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The Visitor's Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon

Get a taste of Old England, wander the streets and explore the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, this Warwickshire countryside village lives and breathes culture, art, and eccentric history. If you are a tourist, Stratford-upon-Avon is a place that should not be missed, including:


Open Air Bus Tours

stratford-upon-avon-manor-cottages-city-sightseeing.jpg Rest your legs and hop on an Open Air Bus Tour! The slightly faster (than walking) tour offers a free-spirited view of the town. Tour stops include, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Mary Arden’s House, New Place, Nash’s House and Hall’s Croft, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Holy Trinity Church, and an old 15th century grammar school where, your guessed it, Shakespeare studied.


The Arden Hotel

stratford-upon-avon-manor-cottages-arden-hotel.jpg In the luxurious Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Waterside Brassiere restaurant is home of award-winning AA Rosette cuisine that includes fresh local ingredients and seasonal dishes that influences frequent menu changes. Enjoy this creative cuisine at the hotel’s all-weather terrace, so whether it’s afternoon tea or a home-cooked traditional dish, take it in – rain or shine!


Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

stratford-upon-avon-manor-cottages-rsc.jpg If you are looking for a Shakespearean experience, take in a play performed at the RSC. Every year is an inspiration artistic programme, and every year shows bring smiles to a full audience. During intermission or before or after a show, visit the Riverside Café for a quick nibble of small bites. For a more substantial meal, head up to the Rooftop Restaurant. Take in the stunning panoramic views and delicious tastes of modern, fresh British food.


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

stratford-upon-avon-manor-cottages-shakespeares-birthplace.jpg In case you didn’t know, this town loves William Shakespeare and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is an independent charity responsible for the care and education of Shakespeare’s’ heritage sites. The charity prides itself in their tours of all things Shakespeare from family homes to museums full of his works and history.


Mary Arden’s Farm

stratford-upon-avon-manor-cottages-mary-ardens-farm.jpg Get transported by to the 1570s as you enter Mary Arden’s Farm, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. It is also a working tudor farm. This family friendly experience lets guests explore the farm yard and the original dovecote (a home for domesticated pigeons). Try your hand at geese herding or archery, and learn about falconry and see rare breeds of animals. The sights, sounds and smells will have you living the farm life, if only for a moment.


Afternoon Tea at Bancroft Cruisers

What better way to discover the river waters than by boat? Bancroft Cruisers offers river tours 365 days a year (river conditions depending) including delicious full menus on board, but they’re famous for their lovely English Cream Tea and their afternoon teas. Add a freshly baked scones served with fruit preserves and clotted cream to your perfect tea time.


Eateries – everywhere!

There is no shortage of food and beverage options in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. No matter your taste or finicky palate, there are restaurants, cafes, and pubs lining the streets on this charming town. Most eateries feature fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. And you best believe, the best ales to quench your thirst.


Butterfly Farm

stratford-upon-avon-manor-cottages-butterfly-farm.jpg Step into the United Kingdom’s largest tropical butterfly paradise, The Butterfly Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon. In this exotic environment, discover hundreds of the world’s most beautiful butterflies – it truly magical. Move over to the Caterpillar Room to see the inching creatures, even ones still in their cocoons. For those who want something little more on the edge, visit Insect City or Arachnoland and witness the creepy crawlies. Take in the surrounding fish pools, flying exotic birds, and variety of flora.


Tudor World

In the heart of the town, Tudor World is an award-winning museum set in the middle of a traditional Tudor property. Bring the whole family and take a seat at an Elizabethean dining table, rest yoru head in a four-poster bed, and even sit on a throne. This is the place to live and learn how the people went about their every day lives in the 16th century. For some night-time adventure, take a guided ghost tour by candlelight.


Stratford Town Ghost Walk

Starting by the Swan Fountain, this fun and spooky guided tour of all things ghostly in Stratford-upon-Avon will take you deep into the history and secrets of the dark alleys and bustling streets of the town. Saturdays only, starting at 7:30pm.


The Countess of Evesham

stratford-upon-avon-manor-cottages-countess-of-evesham.jpg Looking to combine a delicious meal with wonderful sightseeing and the beauty of Stratford-upon-Avon, there’s no better way than to have a meal on The Countess of Evesham, a 70ft restaurant cruiser that travels down the river Avon to Luddington and back while you are served a delicious meal.

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