Stratford upon Avon - quintessentially English Market Town in the Heart of England
"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows...."
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Stratford upon Avon is a magical place to visit, for a short break or extended holiday. It has has been a market town since 1196, has its own unique history, but is better known for its most famous son, William Shakespeare. Situated in the Heart of England, it is a perfect base for visiting the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle, Birmingham and Coventry.
Stratford has a good range of unique independent shops, nestling alongside modern stores, many with eye-catching window displays. An eclectic mix of antique, art, gift and second-hand book shops, some secreted down narrow side streets are there to discover.
The River Avon and gardens have a lot to offer. Watching the boats cruising along the river, the antics of the swans and ducks or applauding the fire eaters, jugglers and balloon modellers! For those able to stay overnight there are good quality guest houses and hotels.
The best way to discover Stratford and its fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare and some of its lesser know secrets is to join the award winning Stratford Town Walk (365 days a year!). Stroll past 15th century timber framed buildings to see the houses associated with William Shakespeare, the Royal Shakespeare Theatres and Holy Trinity Church. Hear stories of fires, flooding, plague, old fashioned sayings, medieval cures and history, wrapped up with a little Shakespeare.
Take time to enjoy a river cruise, a back-stage theatre tour and visit the theatre tower for outstanding views of Stratford and the surrounding countryside, the Shakespeare Houses, Butterfly Farm, museums and more. Take time for a 'cream tea' or leisurely meal and a little shopping. Evening entertainment includes world-class theatre performances, the highly acclaimed Ghost Walk, themed cruises and cosy pubs, not to mention various festivals taking places throughout the year.