The town of Blandford is a blissfully sleepy market town set in the glorious countryside of Dorset. Although there is little of real value to the tourist in the town itself, Blandford makes a great base for exploration of the area, from Salisbury to Poole Harbour and from the Jarassic Coast to the quaint villages of the Tarrant Valley.
Blandford is situated between Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs, at the south eastern corner of the Blackmore Vale, 24 km (15 miles) northwest of Poole and 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Salisbury. Blandford Camp military base is nearby. The town lies at the junction of the A350 and A354 main roads but is skirted by an eastern bypass.
Shopping & Places of interest
Blandford has a blend of small unique shops as well as well known chain stores. The town also has a number of banks, none of which open on Saturday. Very few shops open Sundays. For a town of Blandford’s size there are a surprising number of barbers, owing to the nearby military base. There are also large number of cafs, pubs and bars within walking distance of the town centre.
There are two hotels and several bed and breakfast establishments.
The Crown is the largest hotel in the town, located in the town centre next to the river Stour. An old Georgian Coaching House with an interesting history, the Crown was originally an old galleried inn, but burnt down in the fire of 1731. The subsequent Georgian building was damaged by fire in 1937 requiring further rebuilding.