Whilst we were on our holiday in Shaftesbury this summer, we visited Gold Hill. If you’re not sure what Gold Hill is, then maybe if I call it the Hovis Bread Advert hill it may mean more to you?!


The cottage we were staying in, Pump Cottage was situated at the bottom of this hill, about 2 minute walk away, so nice a close for a little wander to.

The Hovis bread advert was film in 1973 and featured a boy pushing his bike up Gold Hill, and then letting his bike take him flying down the cobbled hill! Now I have walked that hill, it was very brave of him as it is very steep!


My Mum and Dad had come to meet us for the day, so we headed up the hill to look for an ice cream shop! However we got a little distracted when we got to the top. What a view, looking out over the top of the roofs out into the fields.


Trust it to be me shutting my eyes for the camera!!


Once you got to the top of the Gold Hill, there was a nice pub/coffee shop at the top. With seating outside you could sit and take in the view. However it was very busy so we didn’t get a table.


Then we spotted the Gold Hill Museum, it was free to enter and looked quite small. So we thought we would pop in and have a look around. Wow, it was filled with so much to see, the children really enjoyed looking at all the old items, and asking us what they were used for. They were so intrigued by the typewriter, and how that one worked. Asking where the ‘delete’ button was when they made a mistake!


The rooms kept on going, and more and more of them. They have put some really interesting information about Gold Hill in, fascinating reading about all the shops and people who use to live on Gold Hill. What went on at Gold Hill and how it has changed over the years. My little history buff Tyler loved it, and he was old enough to go around reading all about it.


It was worth a visit into, and when you leave you can add a donation into the pot, which of course we did as it was very well done.


If you are in Shaftesbury, make sure you do pop around to have a look at Gold Hill, it is still like stepping back in time.

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  1. Oh wow! That view!! It’s amazing! I really can’t imagine going down that hill on a bike without a safety cushion or something to crash into!! The museum is a great find too, I love places like that, they just keep going and going! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather πŸ™‚ xx

  2. I remember that advert so well, with the music as well! Looks like a great place to explore, though bet it’s hard work getting the top-just as well the view makes it all worthwhile!

  3. I hardly ever watched TV when I was a kid, but I still remember that ad. How is that possible??? There must have been something magical in the combination of that street and Dvorak’s magnificent 9th Symphony.

    Beautiful place – thanks!

  4. Showing my age here, but I remember that advert from when I was a kid.I always wanted to try Hovis bread growing up but we were a cheap white family.Those are really spectacular views.

  5. Oh what a view!! It is breathtaking. It always fascinates me how they build on such steep hills. I imagine the inhabitants must feel sea sick all the time πŸ˜‰ #whatevertheweather

  6. I remember that advert – the hill looks so steep, I can’t imagine trying to ride a bike down it! The view from the top is gorgeous and the museum sounds like such an interesting place too πŸ™‚ #countrykids

  7. Such a beautiful location and looks like you found a right little treasure trove in that museum, what a stroke of luck that was?! Totally my kind of place too! xx

  8. I love little gems like this, especially with the history! I think everyones seen the advert, but you don’t realise just how steep it is either, brave boy indeed! Bet the kids loved the typewriter, must be like a whole different world for their generation! x

  9. Oh my goodness, the views are amazing! Wow Hovis Hill eh, I can imagine the advert πŸ™‚ I love your girls being fascinated by the typewriter – where’s the delete button LOL! πŸ˜€ xx

  10. Wow this place is amazing! I love the whole place. Like you guys went back in time! And you look like you are smiling in yourfam photo so it looks okay =)

    That typewriter reminded me of those white inks too to erase mistakes. I am so aching to have one now.


  11. I remember the Hovis ad like it was yesterday! In fact my children did a great reenactment of it for one of their school plays, how I’d love to take them here and show them the hill and the museum. It looks just the same as the advert of years ago, places preserved in time like this are an asset to our heritage. Looks like a lovely visit and I’m definitely putting it on my to do list.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  12. Wow, what a beautiful place. The scenery is amazing. That hill looks rather steep so well done on getting to the top! Sometimes the small museums are the best and they have a lot crammed into them.


  13. I cannot believe that advert was made in 1973, I remember it so well! But then I also remember learning to type at school – on a typewriter – so maybe I’m just getting old…. #countrykids

  14. Dean of Little Steps Reply

    Wow, this village looks like you’ve stepped back in time. Reminds me a bit of Covelly! Love your photos, especially of the houses. Looks like you guys enjoyed having a poke around πŸ™‚ #countrykids

  15. I now have the Hovis ad music in my head, thanks! Looks an amazing place to visit, bet walking up and down a few times would be a killer for fitness as well πŸ™‚

  16. We used to have friends that lived at the bottom of the hill. I don’t think we ever made it to the top. Quite temtped to visit the museum next time. It really is a fabulous looking street. I can’t imagine doing it on a bike. #CountryKids

  17. This looks like a lovely area and yes the boy was very brave whizzing down that hill. The museum looks full of cool old artefacts and the kids look so engaged. Lovely photos too.
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