Just by the Guildhall is this beautiful row of Almshouses. These were built for the poor and elderly of the parish who might not otherwise have been able to have afforded a roof over thier heads. The houses are still lived in today, and are not open to the public.
At the end of the row, between the houses and the Guildhall, is St Edwards School, where it is likely that Shakespeare was once a pupil.
If you've a few crumbs left from your picnic, then some of the hungriest - or just plain greediest? - birds I've ever seen reside on the canals in Stratford. Have fun!
As well as the swans and ducks, the canals are home to a number of narrow boats. Some are private, whilst others serve as restaurants, pleasure cruisers and even art shops. It's well worth a potter around this area.
You can walk right along the banks of the River Avon on the side opposite the Theatre - you go through a lovely park until you reach a road bridge but can continue along past the racecourse. Presumably you may watch the racing from there but you would need to check the dates of any horse races first!
You will need slightly better shoes along this length of footpath as it gets a little rougher away from the formal paths in the park.
You could also cycle along here - all the way to Long Marston I guess.
Wellesbourne mill also features the Welsh Coracle which is an ancient small boat. It is possible to have a row in one on the millpond.
Coracles (from the Welsh "cwrwgl") can be dated back thousands of years. The Coracle was originally covered with animal skins and in some countries they are still made this way,
Wellesbourne has a number of Coracles, one of which has been built in the traditional way with animal skins.
In my local village its watermill has been expertly restored and is worthwhile visit.
The mill is mentioned the Doomsday Book of 1086 as one of three situated near Wellesbourne. It has had a colourful history and was still working in the early 1900’s
The mill was completely restored in 1990 and received a Conservation award from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
The mill is now fully functional and sells its own flour. There are daily demonstrations of the mill working.
This lovely pub is worth a visit. Clifford Chambers is one of those quaint villages about 2 miles out of town.
The Inn itself is 400 years old and was once a coaching inn.
They have nice well priced meals as well as accomodation. There is a carvery on certain nights and they have a specials board to choose from. Inside was nice and cosy and the people friendly.
Blenheim Palace is a huge place , a big building with a lot of gardens.
A lot of people come to see the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough.
It was on our way from Stratford-upon-avon to Oxford.
To my opinion it is a must-see-activity but since it is not in Stratord i called it off-the-beaten-path tip.
As you walk along the street called Waterside you will see this plaque which records the heights of the worst floods to hit Stratford.
The last time was in 1998.
You will be amazed at the depth and when you look around you can visualise the effect that this would have had on the town.
Many millions of pounds of damage were caused to the town.
Instead of following the street from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to the Holy Trinity church go to the riverside of the Theatre and pass the Theatre cafe and pickup a pathway by the river.
Follow this and it will take you through a small park until you eventually come to the Holy Trinity Church.
A pleasant scenic walk away from the traffic
I used to love it here when I was a kid! There's nothing flashy about this place, simple innocent fun is more like it.
It's between the RST/Swan and Holy Trinity Church in the gardens alongside the river. You pick up something you want a rubbing of, the staff cover it in black paper and give you some wax crayons. Then you rum and get a picture.
Simple as that!
There are two main ways to get on the river. The first is to go on an organised trip leaving from the Bridgefoot/Bancroft area, these are quite regular. Trips are about half an hour to an hour mainly.
The second way to get a bit of river life is to rent a rowing boat (or a motor boat for the lazy) and potter up and down the river. You can hire a boat for half an hour or longer.
For the more adventurous, it's also possible to hire canal boats for a day or longer. I'm not sure whether there's anywhere in Stratford itself to do this, but a few miles away up the Stratford Canal there's a place in Wootton Wawen (near the Navigation pub) that hires boats out by the day or longer. Then you can go up and down the canal and through the locks to your hearts content.
This one interested me. I went to the girls grammar school in the town when I was younger, with the boys school being an off-limits mysterious place. The boys school had all the history and kudos, being the former school of no less a person than Mr Shakespeare himself.
So I was interested to see when I got back to Stratford 10 years later that "Shakespeare's Old School" (to give it a more formal name King Edward's School - KES) was open for visitors for a mere £2. I don't know whether it's only open during the summer holidays or whether it's a year round weekend thing, but it's somewhere else to add to the list of Shakespeare sights!
The school is where Scholars Lane, Church Street, Chapel Lane and Chapel Street meet, by the Guild Chapel and Nash's House/ New Place.
There are two near by out of Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare sites -- Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and Mary Arden's House and the Shakespeare Countryside Museum. I have these sites listed under their respective towns.
Across the footbridge by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on the river, there are signs and a short walk to the Butterfly Farm. A tropical park, with information centers on lots of insect type things, it's something a bit different to do in Stratford to get away from the hordes of Shakespeare-ites :)
Find the park and tourist information center along the Avon then look up the river. You'll see a church spire about a mile down. You can follow the road along the river and arrive at Trinity Church, a small parish church overlooking the river, surrounded by shady trees. This is the church William Shakespeare was baptized and buried in. His marble memorial tomb is still there in a corner. The church charges no entrance fee but suggests a pound donation.