Stratford-upon-Avon is a medieval market town in England’s, West Midlands county of Warwickshire, and is the 16th century birthplace of William Shakespeare. The most famous writer in the English language. Shakespeare is known for his sonnets, plays- comedies and tragedies such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth and Twelfth Night. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs his plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and adjacent Swan Theatre on the banks of the River Avon on a regular basis-we recommend pre-booking as this is a popular attraction for visitors.
Included in this adventure into literature is entry into Shakespeare’s Birthplace. You don’t have to be a literary fan to appreciate the focus of activity and attractions related to Shakespeare as each and every one is well-curated and displayed, fascinating and educational. Five houses associated with the famous playwright are open to visitors. Start with Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a restored 16th-century half-timbered house right in the centre of town, which sets the scene in a small, modest family home from 1564 and through adulthood- emerging as the most famous playwright ever.
Other “must see Shakespeare locations” include Hall’s Croft (home to William’s daughter), Nash’s House and New Place (the last chapter in his life), Anne Hathaway’s cottage (a romantic setting) and Mary Arden’s Farm (the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. Anne Hathaway’s cottage is the 600-year old childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife. The young Shakespeare would have courted Anne here and the thatched cottage is often described as the most romantic in England. The authentic farmhouse still contains many rare family items of furniture that date back to Anne’s time, including the finely carved, oak Hathaway bed. Stroll around the beautiful gardens in the stunning grounds which contain many traditional and fragrant plants. It is just over one mile from the town centre and can be accessed via a pleasant, well sign-posted footpath. Alternatively, use the complimentary City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Guided Hop on/Hop off bus tour ticket, which is included in this itinerary.
Stratford-Upon-Avon is a relaxed, pretty town and easy to move around. There are plenty of shops and tearooms, with the river close by for a leisurely cruise. Also included in your visit is afternoon tea at the Hathaway Tea Rooms, located in one of the oldest, tudor buildings in town.
Your 4* star, boutique hotel is conveniently located for most visitor attractions.
Price per person: from £180 and includes:
- 2 x nights accommodation, with breakfast and taxes
- Free City Sightseeing Guided Bus Tour ticket
- Complimentary afternoon tea
Based on two people people sharing twin/double room
*Options available for extra nights, extensions to the itinerary and return rail travel