Stratford-upon-Avon is a town of beautiful historic buildings and quintessential English charm devoted to the most famous of all playwrights, William Shakespeare. Nestled amongst beautiful Warwickshire countryside, the small town primarily straddles the west bank of the River Avon and many thousands of people visit the town's elegant streets, stunning theatres and unique historic sites devoted to the Bard of Avon every year.
Our Favourite Hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon
Steeped in historic charm, the 4* Shakespeare Hotel Stratford upon Avon is the perfect base from which to explore the birth town of the Bard. Book the Shakespeare Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon.
White Swan Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon
Brimming with old world charm and 15th century character, the White Swan Stratford upon Avon is a charming former coaching inn and the oldest hotel in Britain. Book the White Swan Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon.
Things to Do in Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare's Birth Place
At the top of Henley Street stands a charming & unassuming historic Tudor cottage, which now acts as a shrine to millions of people throughout the world. In this very house in 1564, William Shakespeare was born and continued to live till he moved to London, a few years after marrying Anne Hathaway. Today, the house is a wonderful museum detailing the life of Shakespeare and reflection on the lives of the house's notable visitors, including John Keats, Charles Dickens & Thomas Hardy.
Though he spent a large chunk of his life in London, performing & writing, Shakespeare eventually came back to Stratford-upon-Avon where he died and was buried. His grave is found in Holy Trinity Church and tourists can pay to view it and explore the church where the Bard of Avon was baptised and where he worshipped during his youth.
Historic Shakespearian Houses
In addition to the Shakespeare-related sites there are four more Shakespeare Houses to note. They are all just as traditional and historic. Hall’s Croft is the place where Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna lived with her husband; Nash’s House and New Place was the family home from 1597 to 1616; Anne Hathaway’s Cottage was the family home of Shakespeare’s wife; and Mary Arden’s Farm was his mother’s family home. Everywhere you go there are impressive Tudor buildings that exhibit something of Elizabethan English life.
A Night at the Theatre
A trip to the theatre is a must and the beautifully restored and refurbished Royal Shakespeare Theatre ranks amongst the finest playhouses in the world to watch cutting edge productions of the Bards most famous plays. Don’t miss the adjacent 36-metre tower, which provides fantastic views of the surroundings on a clear day. The more intimate Swan Theatre is also here, housed within the impressive Victorian Gothic structure, staging fascinating productions all year. Before taking your seat, why not make your way over the road for a beverage at the famous Dirty Duck pub?
Stratford Butterfly Farm
Although it’s still a popular Stratford-upon-Avon attraction, the Stratford Butterfly Farm provides something a little different for those who aren’t such ardent fans of Shakespeare. The farm is filled with beautiful butterflies from around the world as well as caterpillar displays, insect rooms and the scary arachnoland with spiders and scorpions!
Around 10 miles northeast of Stratford-upon-Avon is the town of Warwick, which is home to a stunning medieval castle. Set amid 60 acres of grounds, Warwick Castle is one of the most visited castles in the country and is approximately 1,100 years old. Tales of battle, scandal and royalty are told throughout the various rooms, corridors and dungeons of the castle. Warwick castle is situated in the centre of Warwick and lies next to the River Avon.
Stratford-upon-Avon train station is situated close to the centre of Stratford while for those travelling by car there are plenty of car parks and routes in and out of the town from all directions.
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