Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre

Stratford-upon-Avon

Featuring over 800 years of history, fascinating museums and scenic riverboat cruises, the heart of this lively town is the birthplace of playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Visit Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre to step inside Shakespeare’s Birthplace and experience a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. See one of the productions after exploring the town’s historical center, perusing one of its museums or taking a leisurely boat cruise on the River Avon.

Once a sleepy village, Stratford-upon-Avon grew into a bustling trade center after King Richard I granted the town permission to start holding a weekly market in 1196. Today, Stratford-upon-Avon offers a huge range of activities, with Shakespeare-related attractions taking the number one spot on the itinerary of many visitors.

After you are done exploring the house where Shakespeare was born, head to Shakespeare’s New Place where he lived until his death in 1616 and visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife.

For something different, go to the MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum, which offers families the opportunity to learn about and interact with high-tech machines, such as robots. Make your way to the Magic Alley, a Harry Potter-esque store complete with spell books, magic wands and broomsticks. Another attraction for families is the Stratford Armouries, an antique center that features a display of the tail section of a Wellington Bomber.

Consider renting a boat for a relaxing cruise on the River Avon, browsing the Stanford Farmers Market or strolling through the Bancroft Gardens to admire its swan fountain and large sundial.

Easily accessible by car or public transportation, Stratford-upon-Avon is located just under 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Birmingham, one of the United Kingdom’s largest cities. Travel around Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre using its numerous cycle paths, including the Stratford Greenway, a 5-mile (8-kilometer) picturesque, traffic-free track. Starting on Seven Meadows Road, it winds along the river toward the villages of Welford-on-Avon and Long Marston. A number of operators offer sightseeing cruises along the River Avon, some using converted river barges.


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The Swans Nest Hotel
The Swans Nest Hotel
4 out of 5
Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £71 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shakespeare Monument and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Stratford Butterfly ...
4.2/5Excellent! (842 reviews)
"Good Location, on site parking ,nice rooms,Staff very friendly. Would definitely stay here again"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2021

The Swans Nest Hotel
The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon
The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon
4 out of 5
Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £81 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of American Fountain and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Birthplace Museum ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"It was conveniently situated for getting into town on foot"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2021

The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
4 out of 5
4 CHAPEL STREET, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £110 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Nash's House and New Place. Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (243 reviews)
"Lovely clean, stylish room with complimentary popcorn, biscuits and drinks each day. Staff were really friendly and couldn’t do more for us."

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2021

Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel
Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel
4 out of 5
Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £79 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Nash's House and New Place. Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre ...
4.1/5Very Good! (924 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel in a fabulous location. Historic building just down the road from Shakespeare's Birthplace. Rooms were clean and comfortable, staff were very helpful."

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2021

Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel
Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon
Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon
4 out of 5
7-8 Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £99 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of American Fountain and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Birthplace Museum and New ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (511 reviews)
"Loved the location. The hotel is stunning and the staff were very friendly and efficient. Breakfast was light as the pastry choices were limited and the cooked breakfast does not have beans or hash browns."

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2021

Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon
The White Swan Hotel
The White Swan Hotel
4 out of 5
Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £109 per night from 7 Oct to 7 Oct
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this hotel is steps away from American Fountain and Birthplace Museum. Guild Chapel and New Place are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (486 reviews)
"Staff extremely friendly and helpful Will stay there again"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2021

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