Top attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon
Top 10 things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon
A vacation to Stratford-upon-Avon is a great choice. Steeped in literary tradition, the hometown of Shakespeare is a remarkable British town to behold. You know you are following the footsteps of many literary greats as you tour Stratford-upon-Avon.
1. Shakespeare's Birthplace
Visit the family home where William Shakespeare was born. A great activity for the whole family, you'll find interactive children's activities when you visit from July through October.
2. Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare's wife and you can visit her family home, a prime example of Tudor architecture, when you visit Stratford-upon-Avon.
3. Church of the Holy Trinity
A parish church of the Church of England, the Church of the Holy Trinity gained celebrity because it is where Shakespeare was baptized and buried. Pay your respects to the great writer as you walk around the oldest building in Stratford-upon-Avon.
4. Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
Take a stroll along the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal and discover the soothing effect of the tranquil water as you make your way towards the suburbs of Shakespeare's hometown.
5. Stratford Butterfly Farm
The Stratford Butterfly Farm is a beautiful experience available year round. Visit the greenhouses and watch as hundreds of phenomenal butterflies surround you.
6. Royal Shakespeare Theatre
When you visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, enjoy the homage to the playwright and revel in the fact that the structure was the first in the country designed by a female architect.
7. Hall's Croft
The former home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna Hall, Hall's Croft now houses a 16th and 17th century art collection you don't want to miss while you stay in Stratford-upon-Avon!
8. Swan Theatre
The perfect spot to catch a show or two, the Swan Theatre is owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and often puts on great spectacles. Check out the schedule online to see what's on while you're in town.
9. Nash's House
Explore the pre-Shakespeare history of Stratford-upon-Avon at the Nash's House. You'll learn about the earliest settlers of the town through excellent exhibitions put on regularly by this museum.
10. Stratford Armouries
Sprawling over 86 acres, the Stratford Armouries showcase the famous arms created and collected by the Wigington family over the past two centuries.
Planning Your Visit
Getting Around Stratford-upon-Avon
Walking around Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the easiest ways to get know Shakespeare's hometown. You'll also find city bus lines and some sightseeing bus lines should you choose to speed up your transit.
How long should you stay in Straford-upon-Avon?
Shakespeare fans will want to soak up as much time in this picturesque town as possible, but four days would also probably be plenty. Explore Shakespeare's and his wife's family homes on your first day. See a show the next day and spend your third day looking at arms at the Stratford Armouries. The fourth day go for a long canal walk and discover the suburbs near Stratford-upon-Avon.
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- Best time to visit
- The best weather in Stratford-upon-Avon is certainly in the summer season. You'll be likely to find the most sunshine from June to August. Plus, over the summer you'll find the town really comes alive with fun festivals and shows. A winter trip to Stratford-upon-Avon is quite enjoyable as well, especially if you plan to watch a lot of shows and cozy up to Shakespeare's works in cafes around town. The town's Tudor architecture goes well with snow or sun.
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What people are saying about Stratford-upon-Avon
This day trip was amazing. We were picked up on time, the van was very clean, the driver was super nice and safe, the tour guide was knowledgeable. The tour guide was really good, giving us interesting facts and some fun facts as well, also giving us some silent time as he did not over talk. When we got to our destinations the guide gave us a small tour and then allowed us to have time to tour the town on our own. It was a wonderful day. I enjoyed it very much. I would recommend it definitely. Marsha from California.
James and Darren were excellent. James' knowledge about the areas are incredible... he made sharing info with our tour feel as if we are in on a secret. Absolutely wonderful experience and SO easy to book! I booked from the States and the tour was great about details, reminders, info. Will definitely book with this company again. Anyone who hangs with James as your guide... you are in for an unforgettable experience. BRAVO!
It was such a lovely experienceto wrap up our time in the UK. We booked the trip to see something different than London and this daytrip delivered! Not only was Garreth SUPER friendly and knowledgeable about the different locations, the sites, the culture, and the history was impeccable! We definitely ended the trip extremely happy! Next time we are out here, we will be booking another daytrip with them!
Our guide was James. Darren also came along and he was very nice. James was cheerful and happy to give us info about Stratford , Oxford, and the cotswold village we visited. James lives in Stratford so he had great recommendations on food and things to do. Everything ran on time minus the traffic on the way back but that was due to road construction. It was a wonderful day, thank you!
We had a small group, but it was still fun and really interesting. Darren was an excellent driver, and James did a great job being our tour guide. He knows a lot of interesting history and facts with funny stories and visuals. The instructions to find the starting point and checking in were clear and precise.