Day out: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Guide to visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, including places to eat and where to stay

Stratford upon Avon

Why go there?

Best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford sits in rural Warwickshire overlooking the picturesque River Avon. The impossibly pretty market town is rich in architectural interest, with timber-framed Tudor buildings lining the quaint streets.
The Bard certainly left his mark – the town is bursting with tourist attractions and his houses are now museums for all things Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon itself is a delight to explore, with constant surprises and pretty scenery around every corner. The Tudor World museum provides fun insight to Tudor history, combining theatre, exhibits and ghost hunts for interested guests – which earned it Best Attraction in Warwickshire last year.
The Holy Trinity Church, as the resting place of Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway, is well worth a visit and celebrates its 800th birthday this year.
If the tourists prove exhausting, the neighbouring countryside and River Avon provide a calming escape, with pretty rural scenery and easy walking terrain in close proximity. The Stratford Greenway Country Park offers cycle-able and wheelchair-friendly pathways, with plenty of picnic benches and bike hire available.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire ©Getty

Where to stay?

Hotel Indigo – formerly the Falcon Hotel – offers contemporary rooms with a traditional twist. The 16th-century building has 93 rooms, many of which overlook Shakespeare’s New Place. stratford.hotelindigo.com

Where to eat?

Marlowes Elizabethan restaurant offers al fresco and indoor dining under the beautiful Tudor-beamed ceilings. The restaurant boasts historic panelled walls, is centrally located and offers an intricately designed menu.

Tell us a local secret

The famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre burned down in 1926, and a competition was launched to find a design for the new building. Elisabeth Scott created the winning design, which was completed in 1932 and later became birthplace of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, formed in 1961.

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