Shenley. . .a special place to be
You’ll love Shenley. . .for all the right reasons
Houses and Homes
There’s a rich and diverse choice of high quality homes of all sizes and ages suitable for first time buyers, young professionals, growing families and those looking to retire in quiet, peaceful surroundings. Plus, there are several residential and nursing homes. To search for your ideal home in Shenley, click here.
Road, Rail and Bus Links
Easy access to Thameslink stations at Radlett and Elstree & Borehamwood - Kings Cross (25mins) Moorgate (35mins). Regular and expanding bus services locally. Just minutes away from the M25 (Jnct 22), the A1(M) at South Mimms, and the A1/A41 trunk road to London. Live in the country, work in town.
Schools and Education
In the village is Shenley Primary School and Clore Shalom a Jewish primary school. There are two nurseries, the Jigsaw Montessori and a purpose built Leapfrog Nursery. Plus there are playgroups at the Village Hall and Tots & Toddlers at the Old Chapel.
The area is well served with State, Grammar and Independent, middle and
secondary schools within easy reach.
- Ridge Hill, Shenley - Manor Lodge School
- Borehamwood - Hertswood School
- Elstree - Haberdashers’ Aske’ Boys School and Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls
- St.Albans - St. Albans School (Boys) and St. Albans High School for Girls
- Watford - Watford Boys and Girls Grammar Schools.
- Further education at Oaklands College and the University of Hertfordshire.
Shops & Shopping Centres
Shops in every direction! With large shopping centres at the Harlequin Watford, St. Albans, Barnet and Brent Cross. And just five minutes away at Colney Fields Shopping Park there are Sainsbury’s & Marks & Spencer superstores, plus Next, Boots, Borders with Starbucks, Accessorize, Monsoon and Sports World.
Local Facilities & Services
In the village itself there’s a pharmacy, garden centre, Tesco Express with cash dispenser and Post Office plus an abundance of local shops, supermarkets, banks, restaurants and take-aways in nearby Radlett, Potters Bar and Borehamwood. There is even a convenient re-cycling collection point in the village. Shenley is within Hertsmere Borough Council for local services and administration and regionally within Herts County Council.
Food and Drink
Three traditional village pubs:Queen Adelaide; King William IV and White Horse each with a character, brew and menu to suit all tastes. . . from bar snacks to Š la carte and most with family friendly areas and gardens, some with entertainment, from vintage car rallies to dancing Morrismen. The Black Lion Bismati serves Indian cuisine and retains a bar, plus there’s the essential local fish and chip take-away.
History, Spirit and Soul
A long and fascinating history giving the village character, charm, a sense of heritage and belonging. A real community with spirit, warmth and friendly co-operation. If you’d like to read up on Shenley contact the Shenley Village Society or visit the Shenley Village website.
Religious & Spiritual
Three flourishing churches, Anglican at St. Martin’s,
Shenley Methodist Chapel and Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, are central to the history of the village and more recently established is the
Shenley United Jewish Community. In nearby Radlett is the
Radlett & Bushey Reform Synagogue.
Views and Vista
Shenley’s unique, elevated position high on the edge of Shenley Ridge yields magnificent, panoramic views over Hertfordshire countryside. . . and with no risk of flooding! To really appreciate the views and the surrounding scenery there is no better way than to join one of the famous Shenley Walks, organized by an enthusiastic local resident.
Parks and Parkland
Shenley is endowed with 50 acres of managed parkland and surrounded by green belt countryside beyond that. True rural magic - for walkers, joggers, ramblers and toddlers - with swing parks, loop walks, tea pavilion, a walled garden and its own famous apple orchard with over 100 varieties of apple. Click here for more about the Shenley Park Trust which manages the park. Plus, Shenley has its own community playing fields and generous open space in the centre of the old village, just off Harris Lane. Every summer this plays host to the traditional village fete.
Social and Cultural
Regular art and craft events, concerts and theatrical extravaganzas are staged in the ancient Shenley walled garden amphitheatre. There are organised walks, Apple Day in October, special picking and pruning days in the Orchard, Best Village Competition, Shenley Carnival and Fete Day. Plus lots more to characterize village life.
A wide choice of local clubs, societies and interest groups for all ages from Brownies to the WI, horticultural to historical. The Village Hall and the Old Chapel play host to all kinds of local groups and special events from toddler groups to line dancing and youth activities.
Sports and Leisure
Shenley is famous too for cricket, with its own Centre of Excellence, Shenley Cricket Centre and Shenley Village Cricket Club. There’s horse-riding, football and tennis (three new courts just for residents) and only minutes away, three modern sport and leisure centres with swimming, fitness gyms, gymnastics, trampolining, squash, badminton. . . you name it, you can play it. Visit Hertsmere Leisure.
Health and Fitness
There is a purpose-built doctor’s surgery - Gateways and a dental surgery at the Gingerbread House Centre for Health. Plus there’s physiotherapy, chiropody, osteopathy, acupuncture, slimming and fitness classes and personal training. . . all on your doorstep.
View Some Paintings of Shenley Village Scenes by Local ArtistShenley Village Scenes by Local Artist