Visit Stratford-upon-Avon

Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, a world class destination, famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Stratford-upon-Avon is internationally renowned for being home to the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare houses: five beautifully preserved Tudor homes and gardens which are all directly linked with William Shakespeare and his family.

In the heart of England and surrounded by glorious countryside,  Stratford-upon-Avon is a quintessentially pretty English town and a stroll through the streets lined with historic buildings, is a wonderful way to while away the hours. The River Avon runs through the heart of this historic town, so why not visit and soak up the atmosphere of this buzzing cultural town riverside and either take a boat trip or simply relax with a picnic and enjoy the river views. 

Well known for a fantastic variety of restaurants, bars and tea-rooms, foodies will be spoilt for choice with the selection of fine dining options on offer. Visit Food and Drink for information on the best places to eat and drink in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Stratford-upon-Avon is a thriving market town, with weekly farmers markets and fantastic Christmas markets. For all year round shopping there is a great variety for shops from independent retailers, to well known high street names. 

In the surrounding countryside and historic towns you will find plenty to do to suit all tastes and all budgets.  From unique attractions, theatres, historic buildings, museums, galleries and stately homes to idyllic villages, cycle paths, boat trips and guided walks, you will be spoilt for choice for things to see and do in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Things To Do for ideas on what to do during your visit. 


Plan your stay

Day 1

Wander around the historic homes of William Shakespeare and his family. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, Hall's Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm. The five houses offer a multi-layered experience for visitors as costumed interpreters bring history to life. Take a trip on a relaxing Bancroft Cruise on the River Avon or take in the sights with Avon Boating. Visit the MAD museum of kinetic art showcasing an exciting collection of machines incorporating gears, chains, pulleys and whirligig paraphernalia! Enjoy a matinee or evening of outstanding theatre performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Explore more of Straford-upon-Avon’s many attractions and stay overnight at one of Stratford’s wonderful hotels or B&B’s.

Day 2

Enjoy a wonderful guided tour of the town with the Stratford Town Walk. After this take a break from the Shakespearian splendour and have enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at Hathaway Tearooms. There are plenty of things to see and do throughout the town but if you want to step further afield travel, head to Compton Verney nearby and visit the art gallery housed in a Grade I listed Georgian mansion, surrounded by 120 acres of landscaped parkland. Enjoy over 2000 works of art from around the world and be enthralled by an exciting changing programme of exhibitions. 

How to get to Stratford-upon-Avon

Visit by car

Stratford-upon-Avon is a short drive from Junction 15 of the M40, giving good access to the M42, M5, M6 and M25.

Car parks

There is a large choice of fee-charging car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Accessible parking

There are many parking spaces around the town for disabled drivers provided by Stratford District Council  These are free of charge when displaying a current blue-badge.  Unless there is separate signage there is no time limit.  On-street parking is also free for disabled drivers whilst displaying a current blue-badge and these do not have a time limit.  Car parks operated by other organisations make charges for disabled drivers.

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Park and Ride

Stratford-upon-Avon's Park and Ride

Visit by train

You can travel directly to Stratford-upon-Avon train station from Birmingham (Snow Hill or Moor Street stations). Last train back to Birmingham, Monday – Friday, at 11.30pm. Direct trains from London Marylebone (via Warwick, Warwick Parkway, Leamington Spa, Banbury and Bicester North), with last train back to London, Monday – Friday, at 11.15pm. Taxis are available at Warwick and Leamington Spa stations. For National Rail Enquiries, call 08457 484950.

Visit by bus or coach

For details of local bus services from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon please ring 0870 608 2608. For local bus services from Oxford call 08705 808 080. For national enquiries, call 08705 808 080 or visit National Express Coaches.

By air

Stratford-upon-Avon is 30 minutes from Birmingham Airport. It is also easy to get to from London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports.

See the PDF's below for information from Accessible Stratford
Take a video tour of Shakespeare's home town

Watch the following video for a taster of all the great things to see in Stratford-upon-Avon -