Famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the medieval market town of Stratford-Upon-Avon resides in the historical county of Warwickshire in the heart of England.
Just two hours north west of central London via road or rail, Stratford-Upon-Avon is easily accessible for both national and international visitors.
Here’s six places you should definitely consider exploring on a future trip with friends of family…
1. The Fourteas
After a morning of travel, fuel your day with a hearty lunch at The Fourteas on Sheep Street.
This quirky café is a real gem, crammed full of vintage memorabilia from the 1940’s war-era.
With a traditional café layout downstairs, I was surprised to discover this cosy spot upstairs where you could also enjoy lunch.
It seems no expense has been spared to make this a truly authentic experience, even the menu’s are ration books!
My party and I enjoyed the scrambled eggs, cream tea and this rather impressive tower of sandwiches.
If you’re feeling indulgent they also serve a traditional British afternoon tea that some diners appeared to be enjoying for birthday’s and anniversaries.
Even if it’s not warm enough to dine in the garden, take a look at the anderson shelter – it’s a great photo opportunity!
The Fourteas sets the tone perfectly for rest of the day’s adventures.
2. Tudor World
The architecture in the town is spectacularly quirky with beautifully preserved medieval timber buildings. It’s easy to imagine how this place would have looked hundreds of years ago in the Tudor era…
Like the War, the Tudor period is another fascinating time in Britain’s history – largely down to the turbulent reign of King Henry VIII.
To explore this era further, visit Tudor World (across the road from the Fourteas).
On entry I was given a card with a real life Tudor story to connect with. It’s a fun little touch that’ll no doubt arouse curiosity and have you comparing stories.
Similar to the Fourteas, you’ll be immersed into this time period the moment you step onto the old cobbled street. Little is out of bounds – you can sit at the banquet table, ascend the throne or attempt to write with a quill.
The large 12th century house also claims to be one of the most haunted in England so thrill seekers will no doubt enjoy the ghost tours in the week leading up to Halloween (more info click here).
3. William Shakespeare’s Birthplace
William Shakespeare needs no introduction for his famous playwrights, and many flock to Stratford-Upon-Avon to see where his life began.
The ‘Shakespeare Aloud!’ cast brings the whole experience to life by reciting Shakespeare’s plays and inviting your participation too!
For October half term, the house will also be ‘haunted’ by some of Shakespeare’s famous spooky characters.
4. The Holy Trinity Church
Shrouded by the tall trees on the banks of the river Avon, the church is the resting place of Shakespeare and his family. For a donation, you can see the gravestones and Shakespeare’s memorial.
The beautiful church is worth touring itself for the beautiful stained glass windows and nave.
5. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
For those staying into the evening or overnight, why not complete your Shakespeare experience with a show at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre?
There’s a variety of shows to delight both thespians and novices like me – ‘Henry V‘, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ and ‘Hamlet‘ have all been performed here.
If you’ve no time, have a wander inside and visit the café for a tea or coffee, it’s in a beautiful spot overlooking the river.
6. The River Avon
The pace of life around here is so relaxing!
On a fine day you’ll likely spot many people (and swans) at leisure watching the steady stream of passing boats or writing in journals.
I like to think many writers come here for some quiet time after being inspired by the sites of the town.
From the canal you can catch a river cruise or dine in The Countess of Evesham, a restaurant boat that offers cream tea cruises and buffet lunches.
Want a quick take out or snack to accompany your river walk? Nearby on the corner of Sheep Street is Barnaby’s that offers a very British chip shop affair.
There’s also a lovely gelato kitchen on the High Street called Horray’s near the historical Harvard House.
Let me know in the comment section or on social media what aspects you love about Stratford-Upon-Avon, or if you’d like anymore tips from my trip!
Feeling inspired to explore this beautiful town? Here’s a few handy things to remember…
By car: I parked in the NCP car park on Rother Street near the centre. Click here for information.
By train: Conveniently, the station is in walking distance of the centre via Alcester Road.
You’ll also find many coach companies offer excursions here, such as Leisuretime. Click here to view my historical city break to Oxford and Windsor with the company.