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Top 10 Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

Barry was brilliant- please give him a HUGE raise.

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Awesome Guide and an Awesome Trip Overall

Our guide was really good. She explained everything, told us funny stories, gave us advice on what to see etc. (Everything you would expect from a good guide). The sights were awesome as well. Really enjoyed it and would defintiely recommend to anyone who hasn't been to these places.

Excellent, guide thorough helpful and clear, very knowledgable.

The tour was excellent, the guide was clear, friendly and new all the extra information that is not always given. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, even though it rained it did not spoil anything. Excellent service and good value for money. Thank you!

Lucy was an excellent guide-she gave lots of extra information

Our guide gave lots of extra information about visiting sights in London not on the day trip. The trip was jam packed but great to see lots of sights when you don't have a lot of time.

Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/15/2015

It was a well planned and beautiful trip.

The trip guide was well informed and entertaining. Additionally, she was diplomatic with some difficult guests.

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