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A vacation to Stratford-upon-Avon is a great choice. Steeped in literary tradition, the hometown of Shakespeare is a remarkable British town to behold. You know you are following the footsteps of many literary greats as you tour Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Visit the family home where William Shakespeare was born. A great activity for the whole family, you'll find interactive children's activities when you visit from July through October.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare's wife and you can visit her family home, a prime example of Tudor architecture, when you visit Stratford-upon-Avon.

Church of the Holy Trinity

Church of the Holy Trinity

A parish church of the Church of England, the Church of the Holy Trinity gained celebrity because it is where Shakespeare was baptized and buried. Pay your respects to the great writer as you walk around the oldest building in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Take a stroll along the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal and discover the soothing effect of the tranquil water as you make your way towards the suburbs of Shakespeare's hometown.

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm

The Stratford Butterfly Farm is a beautiful experience available year round. Visit the greenhouses and watch as hundreds of phenomenal butterflies surround you.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

When you visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, enjoy the homage to the playwright and revel in the fact that the structure was the first in the country designed by a female architect.

Hall's Croft

Hall's Croft

The former home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna Hall, Hall's Croft now houses a 16th and 17th century art collection you don't want to miss while you stay in Stratford-upon-Avon!

Swan Theatre

Swan Theatre

The perfect spot to catch a show or two, the Swan Theatre is owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and often puts on great spectacles. Check out the schedule online to see what's on while you're in town.

Nash's House

Nash's House

Explore the pre-Shakespeare history of Stratford-upon-Avon at the Nash's House. You'll learn about the earliest settlers of the town through excellent exhibitions put on regularly by this museum.

Stratford Armouries
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Stratford Armouries

Sprawling over 86 acres, the Stratford Armouries showcase the famous arms created and collected by the Wigington family over the past two centuries.

Planning Your Stratford-upon-Avon Visit

Getting Around Stratford-upon-Avon

Walking around Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the easiest ways to get know Shakespeare's hometown. You'll also find city bus lines and some sightseeing bus lines should you choose to speed up your transit.

How long should you stay in Straford-upon-Avon?

Shakespeare fans will want to soak up as much time in this picturesque town as possible, but four days would also probably be plenty. Explore Shakespeare's and his wife's family homes on your first day. See a show the next day and spend your third day looking at arms at the Stratford Armouries. The fourth day go for a long canal walk and discover the suburbs near Stratford-upon-Avon.

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    The best weather in Stratford-upon-Avon is certainly in the summer season. You'll be likely to find the most sunshine from June to August. Plus, over the summer you'll find the town really comes alive with fun festivals and shows. A winter trip to Stratford-upon-Avon is quite enjoyable as well, especially if you plan to watch a lot of shows and cozy up to Shakespeare's works in cafes around town. The town's Tudor architecture goes well with snow or sun.

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What people are saying about Stratford-upon-Avon

Wonderfully excellent and worth every pound I had.

James was marvelous and he knows his stuff!! Witty and funny and never dull at all. It's a long day trip so I suggest you have a heavy a breakfast and bring snacks like bread or sweets on the bus. Hot food isn't allowed to be brought on the bus but cold food is absolutely fine. It's better to have lunch in Oxford cause you'll have more time there to look around than in Stratford-upon-Avon. Theres not a lot of time to go around the Cotswold to take photos so try to take as much as you can whenever able. In Oxford, try to go inside one of the colleges but most have a small entrance fee. We went inside Trinity but I think the other colleges may have been more scenic.

Very good tour with excellent tour guide

Our tour guide was absolutely incredible and she made our day one I'll never forget. She was always very willing to answer our questions and always had a smile on her face. The timing of each tour was well done but wouldn't have minded to spend more time at Oxford, but because we had three places to see, it wouldn't be possible. Cant recomend this tour any higher.

Lovely day, lovely people, but if only we had 30 min more at each stop

Our guide James was very pleasant and knowledgeable, and our driver Marius very witty with some great tips for us tourists. Although we were hopping from one place to another (as was to be expected), for the future, I don't think anyone would mind to have extra 30 min on every stop.

It was a wonderful visit to Stratford upon Avon & will return

It was a wonderful short visit to Stratford upon Avon , Oxford university town Though I wished I had stayed there for a night at least to explore more Loved it

An excellent day trip, the highlights Stratford and Warwick Castle

Very knowledgeable guide made this trip very interesting and enjoyable. We learnt so much more about Shakespeare, his environment and where he grew up.

Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/28/2019