Stratford-upon-Avon awaits: its theatre, entertainment, history and more!

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.

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Entertainment, Theatres and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in Stratford-upon-Avon

City Centre
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City Centre

Theatres, Entertainment, Friendly People

City Centre is known for its lively bars, and you can plan a trip to Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre while you're in town.

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Top hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe Stratford upon Avon
4 out of 5
Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
£79/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.2/5Excellent! (558 reviews)

Situated in Stratford-upon-Avon, this spa hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Shakespeare Monument, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre. Anne Hathaway's ...

4.2/5Excellent! (558 reviews)

"The bar area was too dark with a few light bulbs missing. Spa was excellent"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe Stratford upon Avon
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Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon
4 out of 5
7-8 Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
£85/night
29 Aug-30 Aug
4.7/5Exceptional! (288 reviews)

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of American Fountain, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre. Shakespeare Monument and Anne ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (288 reviews)

"Hotel was Clean nicely decorated we were upgraded to a suite as it was our wedding anniversary which was excellent. Parking for the hotel was a bit stressful but the staff were more than helpful. The waitresses at breakfast seemed unable to cope."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon
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Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon
4 out of 5
4 CHAPEL STREET, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
£79/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.9/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nash's House, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre. Shakespeare Monument and Anne Hathaway's ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)

"This is a beautiful hotel in a great location with parking! Highly recommend it."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019

Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon

Popular things to do 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.

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.

Top activities in Stratford-upon-Avon

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

£55

See some of the most beautiful spots in the UK on this excellent tour of Shakespeare’s home town Stratford-upon-Avon and an official Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Cotswolds. An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places.

Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£7

It could be argued that the thrilling (and heartbreaking) narratives behind Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear hatched in Stratford-upon-Avon. Birthplace to the world’s most praised playwright, Shakespeare's old scene contains many diverse sights that are best soaked up aboard this hop-on hop-off tour.

Shakespeare's Family Homes Tickets
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Shakespeare's Family Homes Tickets

£10

Immerse yourself in the real-life world of the bard with a visit to Shakespeare's Family Homes in Stratford-upon-Avon. Exhibits offer insight into the life and times of William Shakespeare, and talented actors bring his stories to vivid life before your eyes.

Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds with Lunch Pack
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Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds with Lunch Pack

£80

See some of the most beautiful spots in the UK on this excellent tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon and an official Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Cotswolds. An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places.

Small Group Guided Full-Day Tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds & Oxford
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Small Group Guided Full-Day Tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds & Oxford

£145

Explore 3 of the most charming areas in all of England with a tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, the scenic region of the Cotswolds, and the medieval town of Oxford. Stroll along cobblestone streets and quaint city squares, walking in the footsteps of legends such as William Shakespeare, T.

Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Driving Tour
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Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Driving Tour

£53

The beauty of a private driving tour is the flexibility it gives you to see the sights which interest you the most. We have a recommended route but the itinerary is totally flexible so if you would prefer to spend longer in a place you like or add an attraction which interests you then we can accommodate you.