The historic Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful medieval town in the heart of England, the home of Shakespeare and close to the world-famous Cotswolds. There is much to see, do and explore here including interactive museums that will transport you back to the past, outdoor parks to soak up the tranquility, indoor play areas where little ones can play to their hearts content as well as numerous cycle routes, footpaths and treasure trails. Whatever the weather, be it with the family, friends or loved ones, there are plenty of things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon. Take a look at our top 10!
1. Take a City Sightseeing Tour
What better way to take in a new place than from the open-top of a City Sightseeing bus! Climb aboard a hop on/hop off tour of Stratford-upon-Avon to get your bearings and learn more about the area before visiting the top attractions and places at your leisure – there are stops near all the main attractions plus an audio tour in 7 languages.
2. Get to know Shakespeare
As most of you will know, Stratford-upon-Avon was the birthplace and home of the famous playwright, poet and actor, William Shakespeare. His former home still stands and is open to the public, as is his wife’s family home, Anne Hathaway’s, cottage. Step back in time and explore them at your leisure.
3. Discover Warwick Castle
A short 15 minute drive away lies the renown Warwick Castle. Built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, there is over 1,000 years of history on offer and makes for a fabulous day out. Learn about the many great battles fought here, enjoy live performances and be wowed by the magnificent birds of prey show.
4. Mini Golf
Pick up some clubs and tee off on one of England’s premier mini-golf courses. Located on the banks of the beautiful River Avon, Stratford Mini-Golf has hosted both the National and Midlands Mini-Golf open! Not the same as crazy golf, mini-golf will test your skills with an offering of tricky hazards, bumps and ramps – a really fun thing to do in Stratford-upon-Avon.
5. The Butterfly Farm
Spend a peaceful afternoon at the Butterfly Farm. The UK’s largest tropical paradise, here you will find a large greenhouse which is home to hundreds of exotic butterflies, all colourfully fluttering around waterfalls, lush green plants and pools filled with fish. For something more adventurous head to the Minibeast Metropolis, home to reptiles, insects, snakes and frogs – there are even handling sessions available for the extra-brave!
6. See the Holy Trinity Church
Dominating the Stratford-upon-Avon skyline, the ancient Holy Trinity Church dates back to the 13th Century and is the town’s oldest building. Lying on the banks of the pretty River Avon, it was here that Shakespeare was baptised, married and is buried – for this very reason, it is likely to be England’s most visited parish church. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Holy Trinity stained glass windows as well as Shakespeare’s grave.
7. Experience Tudor World
For some hands-on fun, learning and a tangible taste of the past, a visit to Tudor World is a must. This living history museum is perfectly placed in the town centre within a historic 16th Century Grade II Listed building. Enjoy interactive, atmospheric tours, take part in a written witch trial, sit upon a throne and dress up to find out what life was really like.
8. Take in a show at the RSC
We cannot recommend enough taking in a show at the iconic Royal Shakespeare Company. Located in a Grade II listed stage theatre, dedicated to William Shakespeare, enjoy a play by Shakespeare, his contemporaries or one of today’s rising stars. Explore the tower, refuel in the cafe and shop for souvenirs in the shop.
9.Explore the River Avon
The beautiful River Avon runs through Stratford Parks as well as the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. There are many walks and trails in the area however one of our favourites is the 2-mile circular River Avon walk. Starting and finishing at the pretty Bancroft Gardens, the walk centres around the River Avon, taking in some of the more notable historic and wildlife sites.
Stratford-upon-Avon racecourse makes for a thrilling and slightly different day out. The Racecourse has been in operation since 1755 and today it plays host to numerous races with plenty of top jockeys riding here. With prize money to be had, it’s a fun day out during the summer and there’s plenty of children’s entertainment too, plus kids go free!
There are so many other things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon from visiting the beautiful Bancroft Gardens, the quirky Mad Museum and The Big Wheel to strolling the historic streets, taking in the centuries of history or taking to the river for some fun on the water. With so much to see, do and experience during a holiday here, you’ll need to visit more than once!
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