Destination: Stratford upon Avon


The land of Shakespeare and Tudor Housing

Stratford upon Avon

Stratford upon Avon Tours with Great British Trips

Introducing Stratford upon Avon

Stratford is the birthplace of William Shakespeare who was born here in 1564. There are 5 houses linked to Shakespeare and his family and each offers a unique experience of the Stratford world in which the famous dramatist was born, worked and was buried. Stratford is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and its 'Courtyard Theatre' in which you can take a backstage tour. Of course, as well as all things Shakespeare, the 800 year old scenic market town has a number of other attractions so if you are more interested in music, sport, movies or dining out there is plenty to keep you busy. The town is also a pleasant place to stay to take in nearby attractions such as Warwick and Kenilworth Castles to the north, and the picturesque Cotswolds region to the south.

Stratford upon Avon

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Region: Central England

Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day

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What's nearby? Banbury, Warwick, Cotswolds

What transport do you recommend? Your own transport or sightseeing bus is needed to visit all 5 Shakespeare houses. It can be reached on train.

Did you know? Shakespeare was lucky to survive his childhood - within a few weeks of his birth in April 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon was struck by an outbreak of The Plague.

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What can I see in and around Stratford upon Avon?

Shakespeare's Houses

The Shakespeare's properties include his birthplace at Henley Street where he also grew up, which also includes an exhibition on his life; Anne Hathaway's Cottage – where he courted his wife; his mother Mary Arden's Farm, Hall's Croft – where his daughter lived; and New Place – where Shakespeare ended his days. They are open all the year round and feature rare period furnishings and domestic items of the day.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, possibly the most visited church in Britain is where Shakespeare is buried.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company have been performing his works in his home town since the 19th century. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre have performances here daily which enable audiences and performers to participate in his work in a 1000 seat space Shakespeare would have approved of.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Sightseeing tours of the town can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Stratford-upon-Avon.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Avon River Cruise

This 40-minute cruise on the River Avon aboard a traditional Edwardian passenger launch is a great and relaxing way to explore Stratford-upon-Avon.
Time to spend here: 40 minutes   More information


Set amid the gently rolling hills of the Shakespeare Country, just eight miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon is the ancient market town of Alcester. It has a fine selection of historic buildings, pubs and tearooms.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information


Shipston-on-Stour was once an important centre of the wool trade. Today the market town is very attractive for browsing around and has many houses dating back to the 17th century.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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