Shere – A quintessential English village nestled in the Surrey Hills filled with stunning scenery, charming buildings and a wealth of tradition. So if you are visiting London and looking to get a taste of the English countryside visit Shere – English Village near London.
“Welcome to Shere”
How to get to Shere from London
Located between the towns of Guildford and Dorking, Shere is a short train journey from Central London. Its is the perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and to experience the English countryside.
Shere is easily accessible by road via the A3 and M25 which connects it to Central London. Getting to Shere by train, it can be reached in as little as 35 minutes from London ( the main station is Guilford).
About Shere – The Village
The village has a wealth of tradition and a small population of just over a thousand souls. Majority of the residents reside in a cluster of centuries old timber framed houses. The village offers its visitors a tearoom rewarded for being the most popular one in Surrey, a local art gallery and its very own museum.
Surrounded by stunning scenery and a little stream running through the middle of the village makes it picture perfect. On a bright summer’s day you can spot some ducks and it is the perfect day out.
St James Church – Shere
Standing tall in the centre of the village is the St James Church. A place of worship since 1190 and has a beautiful cobbled lane that leads you to it. It is the perfect location for a local wedding and we were lucky enough to witness this in all its glory.
There is a small bridge which runs across the River and the Old wooden Fire Station that dates back to 1885. All these add to the beauty of Shere.
Sadly the fire brigade was converted to public toilets.
Where to eat in Shere
There are two famous pubs in the village that have loads of history attached to them. The White Horse and The William Bray both dating back to the late 18th century and are named after a local solicitor and antiquary.
The Bray family have had a long history with this village, having been Lords of the Manor of Shere since 1485.
Famous Pub of Surrey – William Bray Pub
The William Bray Pub is said to have celebrity connections starting with its owner, the ex Formula One driver Julian Bailey. There are some rumours that the pub has some very famous patrons that include Jenson Button and George Clooney!
Not sure if they have been spotted here ever but you may try your luck.
Enjoy a traditional English meal at the William Bray Pub and if you have the sun – A Gin and Tonic should be be perfect.
The award winning cafe nestled in the centre of the village is a great place to have a meal or an afternoon tea. its is open 7 days a week and serves some great food and cakes. You can enjoy the treats either inside the café or in the patio garden.
Would recommend the tea service in the garden on a perfect summer’s day. You will be assured of a warm welcome by the friendly staff.
Popular Film Location in Surrey
With history going back to the Domesday Book, Shere is a very picturesque location.
Shere is a popular location for film shoots. Some of the popular movies that have been shot here are : The Earth Dies Screaming, The Ruling Class starring Peter O’Toole, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – St James’s church features briefly in the wedding scene at the end, The Bray Family, The Wedding Date.
One of my favourite movies was also shot here in Shere – The Holiday starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.
It is the picturesque, tranquil countryside and the simplicity of the village that attracts so many visitors to Shere every year.
Shere is very popular with visitors during the summer months where you can take some great walks into the Surrey Hills.
Overall a great place to visit and soak in the English country life if you have had your overdose of London.
For me it was a great place to spend a sunny afternoon with the entire family.
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