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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Exciting things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Most visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon come because of the William Shakespeare connection - this is the birthplace of the famous playwright and you can visit his childhood home, his final resting place (Holy Trinity Church), Anne Hathaway's Cottage and many other historic buildings which are connected to the playwright. These are some of the most visited attractions in the town. But this beautiful market town has much more to offer to its visitors. Other popular attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon include the Mechanical Art and Design (MAD) Museum, Butterfly Farm (where you can get really close to exotic butterflies) and Tudor's World - The Falstaff's Experience where you can enjoy a scary insight into the life of Tudors. Hiring a boat (rowing boats, self-drive motor boats and canoes) on the river Avon is also very popular activity with visitors especially when the weather is nice and sunny.

Exciting things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Exciting things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon



A visit to Stratford-upon-Avon would be incomplete without a visit to the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). You have to see a play at the theatre. It is an amazing experience. The setting, the actors, the ambience  - everything is fabulous. On our recent visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, we went to see Vice Versa at the theatre and it was one of the highlights of our visit. The production was fantastic - a total laugh riot and the talented actors portrayed the characters beautifully and with a lot of passion. If you've never been to a play, then I recommend that you put this on your 'must-do' list while visiting Stratford-upon-Avon.

Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon

Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon

Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon

Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon

Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon

Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon


With permanently moored barges selling food and drinks, a smart restaurant boat, a number of pubs and cafes around, beautiful gardens and picnic spots, and the Royal Shakespeare Company nearby, the Canal Basin is a lively and vibrant part of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is one of my favourite places in the town. It is always buzzing with activity and is the ideal place to begin your visit to Stratford and its many attractions. Recently a big wheel was installed near the basin and it offers far-reaching views of the town and surroundings. The wheel will be there until the end of September and is proving to be very popular.

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon


Stratford-upon-Avon is a great place for a day trip and an equally good choice for longer holidays. The town has lots of great things (for kids and adults alike) and would make for the perfect place to enjoy school holidays and even bank holiday weekends. For more information on attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon, places to eat & drink and accommodation options, visit Shakespeare's England.

The Canal Basin in Stratford upon Avon

*Thank you RSC for arranging our visit to watch Vice Versa.

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21 comments :

  1. Such a pretty town. I really must visit some time

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  2. I only live about 30 miles away from Stratford, but haven't visited for many years. This has inspired me to visit again .. such an interesting and beautiful place.

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  3. I have never been to Stratford but I would like to go there to see a play.

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  4. christine shelley5 September 2017 at 09:56

    I'd forgotten what agreat place it is

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  5. I have never been to Stratford but after reading this it will certainly be on our list to visit next year

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  6. This is on my tick list of places I must visit. As my daughter is into drama, we'd visit the theatre.

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  7. You can see how the Bard was so inspired by the place. x

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  8. Stratford-Upon-Avon is certainly a place on my bucket list to visit! It looks beautiful and I love historical places and nothing could have more history than a place where William Shakespear was born!

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    1. We have visited Stratford-Upon-Avon many times and each time it is as fascinating as the first visit!

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  9. We love visiting Stratford, visiting Shakespeare's house and Anne Hathaway's cottage. We also went when I was studying A Levels, and watching Hamlet, with (I believe) John Nettles playing lead. A lovely place with a real sense of history.

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    1. I agree, it is a beautiful town with a lot of history!

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  10. Well! As a 12th ├žousin five times removed of Shakespeare, I'd always planned to visit but had no idea there was so much more! Great photos!

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    1. That connection would make your visit even more interesting!

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  11. Margaret Clarkson
    Great article and lovely photographs

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  12. Unfortunately a little to far to visit, which is a shame as I have always wanted to visit to see the plays, I was taught at school performed by the RSC

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  13. I love Shakespeare's plays and only live an hour or so from there so really should go!

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  14. It looks like a lovely place to visit! I'd love to go to the royal Shakespeare company and those barges are gorgeous.

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  15. What a lovely town, all kept so neatly & very pretty. Great blog post thank you

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  16. I didn't realise there was so much to do & see here! Definitely somewhere worth visiting!

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  17. Went here for my birthday a few yrs ago fab place

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  18. Looks a great place to visit with plenty to do

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