This charming Tudor town built on the banks of the Avon River is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON - AT A GLANCE
- 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.
- Did you know? 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.