Stratford-upon-Avon, also known as Stratford, is situated in the county of Warwickshire in central England. The medieval market town and civil parish is famous for being William Shakespeare’s birthplace, who was born on April 23, 1564 as well as the final resting place of the playwright and poet. Shakespeare’s grave is tucked away in the Holy Trinity Church, which is situated on the banks of the River Avon.
Visited by approximately 2.5 million people each year, there’s a wide range of exciting things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare-related attractions worth visiting include Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft and Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The Royal Shakespeare Company has three theatres in Stratford: The Swan Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and The Other Palace.
For the ideal rainy-day activity, the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is the largest tropical butterfly attraction in the UK. There are plenty of free things to do in Stratford too, from visiting the beautiful banks of the River Avon to admiring the stunning stained glass windows from the inside of the Holy Trinity Church. Access to the ground floor areas of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is also free, as well as entry to Bancroft Gardens and the exceedingly popular Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas market.
With an annual food festival in the town centre, this market town is a fabulous food destination. There’s an abundance of places to eat in Stratford-upon-Avon, from pub grub to modern European restaurants.
There’s also a huge variety of places to stay, from local hotels to bed and breakfasts. Easily accessible by public transport and car, Stratford-upon-Avon is just 82 miles from London and 38 miles from Birmingham. There are direct Chiltern Railways trains every 60 minutes from London’s Marylebone to Stratford that take two hours. From Birmingham Moor Street trains run up to twice per hour to Stratford and take less than an hour with West Midlands Railway.
With so much to explore, a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon is definitely worth a visit.
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