Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's birthplace
Situated on the River Avon in the heart of England, Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the birthplace of England’s greatest poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. Visit this beautiful place to discover a charming town with a real sense of history.
“I have to admit to falling in love with this town... I love many English towns, but this comes out tops for me... there is just SO much character and antiquity here, everywhere you look.”
Stratford-upon-Avon’s top attractions are without a doubt its Shakespeare-related properties. Explore Shakespeare's Birthplace for a fascinating insight into his childhood, the house where his daughter lived at Hall’s Croft, then see his final resting place at Holy Trinity Church. Along the way, don’t miss the fairy tale setting of his wife Anne Hathaway's Cottage, or the working Elizabethan farm where his mother, Mary Arden, lived.
While you’re in Shakespeare’s hometown - Stratford-upon-Avon, why not see his dramatic works performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company? If you’re in the mood for music, watch the brilliant Orchestra of the Swan, the resident orchestra at Stratford Arts House, or for art, stop by the award winning Compton Verney art gallery.
As well as its literary connections, there’s a lot to see and do in and around Stratford. Cruise the River Avon on a guided boat-tour, explore the area by hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses, join one of the walking tours and discover some of Britain's finest historic houses and glorious gardens, or get hands on with clever gadgets at the Mad Museum. A little further afield, the spectacular medieval fortress of Warwick Castle has everything from jousting knights to haunted dungeons.
Whether you fancy afternoon tea, a pub lunch or classic cuisine, Stratford-upon-Avon has a restaurant or eatery to suit every taste and budget. Enjoy local organic fruit and vegetables, speciality cheeses, farm produce, and mouth-watering dishes prepared by some of Britain’s finest chefs. The Royal Shakespeare Society restaurant and bar offers fantastic food with great views over the surrounding countryside.
Shopping in Stratford-upon-Avon is a delight. With choices ranging from gift shops to cheesemongers, jewellers to antique shops, boutiques to bookshops, you won’t go home empty handed. There is a weekly market on Fridays, as well as a regular farmers’ market, a craft market in the summer and a Christmas market.
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