Visit Stratford-upon-Avon

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

Internationally renowned for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare houses, five beautifully preserved Tudor homes and gardens, all directly linked with William Shakespeare and his family.  In the surrounding countryside and historic towns you will find something to suit all tastes and all budgets.  From unique attractions, historic buildings, museums and 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.

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's Park and Ride

Rosebird 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 27 miles from Birmingham Airport and 60 miles from East Midlands Airport. It is also convenient for Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to the south.

Plan your stay

Day 1

Wander around the historic homes of William Shakespeare and his family. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, Nash’s House & New Place, 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. Or explore more of Straford-upon-Avon’s many attractions or 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 Greek lunch at El Greco. There are plenty of things to see and do throughout the town but if you want to step further afield travel to Compton Verney to 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. After this return back to Stratoford-upon-Avon to take the opportunity to see the world class collection of arms and armour from across the world at the Stratford Armouries.

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 -