Home to the iconic RSC, and birthplace of the playwright himself, Stratford-upon-Avon is historically linked to all things Shakespeare. Offering a tour of the places Shakespeare both lived and worked in, you’ll never find yourself short of activities to immerse yourself within the history of the man himself. Read on for our Spotlight on… Stratford-upon-Avon.
Did you know?
Whilst it is now famous for its theatrical credits, in fact, Stratford’s first theatre, a temporary wooden building, was almost washed away after two days of torrential rain.
Where is it?
Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire and is only an hours train ride from Birmingham city centre.
What is there to do?
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust allows you to visit all the prominent houses that featured throughout the course of Shakespeare’s life. From a visit to the house where Shakespeare’s mother Mary Arden grew up, to the place where Shakespeare courted future wife Anne Hathaway, the Trust allows a fantastic opportunity to step back into the days of old.
Stratford Town Ghost Walk
For those looking for a break from Shakespeare whilst visiting Stratford, the Stratford Town Ghost Walk offers a chance to explore the more spooky side of this Warwickshire town. Offered on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays all year round, the ghostly tour guides will regale you with true stories of Stratford’s lesser known history, as you journey round the dark streets.
Hailed as a family friendly museum, Tudor World promises to offer something for everybody. This central attraction will show you what life was really like all the way back in the sixteenth century. A popular choice for children, upcoming events at Tudor World include a Halloween trail, late night ghost tours, and Halloween activities, for those preparing for an October getaway.
What to eat
If you’re looking for a more casual, but scenic lunch stop, head to the canals, where a range of boats provide sandwiches, baguettes and ice creams. For a slightly more up-market affair on the water, the Countess of Evesham provides fine dining with a difference. Enjoy your dinner as you float along the River Avon, perfect and romantic at any time of the year.
Where to stay
This luxury Stratford-upon-Avon cottage lies just 12 miles outside of the city centre. It allows the perfect balance of city and countryside for your weekend break. While you’re here make the most of all that Stratford-Upon-Avon has to offer. This property also has extras to make you’re stay even more enjoyable; including a barbecue, garden/patio, small library, a bike store and parking for two cars.
Tempted by a last minute visit? Stratford-Upon-Avon has a lovely selection of cottages in all shapes and sizes. View them here…