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.