||Lying in close
proximity to Coventry, Warwick and Kenilworth, Stratford-Upon-Avon
is the jewel in the crown of Warwickshire. This delightful
market town manages to retain much of its charm even
though thousands of visitors troop around its cobbled
streets every year.
Of course, Stratford is famous for being the birthplace
of William Shakespeare and there are several “must
dos” when visiting the town.
Pop by Shakespeare’s Birthplace [map], which
is the number one attraction in Stratford-Upon-Avon
and see where the Bard was born and raised. For more
than three centuries this house has been a top destination
for visitors and even in the 19th century vandals scratched
their names into the window frames.
The adjacent Shakespeare Exhibition [map] is a lot
newer and helps to educate youngsters about the impact
Shakespeare had on British theatre.
You can’t avoid the legacy that the family left
in Stratford and if you still hunger for more of the
playwright you can also visit Anne Hathaway’s
Cottage [map] and Mary Arden’s House [map] , which
is now the Shakespeare Countryside Museum.
There’s also other historical places of interest
dotted around including Holy Trinity Church [map] and Harvard House [map], which was home to John Harvard,
after whom Harvard University was named in the 17th
Theatre here is, naturally, an exciting event and many
tourists make a point of catching an RSC production [map] at The Swan Theatre. You can also take a tour behind
the scenes at The Swan.
Children and the young at heart will love to spend time
at The Teddy Bear Museum [map] where they can follow
the history of their furry friends, whilst grown-ups
might prefer to sip some real ale from the Cox’s
Yard [map] microbrewery.
You could always choose to get away from it all by taking
a picnic to the banks of the River Avon or simply
soak up the atmosphere of this historical town, the
choice is yours... So why not take a look at our guide
to what's interesting in Straford-Upon-Avon to help