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
- 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.