Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Exterior Gardens
Avon Boating - River Avon


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Take a romantic trip in Shakespeare’s England. Discover where the writer of Romeo and Juliet lived, worked and married his own sweetheart Anne Hathaway. Take a stroll together through Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens or idle away an hour or two on the River Avon with Avon Boating and relax in your own private gondola. At night, see how Shakespeare plays should really be performed, by the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company , at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and treat yourselves to a cocktail in the Rooftop Restaurant. Soak up the ambience, atmosphere and fairytale romance of this historic destination and cosy-up in one of the many pubs and hotels with warming log fires in quintessential English surroundings. In the heart of the country, Shakespeare’s England is a romantic retreat for lovers and poets alike.

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Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Exterior Gardens

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of Shakespeare’s bride-to-be, is the most romantic of the Shakespeare houses. Savour the rural beauty of the place where Anne grew up and lived for many years. The pretty thatched farmhouse has stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs during the summer months. The location where William courted his future bride is in Shottery, a hamlet within the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Just over one mile from the town centre, it can be easily accessed via a pleasant, well sign-posted footpath. Explore this charming old cottage, home to the Hathaway’s for…

Avon Boating - River Avon

Avon Boating

Established in 1898, Avon Boating is one of England’s oldest and largest traditional boating companies, offering boats for hire on one of the finest rivers in the country, the Avon at Stratford-upon-Avon. It operates a fleet of classic Edwardian passenger vessels on regular public cruises from the Bancroft Gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and offers a variety of private cruises for groups. From the old boathouse on the edge of the river bank, it hires out rowing boats, punts, and self-drive motor boats for those wanting to explore the further reaches of the river independently. There are also…

Royal Shakespeare Company

One of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon. Showcasing two thrust stage auditoria, the 1,000 seat Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 450 seat Swan Theatre, bring audiences and actors closer together in the best possible setting to experience live theatre. If you don’t have time to see a performance then why not enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the award-winning The Play’s The Thing exhibition, relax with a coffee at The Other…

Rooftop Restaurant

Enjoy the very best of British food in contemporary and stylish surroundings For great food and stunning views whatever the occasion visit the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar. Rooftop is the perfect place for lunch, afternoon tea, pre-show dining, a family celebration or a night out with friends. On the third floor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with stunning views over the River Avon and Bancroft Gardens and an extensive wine list, you don’t need to be seeing a show to eat at the Rooftop Restaurant – just an appetite! Menus change regularly and all our dishes are available as half…