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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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Pen & Parchment Inn by Greene King Inns
Pen & Parchment Inn by Greene King Inns
3 out of 5
Bridgefoot Quay, Warwick Rd, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £68 per night from 5 Sep to 5 Sep
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Shakespeare Monument and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Guild Chapel and Swan Theatre ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
"WiFi was quite weak signal in the the room. Room was excellent though, very clean, excellent bathroom."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Pen & Parchment Inn by Greene King Inns
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 £83 per night from 5 Sep to 5 Sep
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nash's House and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. New Place and Swan ...
4.1/5Very Good! (918 reviews)
"I was disappointed I could not park my car at the hotel"

Reviewed on 3 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
The price is £125 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
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! (499 reviews)
"Lovely staff and a very efficient process for check in. Restaurant terrace lively for dinner and nice atmosphere at hotel."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon
The Swans Nest Hotel
The Swans Nest Hotel
4 out of 5
Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £88 per night from 2 Sep to 2 Sep
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! (815 reviews)
"The room was air conditioned and clean, the bed very comfortable & the the reception staff were excellent. We will certaainly be using this hotel again"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2021

The Swans Nest Hotel
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
4 out of 5
4 CHAPEL STREET, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £123 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nash's House and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. New Place and Swan Theatre are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (232 reviews)
"I liked the hotel, very convienient location for town centre. However I dont think it's right to charge for onsite parking!"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2021

Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon
The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon
4 out of 5
Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £88 per night from 2 Sep to 2 Sep
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! (981 reviews)
"Good location and great hotel. Good sized rooms that catered for the family very well"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon
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Stratford-upon-Avon City Centre

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