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Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

So, you’re gearing up for a trip to the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon? Well, you’re going to be in for a real treat! The Wroxton is an ideal hotel to base yourself, being only 17 miles from Stratford and set in a beautiful thatched village.

Stratford-upon-Avon isn’t just about Shakespeare (though he is a pretty big deal here). Actually, there’s loads more to see and do here. So, while you’re preparing for your upcoming trip, here are some things that you just won’t want to miss out on!

Get to Know Shakespeare at His Birthplace

First things first, swing by Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street. It’s actually pretty incredible because you can actually step inside the very house where the bard himself was born and raised. It’s like taking a journey back in time, with so many enchanting artefacts on display and beautiful gardens to wander through.

Take a Stroll by the River

You can’t visit Stratford-upon-Avon without taking a leisurely stroll along the River Avon. It’s super scenic and just downright peaceful. Think quaint footbridges, lush greenery, and that classic English vibe that’s hard to beat. Seriously, it’s just so picture-perfect, and it’ll feel as if you’re being swept into a fairy tale.

Feel the Romance at Anne Hathaway Cottage

Are you getting a dose of sweet romance? Well, you can head over to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and get lost in the story of Shakespeare’s leading lady. This Tudor cottage is straight out of a fairy tale—it truly feels like you’re being swept right into a lovely fantasy! It’s surrounded by gardens that are just begging to be explored.

Catch a Shakespearean Play

If you’re a fan of the Bard (or even if you’re not), you have to do at least one quintessential Shakespeare activity here, so why not see a play? The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is an absolute must! These guys know how to put on a show, and seeing a Shakespearean play in the town where it all began is an experience you won’t forget.

Shop ‘til You Drop

Why not take some time to wander around? Get yourself lost in the charming streets and check out the local shops and markets! They’re absolutely adorable, and you’re going to find plenty of unique gifts and even some handmade crafts. But overall, the atmosphere is just buzzing with that small-town charm that every visitor needs to experience.

Visit Holy Trinity Church

This beautiful church is loaded with history, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’d like to pay your respects at Shakespeare’s graveside.

Treat Yourself to Afternoon Tea

When in doubt, afternoon tea is always a great idea! You definitely deserve to treat yourself every once in a while, so why not indulge in some scones, little finger sandwiches, and a whole lot of tea at one of the town’s elegant tearooms? Better yet, why not at one of the historic hotels, like the Wroxton? It’s a great way to relax while you’re visiting!

Take a Boat Trip

If you’re looking for a different perspective on the town, hop on a boat and cruise alone the River Avon. It’s a great way to see the lovely sights from a whole new angle, plus you’ll get to enjoy some of the gorgeous countryside scenery, too. Now, who wouldn’t love that?!

Walking Tours

Looking for a guided or bespoke tour. There are many companies offering a range of walking tours for small and large groups, on a day and time of choice.  In addition to the Town Walk and Ghost Walk, how about a ‘Town Walk with ghost stories’, or a non-Shakespeare walk ‘Walking Without Will’ (no mention of William Shakespeare).