Welcome to Gold Hill Museum Website

Shaftesbury’s local history museum with a cottage garden and wonderful views. Collections include ancient and Roman archaeology, Saxon roots, agricultural and market heritage, local traditions, domestic life, cottage industries, politics ….

Nestled in a traditional sandstone cottage at the top of the famous Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, is this gem of a museum of local history.

Gold Hill Museum is housed in two historic buildings, themselves a feature of the collection. You’ll see a squint into the adjacent St. Peter’s Church in the medieval Priest’s House. A blocked entry from the 1700s cottage into a cellar under the old church is adorned with a mural depicting the beer kegs it once held.The cottage once functioned as a doss house for the important weekly market held outside on Gold Hill.

This is our brand new site

We are in a testing (beta) stage. If you find any errors please let us know. Email rob@orionit.ltd.uk with any comments.

Open Daily

from 28th March to 31st October

10.30 to 4.30

Admission free

(donations very welcome)


Shaftesbury and the Great War

Community Project at Gold Hill Museum

Can you tell us your family stories about life during the First World War?


Heritage Lottery Fund
Museum Libraries Archives

Tel: 01747 852157

Email: enquiries@goldhillmuseum.org.uk

Registered Charity Number: 1156273