Stratford-upon-Avon

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  • City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    1. City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    As well as Britain's most famous playwright William Shakespeare and the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford is great for a day on the River and then chilling out in the evening in one of the many chic restaurants and bars in the centre of town. Travel to all the Shakespearean Houses: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House, New Place, Nash's House, and Hall's Croft. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre where the Bard's plays are performed for the majority of the year. The Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, protected by a cursed tombstone. The Old 15th Century Grammar School where Shakespeare was educated. You also get to enjoy a lovely tour through the scenic Warwickshire countryside, visiting Wilmcote, the village where Mary Arden's House (Shakespeare's mother) can be found. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Visitor Infor...

    Wonderful experience with useful and informative audio guidance. Did what it said on the tin..

  • Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

    2. Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

    Depart London on a full-day (10-hour) tour that takes you west to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds countryside, and Oxford and Stratford, England’s most romantic cities. Head to Stratford-upon-Avon in the Warwickshire countryside, and enjoy 2 hours in the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Your guide will provide suggestions on the best sites to see. Take a walk around the town center to see beautiful Tudor-style buildings and sites connected with the life of Shakespeare, including the Swan Theatre. Next, your drive will continue through the Cotswolds, as you enjoy views of the lovely landscape and stone villages. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is the English countryside at its finest. Continue to Oxford to explore the most famous university city in the world. Take a walk among the college buildings and admire their dreamy spires. Your guide will recomme...

    Our guide was James. Darren also came along and he was very nice. James was cheerful and happy to give us info about Stratford , Oxford, and the cotswold village we visited. James lives in Stratford so he had great recommendations on food and things to do. Everything ran on time minus the traffic on the way back but that was due to road construction. It was a wonderful day, thank you!

  • From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

    3. From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

    Join a local driver/guide on a relaxing full-day tour of the Cotswolds National Landscape. Experience the very best of this quintessentially English region on a tour that stops at 7 different and unique locations with ample time built into the day for self-exploration, shopping, and lunch. The tour stops at: • Dover's Hill: the Northern-most Cotswolds viewpoint offering panoramic views out towards Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham & Coventry • Chipping Campden: a historic wool town where you have an hour of free time to explore with our unique maps and local recommendations • Broadway Tower: a quirky 18th-century folly perched on the second-highest point of the Cotswolds hills • A secret off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village (join to find this one out) • Stow-on-the-Wold: your designated lunch stop with a wide range of wonderful food options to choose from  • Bibury: often referred to as...

    It was an amazing experience. Colin, our tour guide, was extremely marvellous. He shared so many interesting facts and histories about the villages. We had so much fun. Even my two teenagers enjoyed the tour and found it very fascinating. In a day, we learnt so much about different villages. It was a worthwhile tour led swiftly by Colin who knows his way around very well. I would seriously recommend this tour.

  • Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

    4. Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

    Open daily, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall invites visitors to explore one of the rarely seen places of William Shakespeare’s childhood and youth, a place that helps to fill the missing chapter in the story of his time in his home town.  The newly-restored venue offers a glimpse into Shakespeare’s formative years and sheds light on his time as a schoolboy.  Step into the shoes of the young Shakespeare, sit in the very room that he sat in as a pupil and learn about what subjects the great man would have studied and the teaching methods of the day.  You will hear how he encountered the riches of classical literature and theater and saw some of the country’s finest actors perform in this building. Built in 1420, Stratford's Guildhall is one of only a few remaining medieval Guildhalls in the country. The authentic and immersive experience of a visit to this early fifteenth-century b...

    We were almost railroaded into this activity, due to Shakespears birthplace and Ann Hathaways cottage being closed on Thursday and Friday! (During school holidays and in an era when every business is trying to get back on its feet, go figure?) Anyway, I am glad they were, because in all honesty we would probably not bothered to go here otherwise. A very evocotive building and you can almost feel the history coming out of its walls. Perhapse a little disjointed with the various things happening, film show, school master (ensure you brush up on your Latin), school room etc, and how you are shown around, but there is alawys someone on hand to point you in the right direction. Oh, and if you're into history (obvs) wait until you see the medievel painting!!

  • Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

    5. Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

    Journey back more than 1,000 years and learn about the bloody battles and extravagant banquets of Warwick Castle. Admire the magnificent Great Hall and State Rooms, and climb the towers and ramparts for an archer’s view of the historic town. Join Richard Neville as he prepares for battle at the multi-sensory Kingmaker attraction, or stroll through the landscaped gardens. Then, visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and get a fascinating insight into the life of the legendary playwright. See the scenic villages of the Cotswolds on the drive to Oxford, where you will embark on a walking tour of the university city on arrival. Admire the famous colleges that date back to the 13th century, and hear about former students such as Bill Clinton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Discover where Harry Potter was filmed at Christ Church college before the d...

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed hearing all the facts. She also was very helpful.

  • London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds

    6. London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds

    Explore the region beyond London with a full-day excursion to sites of cultural and historical significance. First, you will head straight to Stonehenge, the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Marvel at the huge 40-ton Sarsens and the volcanic blue stones that were brought from the Preseli Mountains, located more than 280 miles away. Next, visit the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. You'll have plenty of time to shop and explore before driving through the Cotswolds, for breathtaking views of open countryside, crisscrossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns. Finally, the birthplace of William Shakespeare awaits at Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the home of the greatest writer in the English language and the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Admire Stratford, a charming market town in the heart of rural England with a delightful river that winds its way past the...

    Well organised, our tour guide Ann Mary was very helpful and gave lots of information and tips... and the drive was excellent

  • Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

    7. Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

    An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places. Stratford-upon-Avon, the home town of legendary playwright William Shakespeare, is the first stop on this day trip. Filled with history, pay a visit to the place the famous Bard was born - a quaint, unassuming half-timbered house. Learn amazing stories and quirks of Elizabethan living from your expert guide. Next stop is a visit to Shakespeare’s bride Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens. This beautiful little thatched farmhouse is the place where the Bard courted his bride and still to this day holds items or original furniture, including the Hathaway bed. It is nestled within stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs. Then continue to the Cotswolds. Visit what is often agreed to be one of the most beautiful areas i...

    The tour of the three towns were lovely and great to see Shakespeare's home and Anne Hathaways cottage. However the tour wd have been much better there had been more historical information about all of the places we stopped at including Stratford upon Avon. We did not learn anything extra by being on a tour as opposed to going on our own. Tour guide made banal small talk that also consisted of insulting remarks abt fat Japanese children and drunken gypsies and " red indians" and angry black guys. Shockingly offensive

  • Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Tour

    8. Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Tour

    Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour to see some of England's most glorious sights and countryside. Travel in a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, and enjoy an intimate, personalized experience as you visit Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds villages. Head out of the city on a route that shows you some of off-the-beaten-path London, and your guide will provide full commentary along the way. Then travel into the countryside, heading north-west to picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon. Before you arrive in Stratford, hear about the town’s history and its most famous resident, William Shakespeare. On arrival you’ll have the option of visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace if you wish, or you can explore the town on your own. Enjoy lunch in Stratford, and then take a guided walk through the town that includes a stop at the unusual church where Shakespeare is buried. Leaving Stratford ...

    Our guide, Colleen was very informative, funny and helpful. We really enjoyed our trip especially driving through the countryside.

  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare Gin Distillery Tour & Taste

    9. Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare Gin Distillery Tour & Taste

    Join a guided tour around the charming Shakespeare Distillery, the only working distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon. Explore the distillery with your guide and see first-hand how gin is produced. Learn about how artisan gin is distilled, bottled, labelled, sealed, and distributed, all by hand and in small batches. Mingle with the workers who produce the gin and discover their care and passion for their craft. Finally, enjoy a tutored tasting session of three award-winning spirits followed by your choice of gin and tonic. At the end of the experience, receive 10% off at the gift shop, and a miniature gin for designated drivers.

  • Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip

    10. Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip

    Travel into Britain's past as you escape the hustle and bustle of London. Start off the day with a short walking tour of Oxford, home to one of the world’s most famous universities. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are seen as some of the finest architecture in Europe. There will be some free time to shop for souvenirs before heading through the Cotswolds towards Stratford. Private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall Described as ‘one of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain,’ Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall opened it’s doors to the public for the first time in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the writer's death. Step back in time to the 1570’s when William Shakespeare was a pupil learning to read and write, and see the room where leading theater companies came to perform - a strong influenc...

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

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Planning Your 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.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,264 reviews

Fascinating museum. I learned a lot about Shakespeare ‘s life and plays. Really good exhibition and lovely gardens. An amazing feeling to realise you are walking in the footsteps of such a revered poet and playwright.

Great way to get around Stratford. Bus driver’s were most helpful and friendly.

Great day guide Alan was very informative would highly recommend

Buses were regular and the staff were very helpfull

Excellent place to visit in the heart of Stratford