The Shire – Minecraft Server

Our server represents the collective efforts of thousands of individuals.

Vast storylines and epics exist within our shared dreamland, shaped from our own minds and experiences.

It’s what keeps us coming back for more.

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No map resets

Our map has been developed since MC Alpha, and now spans 167002 blocks

9 years in the making

Since October 2010, over 13,700 unique players have joined the server

350 railway stations

One of the largest Minecraft railways, with more stations than the London Underground

Free to enjoy

No micro-transactions, no subscriptions; totally free to play and enjoy!

Welcome to The Shire

To play on our server, connect to If you have any questions or would like a tour, then feel free to ask!

We are a semi-creative, free-building server. This means that you start in survival, and earn creative mode upon reaching the specified rank.

Featured Projects

Discover more on our wiki Discuss projects on our forum

The Shire is now running Minecraft 1.16.1.

To explore a fresh Nether world, head over to the survival server and find your nearest portal!

If you have any issues, please post in the ‘Support Area’ forum.


Website Refresh

Posted 3 months ago by CoffeeAndChill

Hello! I've deployed a new version of the shire's website - check it out at

It has a tighter integration with the forum, and gives us more control over railway and quest data.

Will be adding new features over the coming months.

Let me know what you think :-)

Please note that the survival world will be reset on Monday 30 March.

This is to let us start afresh with a new world in MC 1.15.2.

The main world will not be affected by this change.

I thought it prudent to update the tribe on the nature of pixel art and how it relates to us here on the Shire. There are a lot of newcomers to the server lately (which is awesome, go tell your friends to join too), and it seemed like an opportune time to revisit the age-old question, "why is pixel art banned?". Now, we're not covering this now because there was a violation - on the contrary, the newer members have been following building rules well. But, it's good to revisit 9 1/2 year old rules now and again just as a good refresher, and nip this in bud before it might blossom into a problem.

Some of you may have come across Pixel Art on the Shire. And it's true, there is some pixel art on the server. But when we say pixel art is banned, we mean the giant, one dimensional, pixel-art-for-pixel-arts-sake kind of pixel art. Stuff like:



2012-05-27_005629_2373334.jpgThese sorts of pixel arts have no practical application on the server. A small handful of you especially bright players may have noticed the Shire is a cohesive world - complete with roads, trains, ships, and planes. A world of cities, towns, empires, and dark secrets. It doesn't have.... nonsensical pixel art. Imagine this for a moment... look outside your window right now, wherever you may be. Can you imagine a flat, woolen Sonic the Hedgehog at the end of your street, 50 meters tall, precariously swaying in the wind, moments away from collapsing and crushing your house? No, that's absurd.

Now, that being said, as I mentioned, there IS pixel art on the server. But, as the title suggests, pixel art is not always pixel art. What might be some examples of non pixel art pixel art? Any thoughts?


Yes, you in the back with the mohawk. "Statues?" YES! Excellent answer. Statues are a great example of non pixel art pixel art. In fact, I'd argue statues are pixel-art adjacent, at best. They're practical, they make sense in the real world, they're three dimensional. Great example. Any other thoughts?


Yes, Allison, you have your hand up. "Billboards?" Allison! Genius! That's a great one. Billboards. We know them, we love them. Actually I hate them, but I digress. Billboards are a necessary evil in some of our bigger communities. Fulfwotz has them. Orikami has them. And of course, Clementine has them. They're unavoidable in a modern society. Along these same lines might be signs for businesses, or large ads in, say, a baseball stadium. Let's see, can we get one more suggestion on when pixel art is not pixel art?


Brandon, are you on your phone? "Yes". I said no phones, please. And please spit out your gum. Do you have any thoughts on this, Brandon? "uhhhh... what about like... what if no one can see the pixel art?" Ok... Ok I see where you're going with this. So, underground? "Uhhh yeah, yeah underground". Great point, Brandon. Underground is a great place for pixel art. One of the hallmarks of the Shire is large, hollow mountains, and 99% of them have something interesting inside of them. That can mean funny easter eggs like pixel art. If you've got an itch to make some fun (yet tasteful) pixel art, doing so underground is a great place.

I've complied a number of screenshots from around the Shire showing what is acceptable pixel art (and a few examples of what is not). How bout you flip on through this here album. As always, if you have any questions, just ping me or another admin here or on discord.

Peace and hair grease.

It's time for our winter building competition! Head on over to our competition world (/warp BC) to take part.

winter-lodge.jpgYou'll have creative mode, however you can't use any cheats like WorldEdit!

The theme is "Winter Resort". Competition ends on 12 January 2020.

There is an example entry at the competition world spawn point.

Prizes for winner and runner-up.

Good luck & Merry Christmas! 🎁

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Railway Status

Aether Good service
Cerelia Good service
Dulcia Good service
Empire Part-suspended. Good service Sunspear-Venice, and good service Emerald City-Prontera. No other services are operational.
Franco Good service Venezia Cipriana - Lythia University. No service Lythia-Epsilon.
Hestia Good service
Hyperloop Good service
Juris Good service
Lamia Good service
Mainland Metro Good service
NSTA Major renovations; expect delays.
Nysa Nuovo Firenze station is closed. Otherwise, good service.
Phobean Subway Good service
Quintus Part-suspended New Vashon to Silex-Civis
Skira Good service
Thule Part-suspended
Venezia Metro Good service Valeria-Biblioteca via Giardino. No service on other routes.
Venezia Overground Good service
West Shire Rail Good service Caffa-Solentse, UoC West-Thothum, and Zege-Groenevelden.
Zelos Good service