Stratford-Upon-Avon is a very typically traditional British town in Warwickshire. As well as being picturesque, it's also heavily linked to Shakespearian history- William Shakespeare was born here and you can visit his birthplace. It's one of those places which has a kind of charm to it, and despite the fact that I've been there a number of times, it doesn't get old. It can get very busy during peak seasons, but less so than the hoards of tourists found in London. Whether you want to get heavily involved sight-seeing or are after shops and tearooms, Stratford* is a good place for everyone. 

*not to be confused with Stratford, London!

Shakespeare's Birthplace

This can be found on Henley Street, one of the 'main' streets in Stratford. Shakespeare was born here and lived there for a lot of his life. It can be quite expensive for entry, but discounts are offered if you want to visit the other Shakespeare sites in town. There are costumed guides and live performances inside. 

The Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company is based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, so a trip to the theatre is a must. The productions here are incredible, and the auditoriums here offer experiences you don't always get elsewhere (speaking as a drama teacher). My favourite performance I saw here has to be Wendy and Peter last Christmas: the set was brilliant, the physical theatre by the Shadows was the best I've seen and there was a lot of flying involved!

Other Attractions

Truth be told, I would recommend walking around Stratford, seeing what you want to do and choosing that way. There are so many things which would be of interest to different groups of people, and we're still finding things that are different to visit! There are quite often street markets or antique fairs, and the town itself is pretty enough to wander around. Places I've been to in the past to visit include: The Creaky Cauldron (Harry Potter-ish experience); Beatrix Potter themed shop, Timeless Tales; an all year round Christmas Shop, and various Shakespeare themed gift shops, all also on Henley Street.

The Canal

Outside the RSC theatre is the canalside, which is beautiful at this time of year and a really nice place to take a walk. The great thing about Stratford is that it's all within easy walking distance.

Tearooms

There are many, many great tearooms to pick from in Stratford, and most do Afternoon Tea as well. My favourites are The Food of Love on Henley Street for their Crepes:

Hobsons a bit further down for their really good Cream Scones:

and The Fourteas Cafe on Sheep Street, which is a vintage style tearoom with everything set in the 1940s. There's even history in the bathroom posters!

Getting to Stratford-Upon-Avon

It's well connected with bus and rail links in town to Birmingham and London and the nearest airport is Birmingham International. We usually drive in and park, and rarely have had problems even in peak seasons. 

Weather

Typical British weather- bring a brolly and a coat just in case, but the advantage of Stratford is that there's so many tearooms that if it does start raining, it's just an excuse for cake and coffee! 

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