Stratford upon Avon
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About Stratford upon Avon
Stratford upon Avon's link with a certain bard are what make it a must-see destination for many hop-on-hop-off tours of the UK. But in addition to the world class offerings of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the beautifully kept museums in his homes, the survival of Tudor buildings dating from his lifetime, Stratford upon Avon is also a lively little market town and a good base for exploring the Cotswolds. Some of the best places to stay in Stratford upon Avon are actually country house hotels just outside the town where you can take refuge from the bustle of the weekend visitors.
Stratford upon Avon does very well out of Shakespeare and each beautifully preserved half timbered building helps to add to the town's charm and encourage in the crowds.
The 'main event' of any proper trip to Stratford upon Avon must be a play, this is something you really need to organise in advance. Even if you're visiting in a quieter time of year it still pays to book to make sure that they're playing something you fancy!
The town's other main sights are mostly Shakespeare themed, but Stratford upon Avon is also supposed to be rife with ghosts and there are plenty of interesting historical walking tours you can join to hear some good tales - this is also a great way to meet jobbing actors. 'Ghost central' is probably The Falstaff Experience which is a Tudor Museum and famously haunted building.
Shakespeare's birthplace was a house on Henley Street, 16th Century, kept in good 'working order'. The same can be said of Ann Hathaway's Cottage where Shakespeare would have done his wooing. The Bard is buried in the Holy Trinity Church - surprisingly this church is very definitely a working church, not a tourist attraction, so be respectful.
As well as the Tudor and theatrical themed highlights of the town, Stratford upon Avon is close to the magnificent turrets of Warwick Castle, the romantic ruins of Kenilworth Castle and the rolling hills and meadows of the Cotswolds. It has a Butterfly Farm for something a bit different.
What not to miss:
- Attend a performance at the famed Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
- Embark on a historical walk and hear tales of the town's supposed ghosts.
- Visit Shakespeare's birthplace and Ann Hathaway's Cottage.
- Explore the impressive Warwick Castle and the ruins of Kenilworth castle.
- Head out of the town and take long walks through the picturesque Cotswolds countryside.
With all this history the little town is a popular spot and the best places to stay in Stratford-upon-Avon do get booked up fast so be sure to plan your trip in advance.
For country house grandeur
- Ettington Park Hotel is a gloriously grand Neo-Gothic mansion turned country house hotel, beautiful on the outside and comfortable on the inside.
For a central location
- Church Street Townhouse is in the heart of the bustling, timber framed Stratford where you will find this beautifully restored hotel. Rooms have a modern twist on classic boutique style with pale walls, plush red curtains, black and white tiled bathrooms some with roll top baths.
- The Arden Hotel is set in the centre of the historical town. Rooms are spacious yet cosy with crisp cotton sheets and luxurious throws. The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre is just opposite so the bar and terrace are full of atmosphere.
For slightly further afield
- The Howard Arms is a lovely old traditional inn on a village green overlooking the Stour Valley. Easy going with plenty of character, this inn has comforting dishes and eight comfortable rooms at comfortable prices.
- The Malt House is a carefully put together B&B in a charming ancient house in a charming Cotswolds village.
- For a fresh stylish feel, try Dormy House, a recently refurbished country house hotel with enough privacy to accommodate both families and couples comfortably.
For an apartment or cottage
- If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.
- Fly to Birmingham Airport which serves both national and international destinations. Another major airport is Gloucestershire Airport, located just 38 miles from the town. By train, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon station, which is well connected across the UK.
- Stratford-upon-Avon is a year round destination with each season offering its own charm. However, for the best chance of bright sunny days plan your trip in the summer months (June - August).
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
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The White Swan Hotel Stratford upon Avon (Stratford-upon-Avon) 41 rooms from $126Local exploring - A historic hotel in a historic market-town. Find yourself within walking distance of many of the areas best sights.Theatre - Watch the famed Royal Shakespeare Company perform in their own theatre.Sights nearby - Visit the house where the world’s most famous playwright - Shakespeare - was born and grew up.Restaurant - There's a wide range of food on offer from pre-theatre menus to a la carte dining
An historic hotel situated in the pretty market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Beautifully restored, the property has kept its original charm, including a mural dating back to 1450. An atmospheric wood panelled restaurant serves up superlative British fare. A charming stay. See More
The Bell at Alderminster Stratford upon Avon (Alderminster) 9 rooms from $128Local exploring - A great base for exploring the countryside surrounding Stratford-upon-Avon.Great walks - The surrounding countryside has beautiful walking routes.Sights nearby - Visit the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.Restaurant - Recommended.
Set amidst rolling Warwickshire landscape, The Bell at Alderminster is a charming country hotel. The smart rooms are comfortable and feature crisp colour schemes. Enjoy delicious food from the restaurant out in the garden or in the hotel's atmospheric dining room. See More
Church Street Townhouse Stratford upon Avon (Warwickshire) 12 rooms from $141Great walks - The Cotwswolds, a haven for ramblers are close by or why not embark on one of Stratford's walking tours.Sights nearby - Visit the birthplace of the bard and many of his family homes including the popular Mary Arden's Farm.Sailing - Take a long boat down the River Avon.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide
In the heart of the bustling, timber framed Stratford you will find this beautifully restored hotel. Rooms have a modern twist on classic boutique style with bold statement wallpapers and smart en suite bathrooms. Downstairs there's a good bar and gourmet bistro popular amongst locals. See More
Hotel du Vin Stratford upon Avon Stratford upon Avon (Stratford-upon-Avon) 46 rooms from $147Local exploring - Ideally placed a short walk from the shopping streets and 10 minutes’ to the riverside Royal Shakespeare TheatreGreat walks - Anne Hathaway's Garden - 9 acres of gardens and grounds including a lavender maze, a woodland walk and the Shakespeare arboretumSights nearby - Discover numerous sights nearby including Shakespeare's Schoolroom, Hall's Croft, Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Guild ChapelDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
An Edwardian red-brick townhouse featuring plush velveteen upholstery, contemporary art and a trendy palette of midnight blues and charcoal greys. Rooms are hip and cosy with statement wallpapers and sumptuous woollen throws. The top-notch French bistro cuisine is also not to be missed! See More
Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon Stratford upon Avon 93 rooms from $160Theatre - The Royal Shakespeare Theatres are just two minutes away on foot making the hotel a great option for those travelling for a showFoodies - The restaurant is a real lure with carefully sourced produce including the likes of muntjac, roe and fallow deer on the menuRestaurant - Contemporary British cuisine is served in Woodsman restaurant. There's also the option of private dining and a high teaSights nearby - Visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shakespeare's Birthplace, and Warwick Castle
A characterful historic hotel well positioned just steps from Stratford-upon-Avon's famed theatres. Rooms are split across the old building & a new extension. Both are luxurious but the older ones benefit from period features. With a particularly good restaurant, this is ideal for theatre goers. See More
Ettington Park Hotel Stratford upon Avon (Alderminster) 48 rooms from $160Sights nearby - Only six miles from Stratford upon Avon, and ideal base for exploring the CotswoldsRestaurant - The Oak Room restaurant has 2 AA RosettesSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolTraditional
Neo-Gothic mansion turned country house hotel just six miles from Stratford upon Avon. Perfect for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or simply exploring the Cotswolds. Spacious and well appointed bedrooms, plus swimming pool and 2 AA Rosette dining. See More
Baraset Barn Stratford upon Avon 16 rooms from $179Local exploring - With a popular restaurant and Stratford-upon-Avon's RSC theatres nearby this is ideal for those visiting for a showCountry Escape - Set in a scenic rural spot with pretty walks and cycling opportunities in the areaRestaurant - The restaurant serves an innovative menu with Asian inspired dishesSights nearby - Take a tour of Warwick Castle located just 15 miles from the hotel
A popular restaurant with rooms set in a pretty rural setting just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. Rooms are chic and contemporary with statement headboards, plenty of light, and the best have terraces. The atmospheric restaurant serves dishes with an Asian twist. A good base for local exploring. See More
The Arden Hotel Stratford upon Avon (Stratford-upon-Avon) from $240ElegantGreat walks - With The Cotswolds in striking distance the quintessential british countryside is waiting to be exploredSights nearby - Explore the years of history in Warwick CastleTraditionalRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels
Set in the centre of the historical town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Rooms are spacious yet cosy with crisp cotton sheets and luxurious throws. The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre is just opposite so the bar and terrace are full of atmosphere. Don't forget the Cotswolds are on your doorstep..Perfect! See More