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Stratford upon Avon Guide

Welcome to our Stratford-upon-Avon Guide

 

Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Take a boat out on the River Avon

Spend a day at the magnificent Warwick Castle

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

 

Warwick Castle

With over 1000 years of history Warwick castle offers a great day out for all the family. This iconic English Castle offers an extensive range of yearly activities and events, including superb Jousting, bird of prey displays and much more. Plus with its very own Castle Dungeon there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Shakespeares Globe Tour & Exhibition

Based under the Globe Theatre, our engaging and informative Exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote

Shakespeares Houses - 3 House Pass

he Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the world's leading charity in promoting the work, life and times of William Shakespeare

Travelling to Stratford upon Avon

Straford-upon-Avon Overview

Stratford

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.

By Rail

By Rail

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.

By Road

By Road

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.

By Air

By Air

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

Stratford-upon-Avon Overview

Stratford

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.

By Bus

By Bus

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.

By Taxi

By Taxi

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.

By Bike

By Bike

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.

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Mercure Shakespeare Hotel

The 4 star Mercure Shakespeare Hotel is located in the centre of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, ideal for exploring local villages, the Cotswold’s, shops and theatres of Stratford

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There are loads of great events & reasons to visit Stratford upon Avon and here are just a few!

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    Rotary Shakespeare Marathon – April

    This charity race has been going for 30 years, and it’s no wonder so many people want to get involved

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    Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations – April

    Celebrating the life and times of the world’s most famous writer

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    Literary Festival – May

    An exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour

  • 4

    Global Gathering – July

    The biggest annual dance music festival in Europe, with thousands heading there each year

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    Shakespeare Hospice Carole Concert – December

    The perfect way to spread a little Christmas cheer during your winter break

Out and About in Stratford upon Avon

Shopping in Stratford-upon-Avon

Shopping in Stratford Upon Avon With a great selection of antiques shops, curiosity shops and the favourite high street stores there is plenty of Stratford shopping to enjoy.

Stratford-upon-Avon Eating Out

Eating Out in Stratford Upon Avon There is something to suit all tastes when eating out in Stratford, from favourite chain restaurants to Thai bistros and historic Inns.

Nightlife in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford Upon Avon Nightlife From the renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Courtyard theatre to Stratford’s Civic Hall and the historic Cox’s Yard  there is a great choice of evening entertainment in Stratford.

Bars in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford Upon Avon Bars Whether you enjoy a traditional pint in the Thatch Tavern, a glass of wine in Vintners or dancing all night in Chicago’s there is something for all.

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