Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. You know the one, from that Hovis advert! Well ok, I actually didn’t know about it before Jona surprised me with a visit to it a few weeks ago. The Hovis ad that made this unsuspecting cobbled street famous aired in 1973 and was directed by Ridley Scott.
Isn’t it just gorgeous? It is properly ‘chocolate-box’ beautiful – so quaint and idyllic.
The street is tucked away inconspicuously down a back road away from the main part of town, so it is fairly easy to find parking nearby on the residential streets and take a short stroll to the bottom of the hill.
If you’ve got a bit more time, and visit within peak season, you can visit the nearby Shaftesbury Abbey. Unfortunately the abbey was closed to the public when we visited in March, but it looked pretty from what we were able to glimpse! Situated right on the edge of a hill that overlooks the Shaftesbury area, the location is lovely and would be great to bring a picnic along.
I, as I always do when I find a lovely residential area, began to pick out my dream homes. I particularly loved this one with its hot pink door. Yes, it genuinely is that pink.
This one is a little less conspicuous, but still absolutely adorable. I think this is the colour I would paint our front door if it wasn’t pvc!
How’s this little shop for fairytale-esque design? The shutters remind me of Alice in Wonderland, with the little clubs.
We’d definitely recommend spending a morning or an afternoon here exploring the old cobbled streets and gazing wistfully into the little shuttered windows.
Have you been to Gold Hill, or would recommend anywhere similar in the UK?
You can explore a little of Gold Hill in our vlog from our day at Cheddar Gorge and Gold Hill below. If you like the look of Cheddar Gorge, you can read our blog post here too!