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Things to do in Stratford

Entertain the whole family on a day trip or a longer visit.

Stratford-upon-Avon is most famous for being the birthplace and beloved home town of William Shakespeare, but there may be more things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon than you realise. Now a bustling market town, Stratford is steeped in charm and history, offering the perfect destination for life-long Shakespeare lovers and the unconverted alike!

In between visits to Shakespeare’s family homes, hunt for treasures in the vibrant mix of independent, boutique and high street stores of Stratford’s pretty town centre. When you’re ready to refuel you’ll find a fantastic choice of tea rooms, restaurants and bars.

Sit back and relax on the banks of the River Avon or gain a whole new perspective from the water, with your choice of boat hire and river cruises. Look out for local events in the riverside area of Bancroft Gardens and soak up the community atmosphere at a range of music festivals, farmers markets and more.

Take a walking tour, hop onto an open top bus or hire a bicycle to explore further afield, including a pleasant stroll from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre to the beautifully picturesque Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

Theatre lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to experience the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company in its home setting, with a variety of performances from today’s writers as well as the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Other indoor attractions include Stratford Butterfly Farm and the MAD Museum, so there’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied in any weather.

To discover even more things to do in Warwickshire and for other recommendations to help plan your stay, visit the Shakespeare’s England website.

For a short family break in Shakespeare's Warwickshire, take a look at the great value offers that are available through our partnership with Stay, Play and Explore. With accommodation and a choice of three places to visit from a selection of eleven attractions there is plenty to keep all of the family happy.

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