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Swan’s Nest Hotel


The Swan’s Nest Hotel offers the best of both worlds: a comfortable haven located far enough from the hustle and bustle to offer peaceful relaxation while being a very short, level walk across the river from the historic heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Guests can meander from its riverside entrance and be at the door of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a matter of minutes!

Dating back to the late 17th Century, the Swan’s Nest was originally ‘The Bear’, a name retained by the atmospheric freehouse – with a blazing central fireplace – which is part of the hotel. Two of the earliest brick houses in Stratford provided the foundations for today’s Swan’s Nest, which has 72 bedrooms, from comfortable Club Doubles to spacious, sumptuous suites.

The Bear and Le Bistrot Pierre, with riverside views, provide on-site dining options, and the Swan’s Nest is also dog-friendly, making it the perfect base from which to explore the many wonderful walks available on the Cotswolds – without having to leave your pets at home.

Visitor Info

Swan’s Nest Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Shakespeare Country.

  • Easy access from London and M40
  • Just 27 miles from Birmingham International Airport
  • Shakespeare’s Stratford on your doorstep
  • Perfect base to explore the Cotswolds
  • Parking available (£5 charge)


The hotel offers a selection of accessible rooms for guests with impaired mobility.

Please call the hotel direct for details.

Conferences & meetings



Selection of dog friendly rooms

The Bear Freehouse

Le Bistrot Pierre Restaurant

24-hour reception

Food & Drink

Le Bistrot Pierre: Whether you want to enjoy a traditional English breakfast or indulge in delectable French bistrot classics, Le Bistrot Pierre has an excellent variety of menus and dishes.

The Bear Free house: A traditional English pub serving classic pub food with top quality ingredients and a fantastic range of ales, lagers, spirits and wines.