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Getting from Stratford to Birmingham Airport early Sunday morning

by wombles

Hi, I've got a 9am flight booked from Birmingham on a Sunday morning. I've since discovered that not only does the bus outside my house not run into Stratford on a Sunday but the first train isn't until about 8am. Any bright transport ideas??

Re: Getting from Stratford to Birmingham Airport early Sunday morning

by leics

If there is neither local bus nor train, then your only option is to stay overnight at the airport, or in central Birmingham. You'll have to be at the airport by 7am ish. However, a taxi from Stratford might not be much more (might even be less) than a hotel so it's worth getting a quote or two from local firms.

Re: Getting from Stratford to Birmingham Airport early Sunday morning

by luckiday

Hi, yes the best way and probably the only way is to get a taxi or pay someone you know with a car.

Also next time you book a flight it is best to have in mind what time the flight is to work out if you can use public transport. I made this mistake years ago when a taxi cost me a fortune that I wasn't expecting.

Travel Tips for Stratford-upon-Avon

Walk around

by Mique

On the maps that are scattered over town you can find a nice walk along the Avon. It covers both sides of the river. We did start on this walk but got sidetracked by the Cox's Yard and the morris dancers... So of this whole walk we actually only made it across the bridge...

The meaning of it all

by Jenniflower

It's quite easy to get caught up in the lovely character of the town, the charm of the architecture, the beauty of the River Avon... one needs to remember though what this town is about and why it is so well known.

Much of this town is dedicated to the memory of a man who had an enormous impact on English literature.

His life may have been over many years ago, but to me his memory if very much a living one, every time I read one of his poems, sonnets or plays, he comes alive!

I learnt a lot about him at school, where we studied one play a year, and think it is a pity that many schools no longer do this.

Here is a man with an unsurpassed talent and depth. Sitting in your bookshelf.

Warwick Castle

by Jenniflower

My favourite castle of all in the UK!

Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle are both found in the county of Warwickshire.

Warwick Castle is the finest (in my opinion) example of a medieval castle. It is intact and shows you how the castle dwellers, and their servants, lived in medieval days.

Madame Tussauds owns Warwick Castle, and there are magnificent wax figures displayed, which makes the ornate rooms come to life that much more!

We have been here 4 times, at different times of the year. At Christmas it is very cold, but fun for the kids.. with a specially made ice rink and activities aimed at the kids. They have special jousting weekends in summer, and these are fun, but very crowded!

They have lovely displays in the torture chamber and even a dungeon! They also have a green house, which I have always found disappointing... but the peacock shaped shrubs and live peacocks are lovely to see.

This is a super day trip for the family :)

I will be writing a Warwick page soon, with a lot more info re what this castle offers :)

Rather lovely Victorian building

by leics

You may or may not notice this building, depending on how closely you are looking at/for New Place, the Guild Chapel and/or the Grammar School.

It is a rather stunning Victorian brick building, now a branch of HSBC bank. There are superb panels above the windows showing all sorts of things (looks like either 'myths and legends' or Biblical tales to me). Wonderfully intricate work.

You might like to know that the bricks were most probably made with the assistance of child labour. It was common for early Victorian (and pre-Victorian) children to work in English brickfields, often carrying 40+ pounds of clay on their heads, backwards and forwards to the brickmakers.

You'll find the building almost directly opposite the Guild Chapel, where High Street meets Church Street.

Stainless Steel Swans

by Ken-out-of-Bath

In front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre was this piece, the "Country Artists Fountain".

It was commissioned for the 800th Celebration of the Granting of the Charter for Market Rights by King Richard I in 1196.

The locals really have a keen sense of fun and know how to celebrate in style.

The fountain was sculpted by Christine Lee and unveiled by the Queen in November 1996.

....who presumably then tried for a while to veil it again.


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