It's where William Shakespeare was born – and where the famed bard chose to spend much of his adult life and retirement. Situated prettily on the rollicking River Avon, this small Warwickshire village is also an outstanding destination for the ultimate English vacation.
Whether you're heading to Stratford on a day trip or for a weekend break or if you're even planning to make the village your base for extended explorations of the English countryside, its hard to beat this to this quaint and cultured village when it comes to accessibility, history and charm.
Obviously while you're in Stratford you're going to want to catch some Shakespearean plays. Check the Royal Shakespeare Company's website –rsc.org.uk – for up to date information about what's on and coming soon. Still, there's plenty more to see and do upon the Avon! Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your visit.
Visit Shakespeare's birthplace, grave and more
Within the course of an afternoon, a leisurely stroll through Stratford yields a fun opportunity to visit the house where Shakespeare was born and grew up, the site of his last home (now an active archaeological dig), the house of his daughter and son-in-law and even his grave. Taking such a walking tour offers insights to the life of this poet and playwright while allowing you to take in the fresh air gardens and well preserved architecture of the town.
Check out the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website for more details about these locations.
Buy some handmade arts and crafts
TheArter is located inside Hall's Croft, the home of Shakespeare's daughter. It's a small boutique shop specializing in handmade arts and crafts by local contemporary designer-makers. From fused glass, colorful ceramics, recycled creations and knitted jewelry, to contemporary textiles and stunning millinery – this is not just another souvenir schlock retailer. It's a beautiful little retail space with super friendly staff chocked full of brilliant gifts and keepsakes you won't find anywhere else.
Have a local pint in a local pub
TheEncore is a huge establishment with meeting and private dining rooms, outdoor riverside seating and more - but still manages to retain a properly cozy country pub feel. Right on the Avon and just steps from the RSC theatres and most in town accommodations, it's an ideal setting for a quick pint (pre or post theatre – and there's a good chance you'll see some of the actors in your play there) or a proper sit down dinner … or just for getting off your feet for a few minutes during your romp around Stratford. While at the Encore, or any of Stratford's other great pubs, be sure to get a pint of a local ale. Purity Brewing Co's Pure UBU (4.5% ABV premium amber colored beer) is a tasty choice.
For a more comprehensive look at all things Stratford-upon-Avon visit stratford-upon-avon.co.uk.
Don't forget to 'Like us' on Facebook!
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
5 Ways To Save Money on Travels in GermanyComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
After spending a month in Spain, I touched down to Germany where my wallet received a rude awakening. Not only could I not find places to stay in a reasonable budget, but I also found costs in the country added up quickly. If I could do it all over again, I would have initially embraced these five ways to save money on a trip in Germany....read more
7 Things I've Learned about Air TravelComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Four flights and three countries in under a week – that's how my calendar's shaping up for the last bit of this month. So, in addition to all the stuff I'm packing in my suitcase, I'm going to bring the following time tested observations along with me....read more
Win a Trip to One of These Amazing Destinations in Asia!Comments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
When plotting a trip to Asia, it can be difficult for travelers to know which points on the map they should include as part of their itineraries. Most nomads begin with those cities in Asia with stand out highlights and attractions. Here are six cities in Asia that pack in the grand allures....read more
Win a Trip with OneTravel and Etihad AirwaysComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Oh, the places you’ll go! Whether you dream of strolling down Kochi’s historic Princess Street or gazing across Hong Kong’s glittering harbor, you could be a simple vote away from the trip of a lifetime....read more
4 High and Low Tech Tips For Protecting Your Identity AbroadComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
If you don’t want to be a victim of identity theft on your next trip abroad, here are four high and low tech tips to follow to make sure you are the only one looking at your bank account or using your passport....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2014 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.