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10 Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Posted: Tue, 22nd Aug 2023

Stratford-upon-Avon is a charming town in Warwickshire, England. The town is famously known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the world-renowned playwright. Here are 10 exciting activities to do while staying in one of our holiday cottages in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare

Stratford-upon-Avon is known worldwide as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visiting his birthplace and museum allows visitors to delve into the history and life of the famous playwright. Stratford Town Walk is a guided tour known for its enthusiasm and informative stories about Stratford’s fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare. They also offer a ghost walk where you can discover the darker side of Stratford’s history.

Enjoy a picnic in Bancroft Gardens

Bancroft Gardens, next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, is an ideal location for a picnic while soaking up the views of the Avon river.

Go for a walk around the town

Stratford-upon-Avon’s historic architecture, charming streets and vibrant atmosphere are worth a leisurely stroll. The streets are dotted with cute boutique shops, artisan markets and restaurants offering some of the finest dining options. Offbeat Cotswolds offers walking tours of Stratford-upon-Avon so you can walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps.

Have a stroll along the River Avon

Take a relaxing walk along the scenic River Avon, which runs through the town. You can hire a boat, enjoy the peaceful waters or go for a picnic by the riverbank.

Go to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

A visit to Stratford-upon-Avon is incomplete without experiencing a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Enjoy some of the best live theatre performances in the world.

Explore Warwick Castle

Take a day trip to Warwick Castle, one of the country’s most iconic medieval fortresses. The castle offers a historical and immersive experience that visitors of all ages can enjoy.

Visit the MAD Museum

The Mechanical Art and Design Museum (MAD) in Henley Street offers a unique experience with innovative gadgets and mechanical arts on display.

Go for a pint at the oldest pub

Stratford-upon-Avon boasts the oldest pub in the country, The Old Thatch Tavern, a charming little pub in Greenhill Street where you can sample real ales and ciders.

Learn about Tudor history at Tudor World

Travel back in time at Tudor World, an interactive museum in Sheep Street that showcases what life was like during Tudor times. Learn about Shakespeare’s era and other interesting facts about Tudor history.

Tour the Stratford Butterfly Farm

Take your kids to see some of the most beautiful butterflies and insects from around the world. The butterfly farm offers an informative and entertaining day out.


Where to Stay

Our holiday cottages near Stratford-upon-Avon provide comfortable and historic accommodation. These cottages are an ideal base for your visit, as they are near many of the attractions. Plan your visit and enjoy the best of what this charming town has to offer.

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