Stratford-Upon-Avon Tourist Information

RSC Theatre with swans on the River Avon in foreground
The RSC Theatre

Beautifully situated on the River Avon, Stratford-Upon-Avon has a number of attractions linked to the famous Bard.

Explore this historic market town and its surroundings and discover where Shakespeare was born and grew up, where he gained inspiration for his work, enjoyed a "few" drinks and even where he used to poach deer!

White half-timbered house - Mary Arden
Mary Arden's House

The Shakespeare Properties

There are five houses linked to Shakespeare and his family - all around Stratford-upon-Avon - where he was born, lived, worked and lies buried. In town visit Shakespeare's Birthplace. Hall's Croft where his daughter lived and Nash's House the home of his granddaughter.

Half-Timbered house - Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Birthplace

In the neighbouring village of Wilmcote visit Mary Arden's House - a rambling Tudor farmhouse which belonged to Shakespeare's mother.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage nestles in the village of Shottery, on the edge of Stratford, and was the family home of Shakespeare's wife.

Thatched cottage - Ann Hathaway
Ann Hathaway's Cottage at Shottery

In Stratford Old Town by the River Avon is Holy Trinity Church - one of the most beautiful parish churches in England - where you can visit Shakespeare's grave.

An easy way to find your way around the Shakespeare Properties is to take a tour on the hop-on, hop-off tour bus.

The Royal Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare country is also special because it is home to the internationally renowned Royal Shakespeare company (RSC).

Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the River Avon
The RSC Theatre

The RSC has long been recognised as the world's leading classical theatre company and its annual repertoire of productions features plays by Shakespeare, his contemporaries, other classical playwrights as well as many new plays specially commissioned by the RSC.

There are three very different RSC theatres in Stratford offering a magical mix of classical and modern drama with some of the best actors and directors in the world.

Take in an epic performance of a tragedy in the main Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Enjoy a comic masterpiece in the galleried Jacobean style Swan Theatre. Or sample a cutting-edge new play at The Other Place, the RSC's small scale studio theatre.

Statue of William Shakespeare, seated, on top of a column - Stratford-upon-Avon
Statue of William Shakespeare

The Other Side to Stratford

Most famous for its literary connections, Stratford is alive with culture and history.

View of Shakespeare
Holy Trinity Church - Burial Place of William Shakespeare

Superb shops, restaurants, a Friday market and floral displays complement its river setting, three theatres and wealth of other attractions.

Besides Shakespeare there is much to enjoy, from a day at Stratford Races to a guide Friday open top bus tour or boating on the River Avon.

Row of half-timbered almshouses in Stratford-upon-Avon
King Edwards School, Church Street

Families are in for a treat. A children's trail links the Shire horse centre, Butterfly Farm and Teddy Bear Museum with other attractions including the famous Ragdoll shop.

Brick Bridge over the River Avon
Bridge over the River Avon

The garden of Nash
Garden at Nash's House

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