8 Things to do in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon is located on the picturesque River Avon with a beautiful backdrop of half timber framed houses that dot the whole town. Also called as Shakespeare’s Country, Stratford-Upon-Avon holds a mammoth of history of this eternal poet/ playwright and a beauty that’s beyond Shakespeare’s words that it makes a perfect weekend holiday if you’re living close to Midlands, Britain. 
We’ve visited a lot of small English towns, but nothing as spectacular as Stratford-Upon-Avon. Such a romantic setting of the town, extremely friendly people, lively atmosphere does make tourists fall in love with this town. There’s plenty of things to do in this tourist-filled town, here’s our recommendation of top 8 things that you could do here.
A beautiful welcome near the Car park area, in the town centre
The flagpost directing us towards Shakespeare’s Birthplace
8 great things to do in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Visit Shakespeare Houses 

Being in Stratford-Upon-Avon and not visiting Shakespeare house? 
Needless to say, it’s one major tourist attraction in town, and has been attracting visitors for over 250 years!! The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust manages all the houses that includes Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathway Cottage & Gardens, Nash’s House & New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft. There are tours available at the visitor centre and one can buy combo tickets to see all or some of Shakespeare’s houses. Our recommendations on must-see are Birthplace and Anne Hathway Cottage.   
Shakespeare’s Birthplace 
Watch a play in Royal Shakespeare Company Theater
There’s nothing as good as watching your favourite Shakespeare play in the town where he once lived and got inspired to write those plays! 

Admire the myriad statues
The town is laid out so beautifully that you see magnificent sculptures and statues everywhere around. Look out for them in every corner of the town.

Some intriguing sculptures that we came across



Enjoy the slow paced life style
You can’t experience such a slow paced life in every other tourist towns. Laze around or bring in your picnic basket near by Bancroft Gardens and relax.    Despite crowded with tourists and locals, you can feel the laid back life in the town. Feel them!



Love the architecture
Walk along the main streets admiring half timber houses and thatched roofs as you stroll through plethora of cafes and restaurants. 


Listen to free music
Sit by the riverside and enjoy the free music blissfully for hours together, while soaked up in the sun. 


Cruise in River Avon

Hire a row boat / motor boat or canoe and sail back in time as you pass through the beautiful River Avon, enjoying the lush green countryside with occasional stone bridge that captures your attention.  

Stratford’s butterfly farm
We may have never recommended this if it had not been UK’s largest and one of its kind.  The lush, exotic landscape and seeing a hundred of butterflies in one place is certainly awe-inspiring!  

Have you been to Stratford-Upon-Avon? Is there anything else you would like to add to this list? 

14 Responses

  1. so Shakespeare was born here? it must be so interesting to visit it and learn more about Shakespeare. Would love to watch his play someday. Nice photos Anu 🙂

  2. Lovely post and great photos. Thanks for sharing

  3. Lovely place. Good to read about this colourful and vibrant place.

  4. I don't think I'll have the patience to watch a Shakespeare play. Not yet, that is. Nice photos – good to see the beautiful birthplace of the great playwright.

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  5. Very nice place, but missed out during our visit a few years back. Beautiful pictures Anu. Sure not to be missed during our next visit.

  6. I was there 3 years ago and I was riding a boat across the city. I also visited the Shakespeare's house and the local markets. Amazing place!

  7. Have been to this beautiful city a couple of years back. Must say it was enjoyable, got a good feel of this beautiful part of England. A must visit place for all tourists.

  8. Nice post about stantford and its really awesome to read this kind of impressive blogs. thanks for sharing this post.
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