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Shakespeare’s legacy is everywhere. His houses, and the homes of other members of his family, are attractions open to the public, and the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre to this day hosts world-class performances of his works.

Yet, whilst Shakespeare is so intrinsically linked with the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, he’s not all that the town has to offer. In amongst historic houses and theatres you’ll find stunning floral gardens, parks and green spaces set on the River Avon’s banks. Walkers will find that the town’s surroundings will keep them occupied for days, though it’s also possible to enjoy a view from the air on a scenic pleasure flight.

Pass monuments, National Trust properties and a whole host of shops and pubs aboard a gondola. You won’t find a better activity for a romantic day out than a private boat ride followed by a meal in one of Stratford’s exceptional restaurants. At Charlecote Park, near the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, you can enjoy a picnic amidst a herd of fallow deer. At the Stratford Butterfly Farm you’ll see exotic butterflies and tropical plants creating a rainbow-coloured environment that you’ll want to capture on camera.

On a summer Sunday, treat that special someone to a trip aboard the Shakespeare Express.

It’s a lovely steam train that rushes through the countryside between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham, with food served on-board for passengers. Whether you’re served a full English breakfast, a traditional afternoon tea or a three-course dinner you’ll also have the option of a range of accompanying drinks including wines, beers and soft drinks for the duration of the journey. The Shakespeare Express offers a trip that takes an hour each way, from Stratford-Upon-Avon station.

However you choose to spend your time, you’ll experience history and will be treated to the delights of the Warwickshire countryside with plenty to see and do.

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Warwick Words History Festival Mon 2 Oct - Sun 8 Oct
Stratford Upon Avon’s The Mop Fair Wed 11 Oct - Thu 12 Oct
Autumn and Apple Day at Hill Close Gardens Sun 15 Oct
Warwick Bonfire & Fireworks Display Sat 4 Nov
Warwick Victorian Evening Thu 30 Nov
Carols at Warwick Castle Sat 16 Dec
Carols by Candlelight at St Mary’s Church Thu 21 Dec

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Charlecote Park

A visit to the Charlecote Pheasant would not be complete without a trip to Charlecote Park to take in the herds of fallow deer and Jacob sheep! This National Trust Victorian home nestled in a beautiful deer park overlooking the river Avon gives you the opportunity to while away your day strolling through the delightful gardens with rare plants and herbaceous plants or explore the historic house which has been brought to life through cooking and costume.

RSC Theater

The Royal Shakespeare Company Theater is a great place to visit with plenty to see and do or take in a show in their 1,000+ seat theatre owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company dedicated to the poet and playwright William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

In Stratford-Upon-Avon, you can see where the playwright was born and spent his early years. Find out about his parents, and his first five years of marriage.

The Shakespeare Exhibition provides an abundance of information about his experiences, as actors bring some of his most famous scenes to life. The house is set in lovely gardens, and there are plenty of interactive things to do.

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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare’s wife, and lived in the lovely village of Shottery just a mile from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage was her childhood home prior to her marriage, and is a picturesque thatched building that’s been described as England’s most romantic property. Gardens which come to life in the spring with colourful daffodils, and rooms which are filled with interesting objects and artifacts including a finely carved oak bed make this a wonderful place for a woodland walk and educational day out.

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The Butterfly Farm

More than just a butterfly farm, this popular Stratford-upon-Avon attraction has been welcoming visitors since 1985.

A large greenhouse contains landscaped gardens with tropical plants, exotic butterflies and colourful birds. There’s also Arachnoland, home to spiders and scorpions, and a gift shop where you can buy plants and souvenirs.

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Holy Trinity Church

This Stratford-upon-Avon church includes a graveyard where Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway are buried.

You’ll also see the graves of other members of the family including their daughter Susanna Shakespeare and her husband Dr John Hall, and Susanna’s son-in-law Thomas Nash. The church sits on the banks of the River Avon, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in the country.

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Boat Trips on the River Avon

Hire a boat and enjoy a day on the River Avon, or book your place on a lovely cruise that offers a water-based tour of the Stratford-upon-Avon scenery and the town’s biggest landmarks.

Boats depart regularly from the Bancroft Gardens, whilst self-drive motor boats and little rowing boats are available for you to use seven days a week during the summer months.

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Stratford’s Racecourse

Stratford’s racecourse has been a home of steeple chasing since 1755.

It’s one of the country’s best small racecourses, and hosts summer race days that are perfect for families. Viewing boxes are available for corporate entertainment, and there are conference facilities on site.

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Tudor World / The Falstaff Experience

An award-winning attraction, this venue is named after Shakespeare’s best loved character based on the owner of a 16th century inn.

The attraction is built on the site of that inn, and offers an interactive experience with ghost tours, character actors and a varied calendar of events. It’s a family-friendly place where all ages can learn about Shakespeare, life in Tudor times and how John Falstaff would have lived.

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