Have you seen The Holiday? Surely you have. It is one of my favourite Christmas movies, definitely up there with my top 5. If you want Christmas movie inspo check out my top 10 Christmas films over here. Last year Liam and I went and visited the UK locations that The Holiday was filmed. Think about Cameron Diaz scooting down the quaint village lanes in her red Mini, being dropped off outside the church because the taxi can’t get down the skinny lane, Jude Law sitting in the pub with his friends glancing over at Cameron and then Cameron running over the snow covered bridge to tell Jude that she loves him. Well, we found all of those spots and I am here to share them with you. Tell you where to park, where to eat and where to get those all important Insta shots ? If you are going soon in the peak season of festivity I would suggest going for your excursion during the weekdays. (Sorry in advance for the low quality imagery. I can’t find any of the photos on my computer so these are screen grabs from my Instagram Story Highlights). If you click on the link below each section it will take you to where the location is on Google Maps.
WHERE TO PARK
You can park in the open air car park for free (it was free Dec 2018, can’t say for certain right now) and it is the perfect spot to start your Holiday tour.
Shere Car Park, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HF
After parking your car you can walk straight down the high street admiring the quaint shops. We went at the beginning of December during the week and although it wasn’t super busy, it wasn’t quiet and you can definitely spot the difference between the locals as the Holiday tourists like myself. Allow yourself for some time to mooch about the shops because there are so many lovely ones.
Middle St, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HF
Do you remember when Cameron Diaz got dropped off outside a church in the snow with all her luggage because the taxi driver said he couldn’t get down the lane to Rose Cottage, well this is the exact spot.
St James’s Church, The Square, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HG
The most popular table is of course the table that Jude Law sits at as he spots Cameron Diaz sitting over at the other side of the pub. We somehow managed to steal the exact table and there were plenty of people that walked in as we were eating that evil eyed us as they wanted the table too whoopsy. As you walk in through the front door it is the table directly on your left up the step (Table 8). If I were to go again though I would sit further into the nook and sit beside the fire as that’s far cosier. It’s a lovely pub, the staff were very friendly and the food was pretty good too…highly recommend their G&T in what looks like a fish bowl in my picture. Oh also, they allow dogs in here, yay…how gorgeous does my baby Coco look below.
White Horse, Shere Lane, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HS
Ok, this one was tricky to find and we sadly got there as it was getting dark so our pictures were sooo bad and grainy. It’s definitely worth popping on down for a lovely walk, especially if you have a dog as you can go for a longer walk when you pass the bridge. It is so pretty in this area so make sure you take lots of photos and go on a day where the weather isn’t too dull.
Let me know if you go and tag me on Instagram @megantaylortaylor . Are there any spots that you know of? I believe there is even more to see in Godalming and Wonersh.