It's hard to believe that one man could spark so much interest – and so much merchandise – as Stratford's most famous son. The author of some of the most quoted lines ever written in the English language, William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564 and died here in 1616, and the five houses linked to his life form the centrepiece of a tourist attraction that verges on a personality cult.
If you can leave without buying at least a Shakespeare novelty pencil, you'll have resisted one of the most keenly honed marketing machines in the nation.
Stratford-upon-Avon destination guides
Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds
Spend Christmas Day in the English countryside! Take this special Christmas tour from London and see the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds, Oxford and Stratford. After your morning pick-up, your Christmas tour will begin with a panoramic tour of London, taking in all the major highlights - Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and more.
Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
A region officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can’t possibly be a bad place to spend a day. On this 10-hour day trip from London, you’ll visit this so-named English area, the Cotswolds, as well as Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle.