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Shakespeare’s legacy is everywhere. His houses, and the homes of other members of his family, are open for the public to discover and enjoy, while the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre hosts renowned performances of the Bard’s celebrated works to this day.

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, although 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 — a must-see if you’re travelling with youngsters.

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

It’s a lovely steam train that chugs 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 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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Charlecote Park

A stay at 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 is nestled in a beautiful deer park overlooking the River Avon, giving you the opportunity to while away your day strolling through the delightful gardens, with their rare and exotic plants. Or, during colder months, explore the historic house, which is brought to life through cooking and costume re-enactments. 

RSC Theater

Take in a show at the 1,000+ seat RSC Stratford theatre, owned and operated by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Witness the retelling of the Bard’s famous works, including Romeo & Juliet, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, before strolling through the picturesque grounds, which stretch along the banks of the adjacent River Avon – perfectly located for a relaxing picnic on a warm summer’s day. 

Shakespeare's Birthplace

In the centre of Stratford, discover where the playwright was born and spent his early years. Find out about his parents, his upbringing, and his first five years as a married man.

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 artefacts, 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 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 best-loved 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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Caffeine and Machine

Coffee house, licensed bar and restaurant and living art gallery​.

Set in twelve lush acres outside the glorious city of Stratford-Upon-Avon, just a 10 minute drive from the hotel, C&M provides a convenient hub for any motorised scene. Family and pet-friendly, on any given day or night you can expect to see all sorts of eclectic machinery show up on the C&M parade ground 

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Stratford’s Racecourse

Stratford’s racecourse has hosted exhilarating steeplechases 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 one of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters, 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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