- Michel Delving is the chief town of the Shire, located in the White Downs. Its name means simply "large excavation".
The Mayor of Michel Delving is the only elected official of The Shire, elected on a seven year term.
- Hobbiton is the village where Bag End is located, on the lane of Bagshot Row. This is the home of Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee and the site of the beginning and conclusion of the novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
- Bywater is a village a short walk east of Hobbiton. It is best known as the home of two inns, The Green Dragon Inn and the Ivy Bush.