Stratford-upon-Avon Travel Guide

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Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do

  • Shakespeare's Birthplace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A crowd filling a house with not much to see, only mattering for being Shakespeare's birthplace, forced a quick visit. The peasant look of the city is very welcoming, and, in Spring, with flowers blooming everywhere, it is a nice escape from the skyscrapers and haze of London.

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  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Although it’s called a cottage it was really a substantial twelve roomed Elizabethan farmhouse, the lower part was built in the early 1460's and subsequently extended in about 1623. The cottage remained in the Hathaway family until 1892, when it was bought along with some furnishings by the Birthplace Trust, who restored it to its original...

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  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I'm sure most tourists come to Stratford because of the Shakespeare connection, and there really is no substitute for going to a performance in the recently redeveloped Royal Shakespeare theatre. I have been to see Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Loves Labours Lost, Othello and The Merchant of Venice and have tried...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Restaurants

  • Giggling Squid

    Giggling Squid is part of a small chain serving Thai food, from street food to coastal specialities. The ubiquitous green curry is of course on the menu, but there are also street foods I hadn't tried before, including Moo Ping (pork meat cooked on a skewer with a delicious dipping sauce. At lunch times they offer tasting sets or 'Thai tapas'...

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  • Zizzi

    4 out of 5 stars

    Zizzi is an Italian chain, of which there are a number in the UK (others include Ask, Carluccio's, Prezzo and Strada). I have a soft spot for Zizzi as I took my mother once, and she actually enjoyed her food and found nothing to complain about (possibly the only time this has ever happened, though she wasn't sure about the decor.) This particular...

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  • Better than normal

    In one corner of the Stratford Garden Centre is the Lime Tree Café which is a cut above what you normally expect. The restaurant provides breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas on a daily basis. For lunch there are paninis, sandwiches, wraps, baked potatoes, soup of the day, salads, kids menu, lunch boxes, meal of the day and chilli bowl. Hot and...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Nightlife

  • Seeing a Shakespeare's Play!

    I saw two productions on both my visits to Stratford Upon Avon in 1999 and 2001. I saw 'Midsummer Night's Dream' in July 1999 and 'The Secret Garden' (musical) in January 2001. (Will update more soon)

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  • Rocking in the café

    Drinking, dining and dancing all under one roof, whatever the occasion, birthday, hen party, divorce party or a night out with friends. By day this café style venue offers lite-bite to full restaurant options for all the family. At night its party time with music and entertainment.email chicago-rock-cafe-stratford@3d-entertainmentgroup.com

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  • english pub

    the white swan pub or more commonly known as the dirty duck is located in the center of stratford upon avon next to the royal shakespeare company. this pub caters to a mixture of tourists and locals and is a great place to eat and drink when in stratford upon avon. if you want to save a quid or two there are cheaper pubs in town but i think it is...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Transportation

  • Car Parking – Park and Ride

    Route 221Northern Park and Ride – Wood StreetThe Stratford Park and Ride (Bishopton) has free parking all day for park and ride users, with buses every 15 minutes which go directly to Stratford Town Centre. The car park is a secure site with CCTV and supervisors always on site. Stratford Parkway Station is conveniently sited next to the Park and...

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  • Car Parking – Bridgeway

    Leisure Centre Car Park (Formerly Riverside)Located about 10 minutes from the town centre the car park has the added bonus of passing the Tourist Information Centre and the Waterside, this is an open-air car park with toilets. Pay and DisplayLong StayCapacity: 625 carsSunday to Saturday: 24 Hours3 Hours: £3.00Bridgeway, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YY

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  • Stratford upon Avon train station.

    2 companies run out of the station if you don't count the steam train.Central trains to Birmingham and the north and Chiltern railways to London and the south.If you can't find what you're looking for on their web pages try this one below.www.nationalrail.co.ukA history of the station and other information is also available...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Shopping

  • Fridays

    Following the suppression of the Guild of the Holy Cross in 1553, King Edward VI granted a charter of incorporation to the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The charter conferred on the inhabitants a borough constitution comprising the right to hold, and collect tolls from, a weekly market and two annual fairs.The closest car park is at Grove House –...

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  • Keen for some market shopping?

    This weekly market is quite old fashioned in its layout and has a town quaintness. It is not sprawling like so many markets are today, is spacious (and not squashed as so many markets are). The people are friendly, service is good and prices are lowish.In the middle of it stands the clock tower, built in the Victorian Gothic style. As it was given...

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  • Favourite shop of all!

    When I saw this shop I nearly did a cartwheel!Where else will you find an all-year round Christmas shop but outside Shakespeare's birthplace? They get so much human traffic visiting his home year round, it obviously pays well. Anything Christmassy you can imagine!From trains to cars, to Christmas trees, fairies and gnomes. Then the more...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Local Customs

  • September – Stratford Food Festival

    The annual Stratford Food Festival now in its 7th year took place on Saturday and Sunday September 14 and 15. This year (2013) the event was bigger than ever before with over 100 different stalls, along with food demonstrations, top food celebrities and live music.There is free parking at the Racecourse and a free shuttle from the town centre....

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  • Morris Dancing

    We saw a group of Morris dancers performing when we were in Stratford. My friend wanted to see them because she had heard about them but hadn't been able to imagine what it would look like. I hadn't heard of them at all before. It made me think that our clog dancing must be something like it. Though i have never yet seen that so can't compare...

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  • Local shop names

    'As you like it' - sandwich bar'The food of love' - deli'The Nutcracker' - Christmas shop'Much ado about toys' - toy shopSo many of the retail outlets have given their shop names a Shakesperian theme, which is not only quite different, but in keeping with the town's feel. Some people may think it a tad corny, but I quite liked it! Maybe it's the...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Warnings and Dangers

  • The Fallstaffs Experience

    The Fallstaffs Experience is one of those places that we avoid at any cost!It is similar in concept and portrayal to The London Dungeon, which has all these little tricks and 'trying-to-be-clever' acts. Hence me putting this as a 'warning' tip... I am NOT a fan of the London Dungeon.It is held in lovely half-timbered buildings off Sheep Street. It...

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  • You will queue........

    You will be very lucky if you don't have to queue for the 'main attractions' such as 'Shakespeare's birthplace'.So expect it, and accept it.If you are lucky, some jolly Shakespearean actors may come and declaim loudly at you whilst you are queuing. I saw this happen to the birthplace queue; they wer looudly told about 'naked swords' and 'taking the...

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  • GeecePeace swans

    There are a large number of swans on the River Avon here :)People are asked NOT to feed the swans their own food, but to feed them 'responsible feed', supplied by certain outlets. These geese can easily contract a disease called 'Angel Wing', so their feed has to be strictly monitored. The disease makes them aggressive. If they eat too much white...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Tourist Traps

  • Fancy a coffee or light snack with a...

    Ok - not the most exclusive or original tip but......If you are in Stratford shopping area and fancy a rest from shopping and a tea or coffee, then make your way to the first floor restaurant of BHS (British Home Stores) which is a modern shop overlooking the canal basin and park leading-up to the Swan Theatre.32-34 Bridge Street.The restaurant is...

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  • City Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Generally the City Sightseeing Bus Tours are a good way to get to know an unfamiliar place. Not so the Stratford tour. The commentary is pre-recorded which mean's that you miss out on the guide's own anecdotes and stories, which in other cities can make the tour. It is also not particularly interesting and informative. The bus does a route from the...

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  • Shakespeare.... there is no escape!

    I suppose he's the guy who put Stratford on the map, so maybe it's not so much a tourist trap as the thing that keeps them rolling in, but there really is very little escape. Of course there are places (like the butterfly house) that don't have a direct Shakespeare connection, but it really does flood the town.If a place has a Shakespeare...

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Stratford-upon-Avon What to Pack

  • What to bring with?

    Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling. Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing. Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for...

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  • Packing for Stratford

    A camera and loads of films are essential for this very picturesque town. There are so many beautiful buildings to photograph in Stratford on Avon and the surrounding area. Films are readily available all over town.

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Stratford-upon-Avon Off The Beaten Path

  • Holy Trinity Church 3: the misericordes

    You'll have to pay to enter the chancel, where Shakespeare is buried.But it's worth it just to see the wonderful Medieval misericordes in the chancel choir.Misericordes are little ledges at the bottom of seats, provided for weary and/or old monks to rest their buttocks during long masses and services.The Holy Trinity ones are the original Medieval...

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  • From a Restaurant to a Bank

    In 1950, we ate lunch at The Shakespeare Gallery Restaurant at No.20 Bridge Street This was originally a town house that was rebuilt after the 1641 fire. It is now opposite a Barclay's BankThis is listed in a book by H E Forrest called The Old Houses of Stratford-upon-Avon: London:1925-: 52-4; Bearman R: Stratford-upon-Avon: A History of itsStreets...

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  • Batsford Arboretum

    This is a worthwhile visit although it is in a village a number of miles outside Stratford.It consists of an Arboretum, A falconry Centre and Garden Centre.The Arboretum was created in 1886The Arboretum is situated next to the private Batsford Hall. (See photograph)With Batsford village nearby.There is an entry price of £5 (Adult) to the Arboretum...

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Stratford-upon-Avon Sports & Outdoors

  • Sailing, rowing and launches!

    The weather was a tad chilly for us to go rowing along the River Avon when we were there in early spring, but were it warmer, we would have definately done it!There are a number of places you can hire a boat from, a favourite being Avon Boating.You can hire self drive motor boats, go on cruises on the river Avon, go on electric boats and motor...

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  • National Hunt Racing

    Stratford hosts a small Horse Racing track. All races are over fences.It is an interesting sporting day our in the summer Horseracing has been at Stratford since before 1755.So if you fancy a traditional English day out a day at the races is recommended

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  • Stratford Races

    National Hunt Horseracing takes place at Stratford Racecourse several times a year.The course is fairly flat so visibilaty is good virtually all around the track. There are some small grandstands for shelter and a more elevated view point. A pair of binoculars would be handy to see the horses on the far side of the course although there is a large...

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Stratford-upon-Avon General

  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    We spent half a day in Stratord-upon-Avon in May of 2004 when we made a trip along the United Kingdom on the way from Warwick to Stonehenge.Unfortunately it was all day raining and it was almost impossible to take photos and videos.Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, it lies on the River Avon.The town is a...

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  • History of Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stratford upon Avon was founded by the Saxons and developed as a market town during the medieval period. The town name is made up of Celtic and Saxon words. strǣt, meaning "street", and ford, indicating a site at which a road forded a river, Avon is also a Celtic word meaning river or water. Stratford was granted town charter in 1196, when...

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  • River Avon Walk - part 6

    I walked along the river as far as the village of Luddington. Then I turned "inland" and walked back to Stratford via the Luddington and Evesham Roads. I didn't see any pubs in Luddington, but I did stop for a pint and a burger at the Bell Tavern in Shottery, which was on the walk back. All told, I think it was about a four mile walk.

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