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Stratford-upon-Avon

This charming Tudor town built on the banks of the Avon River is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare

Stratford-upon-Avon

Famed for its ties to William Shakespeare and its romanticized Tudor architecture, Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town packed with history and heritage. Of all the things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace is the star attraction. The renowned poet and playwright lived in the town and you can walk in his footsteps at his childhood residence.

Stratford-upon-Avon
This charming Tudor town built on the banks of the Avon River is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare

In addition to the Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare house, you can explore Mary Arden’s Farm, once home to the great playwright’s mother or visit Anne Hathaway’s House, the home of the Bard’s wife. Catch a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre when in Stratford-upon-Avon, browse independent shops and boutiques in the centre of the town, and sample its eclectic foodie scene while discovering more of the town that produced the world’s most famous playwright.

Stratford-upon-Avon at a glance

Top suggestions for first time visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stratford-upon-Avon
Make a visit to the Royal Shakespeare company a priority.

Make a visit to the Royal Shakespeare company a priority. Showcasing the finest theatre productions, you can immerse yourself in British literature at the RSC. From Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet to Midsummer Night Dream and Macbeth, this particular Stratford theatre supplies pure entertainment.

Shakespeare fans will relish the chance to walk in the bard’s footsteps: visit the timbered home where he was born at Shakespeare’s Birthplace; explore the house where he courted his wife at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and pay your respects at his final resting place in the Holy Trinity Church.

Another popular attraction for anyone on the Shakespeare trail is Mary Arden’s Farm. The family home of Shakespeare’s mother, the traditional house is now a working museum where you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Tudor farm, as it would have been in his mother’s day.

Enjoy a play in the Swan Theatre’s traditional Elizabethan stage where the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company perform.

Compton Verney is just 20 minutes from Stratford by car. A magnificent 18th mansion with an award-winning gallery and museum, it’s surrounded by 120 acres of parkland which was landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust has everything you need to know about visiting the Bard’s hometown, including new attractions such as Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall.

From London you can get to Stratford-upon-Avon in around 2 hours 30 minutes by train and it’s just 1 hour south of Birmingham.

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