Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare, Ghosts and More
As the hometown of the famous playwright, William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon isn’t just a travel destination for English literature fans. This adorable village offers spooky attractions and plenty of outdoor activities as well.
Small, compact and completely picturesque, the town of Stratford-upon-Avon is easy to walk around in and see all the main attractions. The most popular sites are the five separate houses located throughout the town that are related to William Shakespeare and his family. For a bargain, you can obtain a ticket for all five houses that is good for a whole year.
The well-preserved 16th century houses include Shakespeare’s Birthplace where the playwright was born and raised. The beautiful Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens is the site of Shakespeare’s wife’s home before she married the Bard. Mary Arden’s Farm is the former home of Shakespeare’s mother-in-law and is a working Tudor farm with plenty of fun activities. The homes of Shakespeare’s daughter, Hall’s Croft, and his granddaughter, Nash’s House, are also well worth checking out.
Holy Trinity Church
Situated near the River Avon, this quaint church is one of the most visited parish churches in England because it is where Shakespeare is buried.
St. Peter’s Church
A beautiful old stone church, St. Peter’s Church is the oldest in the region and offers panoramic views of the area.
This award-winning attraction is a 500-year old half-timber building that was frequented by Shakespeare when visiting friends. Believed to be haunted by many, this building is now an interactive museum where you can experience the dark life of the Tudors as well as spooky ghost tours.
Arts and Culture
In the hometown of William Shakespeare, you can expect to see many theatres, and you won’t be disappointed. Recently refurbished, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is one of the most prestigious theatres in Great Britain. Conveniently located by hotel accommodations, the theatre is a great place to watch stellar performances of Shakespeare’s plays or simply enjoy an interesting tour of the place.
Stratford-upon-Avon offers other esteemed venues as well such as the Swan Theatre and the Waterside Theatre.
Stratford-upon-Avon is not all about Shakespeare. Situated on the scenic River Avon, this pretty little town offers plenty of leisure and outdoor activities such as biking and walking along the river. You can also picnic along the riverbanks and feed the many ducks and swans that call the river home. You can also opt for a boat cruise on the river.
The town also features a five-mile walking and cycling path called The Greenway. Golfers will find a lovely golf course and mini-golf course nearby. Additionally, you can watch a horse race at the local race track that also offers various activities for kids.
A the Stratford Butterfly Farm, you can walk through a recreated tropical rainforest to see numerous butterfly species, exotic birds, fish ponds, waterfalls and a myriad of other insect species.
While it is often cloudy and rainy throughout the year, Stratford-upon-Avon offers comfortable weather all year. Normally, temperatures never get too hot or too cold.
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