftesbury in October
Estimated hotel price
£73
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Shaftesbury

Plane

Although Shaftesbury doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Bristol Airport (BRS), which is located 56 km from Shaftesbury. Bristol Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from easyJet, American Airlines, Royal Air Maroc and other airlines departing from the United Kingdom. The shortest domestic flight to Shaftesbury departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Shaftesbury, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Shaftesbury to Oxford takes 1h 10m and costs around £20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about £24 for a 1h 34m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Shaftesbury is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 154 km from Shaftesbury. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Shaftesbury, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus. From Peterborough, the bus ride to Shaftesbury takes 177 km and will cost you around £6. From Bristol, the ticket costs about £3 for a journey of 209 km.

Plane

Although Shaftesbury doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Bristol Airport (BRS), which is located 56 km from Shaftesbury. Bristol Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from easyJet, American Airlines, Royal Air Maroc and other airlines departing from the United Kingdom. The shortest domestic flight to Shaftesbury departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Shaftesbury, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Shaftesbury to Oxford takes 1h 10m and costs around £20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about £24 for a 1h 34m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Shaftesbury is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 154 km from Shaftesbury. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Shaftesbury, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus. From Peterborough, the bus ride to Shaftesbury takes 177 km and will cost you around £6. From Bristol, the ticket costs about £3 for a journey of 209 km.

Airports near Shaftesbury

Airlines serving Shaftesbury

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (945 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,560 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,612 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,293 reviews)
Air France
Good (981 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (487 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,596 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,950 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,122 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,894 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (868 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (924 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,180 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (820 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,687 reviews)
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Where to stay in Shaftesbury

Average rates range from around £102 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £77 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Shaftesbury

Most booked hotels in Shaftesbury

Wedgewood Annexe - All the comforts of home
0 stars
Excellent (9.4, Excellent reviews)
£102+
La Fleur De Lys
3 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£106+
The Grosvenor Arms
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£113+
Holbrook Bed and Breakfast
3 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£94+
King John Inn
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£94+
The Grove Arms
4 stars
Poor (0, Poor reviews)
£101+

Hiring a car in Shaftesbury

Expect to pay £1.48 per litre in Shaftesbury (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.65 and £23.53. Mini (Kia Picanto or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Shaftesbury, while also 63% cheaper than other types, on average.

Expect to pay £1.48 per litre in Shaftesbury (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.65 and £23.53. Mini (Kia Picanto or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Shaftesbury, while also 63% cheaper than other types, on average.