Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon


Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, around 2 hours from central London, lies the medieval market town, Stratford-upon-Avon. The 16th century town is the birthplace of one of the most famous writers in the English language, William Shakespeare.

If you’re interested in Shakespeare, and would like a relaxing weekend in the Cotswolds, then the beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon is a place worth visiting.

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Visit Stratford

Nearest Airport:

  • Birmingham

Car journey time from London:

  • 2hrs - 104 miles / 167 km

Recommended accommodation:

  • Dormy House
  • The Slaughters Manor House
  • Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

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Private Tour of Shakespeare's Birthplace

Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up. Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, enjoy live theatre on demand and get up close to rare artefacts from world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.

Shakespeare's Home
Visit Shakespeare's hometown and home where he was born and grew up.

Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, enjoy live theatre on demand and get up close to rare artefacts from world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.

Visit his home where rooms are furnished to recreate the interiors as they might have been in the 1570s.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage
A beautiful 500-year-old picturesque cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be. See original furniture including the Hathaway bed and uncover five centuries of stories in this picturesque cottage and 13 generations of the family who lived there. Enjoy the stunning cottage gardens, and explore the Shakespeare inspired sculpture trail. 

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage which was still owned by her descendants until the late 19th century and contains the Hathaway bed and many other items of furniture owned by the family.

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Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company dedicated to the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Delivering Shakespeare's iconic works with finesse on stage across three theatres, the RSC showcase the creativity behind every performance by offering behind the scenes tours with expert guides covering all aspects of the productions. From conception to completion including auditions, set design, costumes and much more.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are on the western bank of the River Avon, with the adjacent Bancroft Gardens providing a scenic riverside setting. The Rooftop Restaurant and Bar overlooks  both the river and the Botanic Gardens.

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RIVER AVON

As an alternative to lunch in a restaurant, relax on a luxury river launch while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea or sit down lunch on board. Our favourite skipper is an expert on the beautiful river reach in Stratford-upon-Avon and will share all of the stories and secrets from the perspective of the river.

Another river experience to consider is an exceptional Gin Tasting Cruise. Allowing you to see all the riverside sights including Holy Trinity Church and Shakespeare’s burial place, while enjoying a tutored tasting of the craft gins produced by the award winning Shakespeare Distillery. Concluding with a Gin & Tonic to toast your captain & crew it is a great way to end your day of exploration in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon.

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