The George Inn is located in the centre of Mere, an idyllic market town perfectly positioned beneath the South Wiltshire Downs. There are a multitude of things to do in the town centre, including a visit to the local Mere Museum.
Mere is situated just two minutes’ drive of the A303, and borders Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Popular with Nordic walkers, ramblers, cyclists and dog-walkers alike, the surrounding picturesque countryside offers an array of walking and cycling routes close by. Our lovely pub is also ideally situated in close proximity to local attractions. If you fancy venturing outside of Mere during your visit, there are plenty of activities in driving distance. Longleat Safari Park, Stourhead National Trust and the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery are popular favourites.
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is located 11.3 miles from the George Inn. It is home to the UK’s original (first drive-through) Safari Park. The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House an English stately home which is open to the public and is the residential home of the 7th Marquess of Bath. There is an abundance of activity for the whole family to enjoy, including a Jungle Kingdom, Longleat Railway and Adventure Zone.Learn more
Stourhead National Trust is situated just 2.9 miles from the George Inn. This breath-taking estate comprises a spectacular 18th century landscaped garden with lakeside walks, grottoes and classical temples. Furthermore, Stourhead House, a Palladian mansion with a fantastic regency library and beautiful art collection, is also open to the public for their enjoyment. If you’re an avid walker, why not take the circular walk to King Alfred's Tower, an amazing red-brick folly that provides stunning vistas over Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.Learn More
Whitesheet Hill provides panoramic views over the Stourhead National Trust estate and surrounding countryside. It is a rich habitat for many species of wildlife and a perfect example of unimproved pasture. Owned by the National Trust, it is of considerable archaeological interest. With a Neolithic enclosure dating from around 3000 BC, a circular earthwork, Bronze Age barrows and an Iron Age hill fort to the south, there is plenty to explore.Learn More
Situated opposite the George Inn, in the market town centre of Mere, you will find Walton House Antiques. This enthralling business is the result of a dynamic collaboration between a number of established Antique Dealers, each with a wealth of experience in their respective fields. The 2,500 sq. foot showroom offers the discerning buyer an extensive range of fine quality antique furniture, clocks, silver, glass and works of art. Their emphasis is on fine quality antique furniture at prices that are both realistic and affordable. They also sell Fine Art, Silver, Porcelain and Glass.Learn More
Mere Down Falconry is a private centre, open to visitors on a pre-booked experience basis only. This captivating centre is home to many wonderful birds including a Yellow Billed Kite, African Spotted Owl and a Turkey Vulture. Located 0.8 miles from The George Inn on a working farm, the centre has over 800 acres of land for its birds to fly on. The centre offers its guests the opportunity to experience one-to-one hands on experience with its birds.Learn More
Situated 0.9 miles from the George Inn, is the Visit Hillbrush museum; a celebration of the rich 95-year history of the Coward family brushware and hygienic cleaning tools business. Hillbrush has been manufacturing cleaning equipment in Mere since 1922, and is now run by the third and fourth generation Cowards. Visit Hillbrush offers a thought-provoking, educational and interactive museum for adults and children alike.
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Situated 160 yds. from the George Inn is Mere Museum. Founded in 1970, it is home to a local history collection with a good photographic archive. It now proudly boasts well over 7,000 items, all available for visitors to spectate. Displays are changed every few months and six volumes of copies of old local photographs are available for public viewing. Copies of all photographs can also be supplied. A detailed pictorial map of Mere is on permanent display in the museum and small copies are on sale to the public.Learn More
The Haynes International Motor Museum, located 15.9 miles from the George Inn, houses one of the UK's largest collections of great motor cars from around the world. With over 400 remarkable cars and bikes on show, the collection begins at the dawn of motoring in the late 1800s through to nostalgic classics of the 1950s and 1960s, including glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to world renowned super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.Learn More
Wherever you’re enjoying a tasty Badger beer, it’s always special. But there’s something even more wonderful about having one at the home of Badger beers – the independent, family-owned Hall & Woodhouse brewery in Dorset. Located 20.9 miles from the George Inn, why not enjoy the aroma of the hops first hand. Taste the malts, experience the unique inner-workings and hear first-hand about the craft, expertise and legendary stories behind the characterful beers during a Brewery tour.Learn More