Stratford upon avon attractions
Shakespeare's Birth Place
Shakespeare’s Birthplace has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. William Shakespeare was born, grew up and he played here. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. You will discover the world that shaped the man and you’ll find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Shakespeare’s Birthplace is a fascinating house that offers a tantalising glimpse into Shakespeare’s early world.
Hall’s Croft was home to Shakespeare’s eldest daughter Susanna and her esteemed husband Dr John Hall before they moved to New Place on Shakespeare’s death. Built in 1613 it is an impressive piece of architecture reflecting the Hall’s comparative wealth and status, the displays inside the house also reflect this.
Nash's House & New Place
Nash’s House was owned by Shakespeare’s granddaughter, Elizabeth, and adjoins the site of New Place, where the Shakespeare story ends in 1616. Home to the Complete Works of Shakespeare Exhibition, telling the remarkable story of one of the most influential and best loved books in the English language, as well as the most spectacular gardens and grounds.
Anne Hathaways Cottage
The world famous Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is situated in Shottery, one mile from Stratford-upon-Avon and was the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife and has been a pilgrimage for visitors for centuries. The young Shakespeare would have courted Anne here and the thatched cottage has often been described as the most romantic in England.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
The RSC is one of the world’s best known theatre companies. The theatre’s job is to connect people with Shakespeare and produce bold, ambitious work with living writers, actors and artists. Another venue of The RSC is the Swan Theatre which seats approximately 450 people on three sides of a deep thrust stage.
Stratford upon Avon Racecourse
Steeplechasing has taken place at Stratford Racecourse since 1755 and today are proud to be in the top flight of Britain’s smaller courses. The first in the country to form a Racecourse Entertainments Committee, the racecourse is host to around fourteen meetings each year.
Stratford Sightseeing Tour Open Top Bus
Stratford Park and Ride
Stratford Park and Ride has over 700 parking spaces and is the ideal place to park if you are visiting the historic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Arrive after 9am and pay £1 to park for the day, with bus or train travel payable separately. A staffed passenger terminal is open Monday to Saturday between 7.30am and 12.30pm. The car park is open every day, but buses do not run on Sundays or winter bank holidays.
Stratford Town Ghost Tours
Award winning magical ghost walk around the ancient streets of ‘haunted’ Stratford with Vincent, The Man in Black, Blake Barrington or ‘witch’ Jocasta – professional magicians and members of equity, or entertainers. Hear tales of ghosts, witches, murder and misery, with a little magic or spells.
Shopping at Stratford upon Avon
From big name stores to unique, individual shops, Stratford-upon-Avon has something for everyone. You’ll be spoilt for choice by Stratford-upon-Avon’s diverse array of shops. Whether you’re treating yourself to something new or buying a gift for someone special, you can be sure to find it here.
As we all become more conscious of what we eat and where our food originates Farmer’s Markets become ever more popular, none more so than Stratford’s own Farmer’s market which happens twice monthly.
Boat Hire & River Cruises
At the Old Boat House on the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford you can hire a rowing or small motor boat where you can explore the river. If you would like to simply enjoy the delights of the river and let someone else take the responsibility jump aboard one of the cruise boats or even indulge in the evening cruise aboard the Countess of Evesham restaurant boat.
Stratford Bike Hire
Stratford Bike Hire is a cycle hire and cycle delivery service for Stratford upon Avon and the Midlands, including Leamington Spa, Coventry and the surrounding areas. Reserve bikes and pick them up from the Cycle Centre at the Stratford Greenway or alternatively they can deliver your rental cycles and collect them at the end of the rental period.
The Bancroft Gardens are located on the River Avon adjacent to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Enjoy sunny days in the wide grass lawns and gardens with the backdrop of the river. Features include a human sundial celebrating the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, a new performance area and two fully accessible bridges over the canal basin and the lock.
The MAD Museum
The MAD Museum (Mechanical Art & Design) holds an exciting assortment of weird and wonderful Kinetic Art, Automata and Steampunk. It is located on Stratford upon Avon’s Sheep Street and if you venture down our tunnelled entrance you will find a world full of whirling and churning, weird and wonderful machines.
The Butterfly Farm
The UKs largest tropical butterfly paradise and what a great experience. Unique in every way and fantastic value for money. It can be found in Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS, in the area of the Bancroft Gardens. We always received great feedback from our guests and it never disappoints!
Holy Trinity Church
William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway are buried here. Both the church and the churchyard itself are breathtakingly beautiful. Well worth a visit.
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