Stratford-upon-Avon Travel Guide

Located alongside the River Avon and an ideal historic town to explore.

Located alongside the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is centrally located within England and provides a good option for spending a couple of days exploring this historic town. The town is linked closely to its most well-known citizen, William Shakespeare, and there are a number of houses in and around the town which are connected to Shakespeare. It is a popular tourist destination, drawing many thousands each year.

Getting There

Stratford-upon-Avon is easily accessible by road or rail. The town itself is close to the M40 motorway for access by car, and there is a train station which serves the town, located to the west of the town centre.

Top Itineraries

Below you will find a guide to some of the worthwhile activities on a trip here.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Born 1564, William Shakespeare has had a huge cultural impact within the UK and further afield. Shakespeare lived here during his early years. The house has been restored to its 16th-century look, and a visit can include the surrounding gardens.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Located out a little way in the countryside, Anne Hathaway's cottage is worth a trip. This is Hathaway's home as a girl, until she married Shakespeare in 1582, and is restored now, with accessible gardens.

Holy Trinity Church

Home to William Shakespeare's grave, the church here is somewhat an attraction due to this, but nevertheless, it functions as a church first and foremost. It is a calm location, away from the busy aspects of the town.

River Avon

The river itself is used throughout the year. You can hire a range of boats, such as rowing boats or small motor boats, to explore the river at your leisure. Canal boats are a frequent sight as you progress through it. There are also cruise boats available if you would rather someone else took control and responsibility. You can walk beside the river, through a weaving path which takes you through many weeping willows.

Butterfly Farm

The UK's largest butterfly farm, and great as a family attraction.

The Falstaff Experience

This museum offers an insight into Tudor life, set within one of Stratford-upon-Avon's most historic buildings. It recreates different areas of Tudor life, to build a story of what life was like at this time.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Secure a ticket to see a performance at this prestigious theatre.

Where to Stay

When visiting a city, booking a short hotel stay can allow you to have a good base to go on and explore the city centre and its attractions. There are a number of hotel options available in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. Comparison websites such as and will show you the prices for the available hotels.

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