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    Why we love Stratford-upon-Avon

    Born and buried here in this hopelessly romantic 16th-century town in the heart of England is the great bard himself, William Shakespeare. Understandably there’s a lot centred around the scribe from its three theatres to the half-timbered Tudor homes and cottages of his and his significant others. You can’t come here and avoid it – nor should you. But there’s also plenty to do once you’ve done all that. The question is whether it’s paddle boarding to ghost touring, raising a glass to its pretty fine gin distillery or taking the Shakespeare Distillery’s produced spirit aboard on a cruise and toasting the whole thing– what to see or not to see, that really is the question.

    Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

    See a Shakespeare play in the home town of the bard himself – head to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Find out more about tickets and backseat tours to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
    The exterior of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
    Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    From dragon-slaying to sword-fighting, history really does come alive at the 1000-year-old Warwick Castle.

    Book tickets for Warwick Castle
    Aerial view of long buildng with a pineapple dome
    Warwick Castle

    Discover the childhood home of Britain’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare.

    Book tickets to Shakespeare’s Birthplace
    Couple walking around the exterior of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
    Shakespeare’s Birthplace

    Get hands on with gadgets and enjoy all-things mechanical at the weird and wonderful museum of kinetic art, MAD.

    Explore the MAD museum
    A family visiting the MAD Museum
    MAD museum

    Visit one of Stratford’s most famous attractions, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, once home to William Shakespeare’s wife.

    Book tickets to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
    Wheelchair user and friend sat beside a wooden sculpture
    Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

    See a Shakespeare play in the home town of the bard himself – head to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Find out more about tickets and backseat tours to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
    The exterior of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
    Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    From dragon-slaying to sword-fighting, history really does come alive at the 1000-year-old Warwick Castle.

    Book tickets for Warwick Castle
    Aerial view of long buildng with a pineapple dome
    Warwick Castle

    Discover the childhood home of Britain’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare.

    Book tickets to Shakespeare’s Birthplace
    Couple walking around the exterior of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
    Shakespeare’s Birthplace

    Get hands on with gadgets and enjoy all-things mechanical at the weird and wonderful museum of kinetic art, MAD.

    Explore the MAD museum
    A family visiting the MAD Museum
    MAD museum

    Visit one of Stratford’s most famous attractions, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, once home to William Shakespeare’s wife.

    Book tickets to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
    Wheelchair user and friend sat beside a wooden sculpture
    Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

    Places to stay in Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    A small area with plenty of demand from visitors means demands on accommodation are always there, check out its boutique hotels to quaint Tudor cottages.

    Warwick

    Is a lovely day out in itself and is popular for its castle, and is a 25 minute train ride away.

    Leamington Spa

    The elegant spa town of Leamington Spa is also accessible and has fewer tourists and maybe a better alternative to the two towns in the summer months.

    Getting to Stratford-upon-Avon

    In the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, and of England itself makes getting to Stratford-upon-Avon easy. The closest airport is Birmingham. Located around 28 miles (around 30 mins by taxi) from the centre of the town, the airport serves more than 150 global destinations. Megabus and National Express take an hour, and trains from Birmingham take around an hour. Direct services also from London to Marylebone.

    By foot

    Stratford-upon-Avon's many attractions can and should be reached by foot – in fact you can walk from one side of the town to the other in fewer than 15 minutes.

    By bike

    Hire a bike and explore the surrounding countryside, including the Stratford Greenway, a cycle path following a former railway line.

    Want to know more?

    Check out Visit Stratford-upon-Avon for top insider tips and inspiration.