Things to do in Stratford upon Avon
Stratford upon Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and is steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside and on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK.
The town has much to offer including the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatres. There are five Shakespearean properties in and around Stratford upon Avon. Three are within the town centre; The Birthplace, Nash's House and Halls Croft. The other two are situated just out of town, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm.
For those looking to explore further afield, the nearby Cotswolds provide some of the UK's most beautiful villages, with excellent walks, river pursuits and restaurants. Historic Warwick and the stunning Warwick Castle are a short drive away. By train, Birmingham, Oxford and London are all easily accessible.
Our favourite places to eat and drink…
RSC Rooftop Restaurant, a real treat to dine in the theatre building. Good set menu options.
Loxleys, Lambs, The Vintner, three lovely restaurants offering great food, quality wines and friendly service. All offer similar menus and are located on bustling Sheep Street in the heart of Stratford.
The Old Thatch, cosy, old pub serving traditional, home cooked food.
Giggling Squid, although a chain, consistently good Thai food with lovely staff.
Stratford Townhouse, one of our favourite places to eat and drink in Stratford. Buzzy atmosphere and consistently good food.
Il Moro, a family run restaurant serving authentic Sardinian cuisine.
Salt, fine dining. A treat for a special occasion.
No 9, next door to Salt. Another fine dining restaurant. The set lunch menu is good value.
Box Brownie, best coffee in town, make sure you have room for a brownie too.
Hooray’s, great ice cream parlour offering a huge selection of flavours.
The Bear, our local pub with an excellent range of real ales. Cosy log fires in winter, riverside tables in summer. Reasonably-priced food, served all day.
Stratford restaurants get very busy, particularly at weekends, so we would always recommend booking in advance.
Our favourite places to go nearby…
Compton Verney, a beautiful gallery set in 120 acres of parkland, designed by Capability Brown (about 20 mins by car).
Charlecote Park, a National Trust property set in glorious grounds roaming with deer (about 10 mins by car).
Hidcote, amazing National Trust arts and crafts garden (about 20 mins by car).
Chipping Campden, great for a mooch around the lovely shops and tea rooms (about 20 mins by car).
Coughton Court, an imposing Tudor house set in beautiful gardens with a collection of Catholic treasures. Owned by the National Trust and renowned for its links to the Gunpowder Plot. (About 25 minutes by car).