This pleasant market town is renowned for being the birthplace of, arguably, the world's most influential literary figure, William Shakespeare, whose plays continue to be immortalised in theatres all over the world. Because of the popularity of the town, it is well served by an excellent selection of hotels catering to all budgets, many of which provide free parking and free WiFi access.
The Royal Shakespeare Company theatre
One of the principle cultural venues in the country, the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre provides outstanding performances of his plays all year round, and welcomes more than one million visitors each year. The venue has also worked with thousands of amateur performers through its Open Stages project, and is a pioneering educational facility providing innovative workshops to more than half a million young people. Nearby you can find stylish value-for-money hotels such as the Falcon Hotel, and luxury establishments such as the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
If you're interested in learning about the life of Shakespeare's Wife, Anne Hathaway, visit this charming country cottage which is little more than a mile from Stratford-upon-Avon and was where the couple courted. Here, you can observe a fascinating Tudor Courtship exhibition, while kids can become Family Architecture Detectives and discover the house's unusual architectural features. If you're visiting during the spring and summer, you can also explore the cottage grounds’ beautiful butterfly trail.
The birthplace of the playwright in 1564, this intriguing 16th century building has been an inspiration for many other acclaimed writers who followed in his footsteps. There are plenty of puzzles and quizzes to keep the kids occupied, and a superb Shakespeare's Stratford Friends Exhibition where you can find out more about this strangely elusive man and his life.
Stratford Butterfly Farm
Another great family attraction, this farm has a thriving butterfly display and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. Explore its picturesque ponds and waterfalls, see its enormous greenhouse and tropical plant species, and observe its spider and insect displays. There are several hotels within walking distance of this farm, one of the most notable of which is the deluxe Macdonald Swan's Nest Hotel, a four star venue offering luxury facilities such as a fully equipped health club and conference facilities.