Gillingham is a town that lies on the B3081 and B3095 roads in the North Dorset administrative district, it is about 8.0 km (5 miles) northwest of Shaftesbury and 6.4 km (4 miles) south of the A303 trunk road. A civil parish in the Blackmore Vale region of Dorset, England and the most northerly town in the county with a population of 11,756 as shown by the 2011 census.
The neighbouring smaller villages of Wyke, Bay and Peacemarsh have all become part of Gillingham due to expansion. It's divided into four (4) electoral wards Milton, Wyke, Lodbourne and Gillingham Town. Gillingham boasts of good transport links, being about 4 miles south of the A303 which is the road from London to the South West. Gillingham Town also, has a railway station which is on the Exeter to London railway line, 70 shops, two commercial estates, 7 primary schools and a secondary school.