But even if you’re not a Shakespeare fan, this charming English village has a lot to offer. The entire town is Tudor style, with plenty of Bard-themed tearooms and old architecture. Nearby is the Cotswolds region in the scenic countryside, promising that old-fashioned idyllic English life.
Places to Visit in Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- Hall’s Croft
- Anne’s Hathaway Cottage
- Stratford Arts House
- Mad Museum
- Warwick Castle
Unique Things to See and Do in Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Visit Shakespeare’s final resting place at Holy Trinity Church
- Catch a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company
- Cruise the River Avon
- Grab some afternoon tea
- Visit some antique bookstores
As you might’ve guessed, Stratford-Upon-Avon has a thriving cultural scene – especially when it comes to the arts. While you’re here, catching a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company is a must. You can also see a play at Shakespeare’s Globe, his very own Jacobean theatre. It’s a restored 16th-century playhouse. You can also visit his birthplace, a half-timbered, Tudor cottage that is furnished as it would have been in Shakespeare’s time. You’ll find Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church as well.
If theatrics aren’t your thing, you can watch the Orchestra of the Swan, the resident orchestra at Stratford Arts House.
For some local art, visit the Compton Verney art gallery. Get out on foot and see some of Britain’s oldest historic homes and gardens. If you’re travelling with family, explore Warwick Castle with its jousting knights and haunted dungeons. To live like a real Brit, partake in some fancy afternoon tea, or opt for some fish and chips at a pub lunch. There are also markets selling local fruits, veggies, and specialty cheeses. Even the Royal Shakespeare Society has a restaurant and bar!
Getting around Stratford-Upon-Avon
Stratford-Upon-Avon is a tiny town located in the Midlands. It can be reached by road, train, or bus, and the nearest airport is in Birmingham. If you’re staying in London or elsewhere in England, getting here is easy. The train from London takes just over two hours with a direct service from London Marleybone.
Since central Stratford-Upon-Avon is small, you can simply get everywhere eon foot once you arrive as it’s a very pedestrian friendly town.
Did you know…?
Shakespeare wasn’t just a poet and playwright, he often even performed in his own theatrical shows.
Did you ALSO know…?
In his lifetime, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets.
Best time of year to travel to Stratford-Upon-Avon
If it’s Shakespearean plays you’re after, you’ll find the best during the summer months when tourism is at its peak. Things definitely get crowded during this time of year, however, so it’s best to book your accommodations and activities in advance. Peak season tends to be from May to August.
If you just want to enjoy Shakespeare’s home, you come anything. Spring and autumn are good times of year to visit thanks to mild temperatures and less crowds. Prepare for rain. It’s the UK, after all!
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