Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon
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. Experiences linked to his life in this unmistakably Tudor town range from the touristy (medieval re-creations and Bard-themed tearooms) to the humbling (Shakespeare's modest grave in Holy Trinity Church) and the sublime (taking in a play by the world-famous Royal... Read More
Top experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon
City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this City Sightseeing tour is the best way to see the sights of Stratford-Upon-Avon.You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 14 stops and the entire route takes approximately 60 minutes. The bus departs every 10 - 15 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.Travel to all Shakespearean Houses: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaways 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.
Shakespeare's Birthplace: 'Any Three Houses' Ticket
Get great-value access to three key Shakespearean sights in Stratford-upon-Avon with the 'Any Three Houses' ticket. Take your pick of any three out of the five included attractions. Perhaps you'll opt for Shakespeare's Birthplace, and explore the house where the playwright was born and grew up. Or maybe you'll choose Hall's Croft, the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna and her wealthy physician husband, Dr John Hall. Anne Hathaway's Cottage with its beautiful gardens is a classic choice, and the place where he courted his bride-to-be. At Mary Arden's Farm, experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a working Tudor farm – Shakespeare's mother's childhood home. Alternatively, visit Shakespeare's New Place, the city's newest and most exciting attraction, set on the site of the home where Shakespeare spent 19 years of his life, with specially commissioned sculptures in a contemporary landscape setting.
Shakespeare's Birthplace: All 5 Houses Ticket
Shakespeare’s family homes and gardens offer something for everyone. Enjoy tales from our fascinating guides and discover Shakespeare's life story while you visit his beautiful homes and gardens, explore various exhibits, watch live performances, and visit with farm animals. Take part in trials, quizzes and many other family activities throughout the year. Shakespeare's Birthplace: Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up. Hall's Croft: Explore the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna and her wealthy physician husband, Dr John Hall. Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens: Relive Shakespeare's Tudor love story where he courted his bride-to-be. Mary Arden's Farm: Experience the sights, sounds and smells of his mother's working Tudor farm. Shakespeare's New Place: Visit Stratford-upon-Avon’s newest and most exciting attraction. Walk in his footsteps on the site of his family home for nineteen years with specially commissioned sculptures in a contemporary landscape setting.
Tour of the Cotswolds from Stratford-upon-Avon
Departing Stratford-upon-Avon at approximately 9.15am (exact pick up times are confirmed at time of booking) the day tour visits Dover’s Hill, Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water and a secret off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village. Ticket price includes a pick up from anywhere in Stratford-upon-Avon as well as Leamington Spa and Moreton-in-Marsh rail stations, making it a tour easily accessible from both London and Birmingham.After an introduction in the minibus before departure the tour heads out to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a drive of less than 20 minutes. The journey is an opportunity to watch the landscape change and meet your fellow Go Cotswolders before your friendly local driver guide tells the interesting story of the Cotswolds on arrival at Dover’s Hill – a story that includes facts, history and local folklore. This 20 minute stop is followed by a “self-explore” stop five minutes away at Chipping Campden.Stopping for an hour visitors are given the opportunity to explore the historic market town of Chipping Campden on their own with maps provided by your guide that includes recommendations of things to do and discount vouchers for establishments in the town. Broadway Tower and the “Secret Cotswolds village” are the next two stops where your driver guide will tell you more about these two beautiful Cotswolds places. Both stops last approximately 20 minutes.At around 1.15pm the tour arrives in Stow-on-the-Wold for the scheduled lunch break. Lunch is not included but with an hour and ten minutes there is plenty of time to grab a bite to eat and explore the highest town in the Cotswolds. Maps are again provided with discount vouchers, recommendations and a list of possible things to do.Following the stop in Stow-on-the-Wold the tour then heads South to the village of Bibury, famously referred to as "the most beautiful village in England" by poet William Morris. The 20-minute stop in Bibury will allow ample time to visit Arlington Row – arguably the most iconic row of cottages in the Cotswolds – and stroll alongside the river Coln. You may even be lucky enough to spot a brown trout or two!After Bibury is final stop of the day and the “jewel in the crown” of the Cotswolds – Bourton-on-the-Water. After a short walk to the village centre, and a brief introduction to the village provided by your guide, you will have approximately 30-40 minutes to explore the picturesque little village and possibly buy some souvenirs to remind you of your day in the Cotswolds.After Bourton-on-the-Water the tour then makes its way back to Stratford-upon-Avon – arriving at approximately 5.30pm.
Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Admission Ticket with Guided Tour
Stratford's newest visitor attraction provides the missing chapter of the story of William Shakespeare's life in his home town - his education and the inspiration that led him to become the world’s greatest playwright. Visitors are invited to explore the very building in which young William Shakespeare was educated in the 1570s. Learn about what subjects he would have studied and the teaching methods of the day. Films provide background information about Shakespeare's school days and the historic significance of Stratford-upon-Avon's Guildhall. Built in 1420, this building is one of only a few remaining medieval Guildhalls in the country. Knowledgeable and passionate guides will bring the many stories to life about the building's role in Stratford's civic life over the centuries and how the Shakespeare family was involved.See the Council Chamber, where William Shakespeare's father served as Bailiff (Mayor). Enter the space where Shakespeare first witness performances by some of the country's greatest actors of his time. Participate in a Tudor lesson and brush up on your Latin. With this interactive and engaging visitor experience for all ages, you can dress up in Tudor-style for a 'selfie,' play Tudor games and get messy with quill and ink, and marvel at the medieval wall paintings. Major restoration and meticulous conservation work of the Guildhall, provides an extraordinary history of the building and of over 400 years of civic history of Stratford.