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Stratford-upon-AvonUnited Kingdom

Situated on the River Avon in the heart of England, Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the birthplace of England’s greatest poet and playwright, William Shakespeare.

Visiting this place and discover a beautiful charming town in Warwickshire with a real sense of history.

Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding Warwickshire area has a large selection of accommodation types to choose from, including the local bed & breakfasts, guesthouses and, of course, hotels. If your budget can stretch far enough, why not explore the possibility of staying in one of Warwick’s stately estates.

Immerse yourself in Shakespeare with a visit to the poet’s birthplace. Well worth a visit, be prepared to be taken back in time with staged shows and plenty of interactive fun for visitors.

If you need a break from Shakespeare the town itself is also home to what is regarded as Europe’s largest butterfly home. A surreal experience and great for the kids to get closer to nature. The gardens and butterflies are amazing, along with the fish pond. If you are in to photography take camera for some fantastic pictures.

Take a cruise along the River Avon on a guided boat tour and explore the area. Alternatively, take a guided walking tour and discover some of Britain’s historic houses with their glorious gardens.

Shopping in Stratford-upon-Avon is an experience in itself, with a choice of shops ranging from the local artisan cheesemongers to antique shops and boutiques. There is a local market which offers the perfect opportunity to mingle with the locals and learn more of this beautiful town.

While staying in Stratford-upon-Avon, take the opportunity to explore the rest of Warwickshire. Warwick Castle often described as Britain’s ultimate castle, where visitors can immerse themselves in its history and experience the excitement of Merlin, as seen on the BBC, with the castle offering an interactive experience.

Visit Warwick town and stop by the Collegiate Church of St. Mary’s, which is steeped in history and beautiful to behold. Also well worth a visit, the church dominates the Warwick skyline with its imposing tower. The church itself was built by the Beauchamp family, the Earls of Warwick. There are some ancient tombs and crypts within the church, each with their own story, with church guides on hand to answer any questions.

If the weather is nice then bring the family to St. Nicholas Park where there is plenty for the kids to see and do. Park activities include a crazy golf course, children’s play area, amusement rides, boats for hire and so much more.

Sporting enthusiasts will not be disappointed with a visit to Warwickshire with the county having its own cricket team and the county ground Edgbaston often playing host to the England Cricket team.

If you fancy a flutter at the races, check out dates of race meetings at Warwick Racecourse before your visit. The track has several planned meetings throughout the calendar year.

Where to stay in Stratford-upon-Avon

Birmingham showing a garden, a river or creek and tranquil scenes

City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(274 area reviews)

City Centre is popular for its lively bars, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Royal Shakespeare Theatre or Swan Theatre.

City Centre

Top hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
4 out of 5
4 CHAPEL STREET, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £76 per night

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nash's House and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. New Place and Swan Theatre are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (163 reviews)

"Great hotel, suitably located to access all things Shakespearean. Welcoming checking in process, fast and efficient. Room and bathroom (shower) all very clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon
Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon
4 out of 5
Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £57 per night

Situated in Stratford-upon-Avon, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shakespeare Monument and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Guild Chapel and Stratford ...

4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Great location, friendly staff, lovely terrace garden area"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon
Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe
Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe
4 out of 5
Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The price is £89 per night

Situated in Stratford-upon-Avon, this spa hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Shakespeare Monument and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Guild Chapel ...

4.3/5Excellent! (697 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel in stunning grounds with an amazing spa, great food and really friendly spa."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe

Popular places to visit in Stratford-upon-Avon

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The home of the renowned British acting company devoted to William Shakespeare has restaurants, bars, guided tours and two main theaters.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage
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Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Find out about the history of Shottery with a stop at Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Amble around this relaxing area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Stratford Butterfly Farm
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Stratford Butterfly Farm

Take the family on an outing to Stratford Butterfly Farm during your trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover the acclaimed theatre scene in this relaxing area or seek out the local tours.

Birthplace Museum
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Birthplace Museum

Visit the childhood home of one of the world’s most celebrated playwrights, and enjoy live and impromptu theatrical performances.

Hall's Croft
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Hall's Croft

Find out about the history of Stratford-upon-Avon when you take a trip to Hall's Croft. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed theatre scene in this relaxing area.

Stratford-upon-Avon Golf Club
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Stratford-upon-Avon Golf Club

Enjoy a round of golf in Stratford-upon-Avon at Stratford-upon-Avon Golf Club. Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed theatre scene in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Discover Shakespeare's Country and Cotswolds
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Discover Shakespeare's Country and Cotswolds

£65
Per adult
Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass - 1-Day Pass
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Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass - 1-Day Pass

£39
Per adult
Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass - 2-Day Pass
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Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass - 2-Day Pass

£50
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Traditional Afternoon Tea Experience/Baking Class
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Traditional Afternoon Tea Experience/Baking Class

£69
Per adult
Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Driving Tour
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Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Driving Tour

£350
Per adult
Tapas Evening Walking Tour Stratford-on-Avon
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Tapas Evening Walking Tour Stratford-on-Avon

£80
Per adult

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