Nestled in the heart of Surrey, England on the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the picturesque village of Shere has captured travellers’ hearts and served as the real-life setting for a beloved movie ‘The Holiday.’
Known for its idyllic landscapes, charming architecture, and rich history, Shere offers a captivating retreat from bustling urban life. With its quintessential English charm, this village has become a favourite destination for locals and tourists seeking a tranquil escape.
Fans of the movie ‘The Holiday’ can experience a real touch of magic in Shere as they explore the village’s cobblestone streets and thatch-roofed cottages like the characters played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.
While Rosehill Cottage wasn’t an actual place in Shere and was fictional, the exterior shots were filmed in the village, making it an integral part of the movie’s charm.
Shere has actually made appearances in more movies and TV shows than just “The Holiday.” You might recognize it from “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” too. These awesome appearances have played a big role in making the village even more popular among tourists. Cool, right?
As you step into Shere, you’ll be transported to a world of timeless beauty and tranquillity. Cobblestone streets wind through the village, flanked by centuries-old timber-framed cottages adorned with cascading ivy.
The architecture is a testament to the village’s rich history, which dates back to medieval times. St. James’ Church’s stunning medieval architecture is a silent sentinel to the past.
One of Shere’s most famous attractions is the 15th-century Shere Mill Pond. The mill might be gone, but the pond remains, reflecting the village’s charm like a mirror. The pond area is perfect for a stroll or a peaceful picnic.
Shere offers plenty of activities that cater to various interests. For history enthusiasts, the Shere Museum is a treasure trove of artefacts that narrate the village’s story. From the days of the ancient Romans to the medieval era, the museum presents a comprehensive timeline of Shere’s evolution.
The village also provides visitors with picturesque buildings, a meandering stream graced by ducks, a cozy tearoom called The Dabbling Duck (stop here for a delicious cake) and two inviting pubs: The White Horse and The William Bray, offering a taste of locally sourced ingredients and classic British fare.
Nature lovers will relish the surrounding landscapes. A short walk outside the village will lead you to the serene Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With its rolling hills, lush forests, and meandering trails, this area offers a haven for hikers, cyclists, and anyone seeking a connection with nature.
How to get there?
Reaching Shere is relatively straightforward, thanks to its strategic location within Surrey. Here are some of the best ways to get there:
If you’re travelling from London, the drive offers scenic views of the English countryside and is approximately an hour’s journey. There is free car parking nearby. You can use the postcode to GU5 9JF to find it on your sat nav. If you need to rent a car, you can check the prices here.
For those preferring public transportation, take a 45 minutes train ride from London Waterloo to Guildford. From Guildford, you can take a 15-20 minutes bus ride or a taxi to Shere. Check the timetable and buy your ticket at the Trainline website.
Buses connect Shere to Guildford and other nearby towns. Check local bus schedules at the Trainline for the most convenient options.
Shere, with its enchanting beauty, historical significance, and proximity to nature, is a haven for those seeking an escape from the everyday. Whether you’re interested in exploring medieval architecture, immersing yourself in nature’s embrace, or reliving the charm of “The Holiday,” this village has something to offer for every traveller.
So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to Shere, where time seems to stand still amidst the timeless charm of an English countryside escape, just like in the movies.