Stratford-upon-Avon


Stratford-upon-Avon is famously the home of the worlds greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.

A tour of the town and the river that runs through it, opens up much of the story of Shakespeare's life during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. When you visit, you will see that this beautiful market town has so much to offer - the quintessentially English town deserves at least a day's visit.

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Location Overview

✈️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

📍Other nearby destinations:

Cotswolds AONB

Royal Leamington Spa

Oxford

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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.

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.

 

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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, you can choose to 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 glass of gin & tonic to toast your captain and crew - it is a great way to end your day of exploration in beautiful Stratford.

 

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