Information for Coach Drivers

SHAFTESBURY PROVIDES FREE COACH PARKING DURING TIC OPENING HOURS plus driver refreshments      (Courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Association and the TIC)

To get your free parking please come into the Tourist Information Centre (during opening hours) and we will give you a pass valid for 2 hours and a voucher for your driver refreshments. Your clients are made very welcome in the TIC and get a free map of the town.  Self-guided tour leaflets are available for only 20p.

TIC Address: 8 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8AE
TIC Telephone: 01747 853514
TIC Email:

SET DOWN POINT: Bell Street Car Park
Please do not attempt to drive down Bell Street as this is too narrow for coaches – please use Bleke Street.

COACH PARK ADDRESS: Bell Street Car Park 2 Spaces.
Refreshments nearby (see map for details)

ROUTES4COACHES: Enter Bleke Street from Ivy Cross roundabout
at junction of A350 & A30 NE of Shaftesbury.  Continue straight,
entering car park on left from Bleke Street.

HOURS plus free voucher for coffee and cake from TIC.  Other times: £3 for 2 hrs, £6 for 4hrs.

MARKET DETAILS: Market Day every Thursday.  Farmers Market first Saturday of the month.  Antiques & Flea Market every Tuesday.


SHOPPING HIGHLIGHTS: Shaftesbury has a wide selection of quality cafes, pubs and restaurants and proudly boasts a High Street filled with independent shops offering everything you need from gifts to clothes, home furnishings to local produce.

POINTS OF INTEREST: Gold Hill, made famous by the Hovis advert, is an iconic image of England with magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale.  The Saxon roots can be uncovered at Shaftesbury Abbey, founded by King Alfred, and the Gold Hill Museum. Wardour Castle is a few miles to the east.

NOTES: COACH FRIENDLY TOWN OF THE YEAR 2011 and also Finalist in 2012.  At over 750 feet, it is the second highest market town in the country with sweeping views in all directions.  It is called ‘Shaston’ in Thomas Hardy novels.

To find the route to our Coach Park please move cursor over the signpost for where you are arriving from

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