Stratford upon Avon Guide
Welcome to our Stratford-upon-Avon Guide
Our Stratford upon Avon Guide will introduce you to the historic town that is famed throughout the world as the birth place of Shakespeare. With a rich heritage, varied culture and stunning architecture Stratford is an ideal destination for your short break. From the beautiful River Avon to the superb Shakespeare buildings, stately homes and the surrounding Warwickshire countryside there is plenty to do on your break in Stratford upon Avon. Whether relaxing on a boat trip on the river, exploring the towns 15th Century streets or visiting the nearby National Trust properties Stratford and the surrounding area has something for everyone to enjoy.
When planning your break our Stratford upon Avon guide can provide you with an insight into all this beautiful town has to offer. Set amidst the picturesque Cotswolds there is plenty for you to explore. From the 12th Century Charlecote Park to the 1930s Upton House, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage to Shakespeare’s birthplace you can step back in time and immerse yourself in times gone by. With a great selection of shops in Stratford upon Avon town centre there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in the pleasures of modern life, why not stop in one of the tearooms and treat yourself to a delicious cake. If you are travelling with family head to the Stratford Butterfly Farm or the hands on Falstaff Experience, exploring the exciting world of Tudor history.
With a great range of restaurants, pubs and theatres there is a huge selection of evening entertainment for you to enjoy. Whether it’s seeing a play at the RSC, sampling fine cuisine or simply enjoying a tranquil walk along the river you are spoilt for choice. If you need some added inspiration for your break then our Stratford upon Avon Guide is here to help.
Must do's by day
Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Take a boat out on the River Avon
Spend a day at the magnificent Warwick Castle
Must do's by night
See a production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Enjoy a Ghost walk through historic Stratford
Relax with a drink in one of the town’s charming inns
Travelling to Stratford upon Avon
Set in the heart of England Stratford is ideally placed for visiting the Cotswolds and the surrounding Warwickshire area. It is close to excellent road links including the M40, M42 and M5 motorways and is just an hour and a half from London and Bath and only 30 minutes from Birmingham.
Stratford railway station is in the heart of the town centre, just minutes from Mary Arden’s farm. The station is serviced by two providers Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry trains, why not arrive in style on the Shakespeare Express.
With a great network of major and minor roads Stratford is easy to travel to, no matter where you are coming from. Travelling via the M40 head onto the A46, alternatively the A3400 leads directly into Stratford-upon-Avon.
With Coventry and Birmingham airport both close by Stratford is well connected for those travelling by air. Birmingham Airport has over 50 airlines and over 500 destinations available connecting Stratford to the rest of the world.
Getting Around in Stratford upon Avon
With a compact town centre and simple layout it’s easy to get around the centre of Stratford. Plus with great public transport network and a Park and Ride scheme in operation it’s easy to leave the car at home.
Buses are run by Warwickshire County Council. There are plenty of routes to get you through the town and further afield. With the Park and Ride service providing direct access to the centre without the hassle of finding somewhere to park.
Stratford has a number of taxi services, including a rank at the railway station. To avoid un-reliable services check with your hotel in Stratford for their preferred service or have them book you a taxi.
The picturesque town and surrounding countryside is ideal to explore on bike. Why not hire a bike and enjoy the 5 miles of traffic free cycle path at Stratford Greenway. Bikes can be hired from the Cycle Hire Centre at the Stratford Greenway and in Stratford town centre.