Upper and Lower Brailes

  • Brailes
  • Brailes Church

Brailes is a civil parish about 3 miles east of Shipston on Stour in the southern tip of Warwickshire. It includes the two villages of Lower and Upper Brailes but is often referred to as one village as the two adjoin each other.

Transport links

Located in the upper north east corner of the Cotswolds, Brailes is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is just a 5 minute drive to the nearby market town of Shipston on Stour with its many amenities and a twenty minute drive to the larger centre of Banbury.

Banbury train station is a 25 minute drive away, connecting you to Birmingham and London on the Chiltern Line.

The Shipston Link bus service links Brailes with Banbury and Shipston and surrounding villages.


The two villages are served well by a range of local businesses and shops including butchers, a newsagent, a bakery and deli, a hair salon and a post office stores. There are two pubs, the Gate Inn and The George which are popular with residents and visitors.

Brailes Village Hall is used for many community group gatherings and is also available for hire. Adjacent to this is the Sports Pavilion which can also be hired for parties and celebrations. The sports field can be used as a football pitch.

What’s there to see and do?

St George’s in Brailes is one of Warwickshire’s finest churches with services held every Sunday. SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church is located in the upper storey of a medieval malt barn attached to the Old Rectory Farm. It is one of the oldest post-Reformation public Catholic churches in England. 

Where to eat, drink and stay

The Gate Inn in Brailes is a traditional pub run by Hook Norton Brewery. It serves homemade food, as well as ales and traditional cider. It provides B&B accommodation.

The George Inn dates back to the 14th century with an inglenook fireplace, large beer garden and food served every day.  


Brailes CE Primary School serves the villages of Upper and Lower Brailes, as well as Winderton, Sutton under Brailes, Stourton, Cherington and Whichford.

Secondary school age children visit Shipston High School.

Images courtesy of Stephen Mackay and others.