Situated in the heart of England, Stratford is a bustling medieval market town on the banks of the river Avon. With 800 years of history and culture to explore, Stratford upon Avon is ideal for short breaks or longer holidays and is a place you will want to come back to again and again. Choose to immerse yourself in the rich and varied history of the town or explore the stunning English countryside and nearby towns of Warwick and Leamington Spa.
A visit to Stratford may find you wandering through medieval streets, browsing in the local markets or simply enjoying a relaxing meal in one of the many top class pubs and restaurants. Discover the Sixteenth Century houses linked to the Shakespeare family including Anne Hathaway's cottage and Mary Arden's farm, or indulge your cultural side by taking in a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Shoppers will enjoy the fine mix of well known high street names, jostling for space with local independent traders selling everything from gorgeous handmade jewellery to vintage clothing. The town centre is compact and easy to get around, so plan to spend a fair amount of time browsing for that perfect gift, or just something special for yourself.
Regular farmers markets are held in the town, as well as seasonal craft events,culminating in a spectacular Christmas market from the end of November.
There's plenty to keep the kids amused. Stratford Butterfly Farm houses the largest display of tropical butterflies in the UK. Kids of all ages will love the Mad Museum where interactive,creative activities will get them involved in design and technology. or experience the sights, sounds and smells of Shakespeare's England at the Tudor History museum. For something a bit different, try the evening Stratford Ghost walk and learn about the darker side of the town's history, if you dare.
Whenever you are planning your stay, Stratford has accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Choose from 5 star Country House hotels, cosy bed and breakfast, or the convenience of self catering - ideal for families and groups. When it comes to eating out, Stratford has it all, with a quite simply superb range of dining options from fine dining to coffee shops and traditional pub food. Well known chains sit easily alongside local independent restaurants to offer an exciting culinary adventure, guaranteed to tempt even the fussiest palate.
As well as its fascinating history and culture, Stratford is a great place to relax,and unwind with friends. Dance the night away and enjoy live music at No.1 Shakespeare Street or the exotic Caz Bar club, or sample the local offerings in a range of traditional cosy English pubs where you will always be assured of a warm welcome.
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