Stratford-upon-Avon City Breaks

There is no possible way you can write a city guide about a Stratford-Upon-Avon city break without mentioning William Shakespeare. Of course this city is most famous for being the birthplace of the bard. However, Stratford-Upon-Avon has much more to offer, like the beautiful surrounding countryside, banks of the river Avon and Mechanical Art & Design Museum. In this guide, we make it easy for you to find out what to do, where to stay and where to eat on your city break in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

In a Nutshell

Stratford-Upon-Avon is mostly known for being the birthplace of playwright and poet William Shakespeare. The town receives around 2.5 million tourists every year, largely due to this fact. Additionally, It has easy access to and from London, as it is only 2 hours by train or 3.5 hours on a coach that will only cost you £7. Stratford-Upon-Avon has many surrounding attractions, like the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire and Warwick Castle which make it an attractive place to visit for many. Whether you visit with your family, as a couple or alone, there is something to enjoy for all.

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Things to see and do:


  1. Walk around the town in a guided walking tour with Stratford Town Walk. For only £6 you will be taken on a 2-hour walking tour where the guide will explain and tell you interesting facts about the bard’s birthplace.
  2. Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Take a mile-long walk from Stratford-Upon-Avon to the place where Shakespeare’s wife grew up and what is called the most romantic cottage in the country. Explore the cottage with its original furniture, walk around the beautiful gardens and have a lovely afternoon tea in the garden café. You can book tickets here.
  3. Pay a visit to the MAD-museum: Mechanical Art and Design. Adult tickets are £7.80, children £5.20 and kids under 5 go free. As the UK’s only venue for mechanical art, the MAD-museum is unique and worth a visit (especially when the weather is being typically British). With lots of events on, the museum is highly interesting for kids.

See Jennifer L Scott’s video below for a visual tour of the beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon:

Hidden gems:

  1. Stratford Town Walk organises a Ghost Town Walk every Saturday evening from 7.30pm to approximately 9pm. The cost of this is £7, but the ticket comes with 5 discount vouchers that you can use in attractions, shops and restaurants around Stratford-Upon-Avon.
  2. If you are planning a Stratford-Upon-Avon city break, it will be worth booking this in mid April. As Shakespeare was born on 23 April, the town’s literary festival takes place in the week surrounding this date. There are many activities for both adults and kids and in April it is very likely you can enjoy the town in the sunshine.
  3. A visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon is not complete without seeing one of Shakespeare’s plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Check the website for the ever changing programme of shows.
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Where to stay:

What is so great about finding a place to stay in Stratford-Upon-Avon, is that the town caters for everyone. Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel, a hostel, pub-hotel or even a campsite, there is an endless amount of options available. Use our city break hotel search or see our highlighted picks below:

  1. The White Swan Hotel. This four-star hotel is run by Fullers, and is the most beautiful pub-hotel in the country. Situated in the heart of Statford-Upon-Avon, you will find a traditional pub at the front and stylish hotel in the back. With its cosy fireplace and boardgames, The White Swan Hotel is perfect for both families and couples visiting the hotel. Get the best prices here.
  2. Green Haven Guest House. A quality four-star B&B located only a ten minute stroll away from the centre. With a cricket pitch, indoor tennis courts, a football field, squash courts and a dart board, this guest house is the perfect place for active people or families with kids. Check their availability and best prices here.
  3. Church Street Townhouse. This four-start Townhouse feels like a luxury hotel. With their beautiful bedrooms and luxury bathrooms, it comes to no surprise Church Street Townhouse is rated in The Times Best Places to Stay 2017. With both a bar and a restaurant in the hotel and minutes away from bars and clubs, this Townhouse is perfect for people who want to discover the nightlife Stratford-Upon-Avon has to offer. Click here for discounted offers.
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Where to eat and drink:

  • No. 9 Church Street is one of the most famous restaurants in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Award-winning chef Wayne Thompson rules the kitchen that cooks great British dishes with a twist. They offer pre-theatre menus, which is perfect if you are visiting the Royal Shakespeare Company that is a five-minute stroll away. Book a table here.
  • There are not many places in the UK where you find Greek, Italian and Spanish cuisine in one, let alone in Stratford-Upon-Avon. But El Greco offers beautiful dishes inspired by these three countries, including a 22-course mezze option. Enquire about a table here.
  • If you are looking for something unique, why not try dining on a 70-foot long cruiser called the Countess of Evesham. It travels down the Avon to Luddington and back while you are enjoying your meal and drink. It is not just a novelty, as with dishes such as homemade chicken liver pâté or a wild mushroom risotto you will enjoy your food as much as the view. Book your table here.

You can get more information for your Stratford-upon-Avon city break on our tourist information page.

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