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Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace Ticket

1. Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace Ticket

Explore the life of William Shakespeare in the town where he was born and grew up in, on a visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. Your ticket will be valid for one admission to the property. William Shakespeare was born in this house and grew up here with his parents and siblings, spending the first five years of his marriage living here with his wife Anne Hathaway. John and Mary Shakespeare were wealthy enough to own the largest house on Henley Street. Visit the Famous Beyond Words exhibition and don't miss Shakespeare's second Folio. On entering the house, see the workshop where his father John ran his prestigious trade as a glovemaker. Don’t miss the Giant Wallbook of Shakespeare’s plays brought to life in chronological order. Simply scan your smartphone and watch the videos that bring Shakespeare's stories to life.

City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

As well as Britain's most famous playwright William Shakespeare and the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford is great for a day on the River and then chilling out in the evening in one of the many chic restaurants and bars in the centre of town. Travel to all the Shakespearean Houses: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House, New Place, Nash's House, and Hall's Croft. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre where the Bard's plays are performed for the majority of the year. The Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, protected by a cursed tombstone. The Old 15th Century Grammar School where Shakespeare was educated. You also get to enjoy a lovely tour through the scenic Warwickshire countryside, visiting Wilmcote, the village where Mary Arden's House (Shakespeare's mother) can be found. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Visitor Information Centre, Near Avon Boating Stop 2 - Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Shakespeare Center Stop 3 - Market Square and American Fountain Stop 4 - Shakespeare’s New Place/Harvard House & Guild Chapel Stop 5 - Royal Avon and Royal Shakespeare Theater Stop 6 - Halls Croft, Holy Trinity Church and Shakespeare's Grave Stop 7 - Evesham Place Stop 8 - Alcester Road Stop 9 - Anne Hathaways Cottage Stop 10 - Mary Arden's Farm is closed until September 8th Stop 11 - Maybird Shopping Center

Shakespeare's Story Tickets

3. Shakespeare's Story Tickets

Discover the people and places that shaped William Shakespeare, the ordinary boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who went on to do extraordinary things. Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare at the house where he was born. Hear captivating tales from the costumed guides, see live performances by the resident acting troupe, Shakespeare Aloud! and access the Famous Beyond Words exhibition. Relive the Tudor love story between Shakespeare and his bride-to-be at the 600-year old Anne Hathaway's Cottage. See original family furniture, including the four-poster bed and courting couch. Stroll the cottage gardens, heritage orchards and woodland walks. Visit the newest attraction on the Shakespeare trail at New Place, the site where his family home once stood. Meet the man behind the works in a fascinating new exhibition! Discover beautiful gardens and specially-commissioned artworks. Visit the Famous Beyond Words exhibition and don't miss Shakespeare's Second Folio. Explore his father's reputable trade in the glovemaker's workshop. Don’t miss the Giant Wallbook of Shakespeare’s plays brought to life in the order he wrote them.

Stratford upon Avon: The Dark Chronicles Horror Walking Tour

4. Stratford upon Avon: The Dark Chronicles Horror Walking Tour

Try something different for the night and embark on a horror walking tour of Stratford upon Avon's streets. Follow your guide through 2000 years of the town's darkest secrets and discover the terrifying and torturous stories that lie beneath the surface. Meet your guide as the sun sets and the ancient horrors of Stratford upon Avon's past awaken from their slumber. Walk the streets and hear the tales that expose the horrific underbelly of humanity. Pass by Shakespear's Birthplace, and hear how the famous playwright escaped the plague. Admire the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and learn of the many dark mishaps that have occurred there. Then, pass by the outside of the Holy Trinity Church and learn of the haunting stories from the Plague to mysteriously stolen skulls. As you walk along the River Avon, listen closely to hear the lost soul's who drowned there and get spooked by their stories. Scratch the surface of this beautiful town, and maybe never look into the mirror again.

London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds

5. London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds

Explore the region beyond London with a full-day excursion to sites of cultural and historical significance. First, you will head straight to Stonehenge, the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Marvel at the huge 40-ton Sarsens and the volcanic blue stones that were brought from the Preseli Mountains, located more than 280 miles away. Next, visit the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. You'll have plenty of time to shop and explore before driving through the Cotswolds, for breathtaking views of open countryside, crisscrossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns. Finally, the birthplace of William Shakespeare awaits at Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the home of the greatest writer in the English language and the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Admire Stratford, a charming market town in the heart of rural England with a delightful river that winds its way past the Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare was laid to rest. Get a private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall. You will be invited to take part in a Tudor lesson, write with a quill and ink, witness the rare medieval wall paintings and much more.

Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

6. Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

Open daily, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall invites visitors to explore one of the rarely seen places of William Shakespeare’s childhood and youth, a place that helps to fill the missing chapter in the story of his time in his home town.  The newly-restored venue offers a glimpse into Shakespeare’s formative years and sheds light on his time as a schoolboy.  Step into the shoes of the young Shakespeare, sit in the very room that he sat in as a pupil and learn about what subjects the great man would have studied and the teaching methods of the day.  You will hear how he encountered the riches of classical literature and theater and saw some of the country’s finest actors perform in this building. Built in 1420, Stratford's Guildhall is one of only a few remaining medieval Guildhalls in the country. The authentic and immersive experience of a visit to this early fifteenth-century building will fully engage all visitors in its unique story.  Soak up the atmosphere of the Guildhall, including the late medieval priest’s chapel with its rare and recently conserved wall painting and learn about the building’s role as a medieval provincial Guildhall.  The visit promises to be full of fun, excitement and drama worthy of Shakespeare’s legacy for any group. Take a guided tour with knowledgeable guides, see a short film by historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood, on the history of the Guildhall. Take a lesson with a Tudor Schoolmaster, practice quill writing and dress up in a Tudor costume. Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall is perfect for all ages.

From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

7. From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

Join a local driver/guide on a relaxing full-day tour of the Cotswolds National Landscape. Experience the very best of this quintessentially English region on a tour that stops at 6 different and unique locations with ample time built into the day for self-exploration, shopping, and lunch. The tour stops at: • Dover's Hill: the Northern-most Cotswolds viewpoint offering panoramic views out towards Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham & Coventry • Chipping Campden: a historic wool town where you have an hour of free time to explore with our unique maps and local recommendations • A secret off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village (join to find this one out) • Stow-on-the-Wold: your designated lunch stop with a wide range of wonderful food options to choose from  • Bibury: often referred to as the prettiest village in England it's also the home of the iconic Arlington Row of cottages • Bourton-on-the-Water: famed for the crystal clear waters of the River Windrush and the pretty bridges that cross it Between the stops, your driver-guide will tell you the story of the Cotswolds with a fun, fact-filled commentary as you travel the narrow back lanes only the locals know about.

Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

8. Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

Depart London on a full-day (10-hour) tour that takes you west to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds countryside, and Oxford and Stratford, England’s most romantic cities. Head to Stratford-upon-Avon in the Warwickshire countryside, and enjoy 2 hours in the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Your guide will provide suggestions on the best sites to see. Take a walk around the town center to see beautiful Tudor-style buildings and sites connected with the life of Shakespeare, including the Swan Theatre. Next, your drive will continue through the Cotswolds, as you enjoy views of the lovely landscape and stone villages. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is the English countryside at its finest. Continue to Oxford to explore the most famous university city in the world. Take a walk among the college buildings and admire their dreamy spires. Your guide will recommend a walking route that covers the most famous sites, including the Bridge of Sighs and Christchurch Cathedral. Learn about Oxford’s connection with Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. Find a great place for a meal (you guide will provide recommendations), or join local scholars and academics over a pint in the city’s most haunted pub. You'll be back in London by around 18.30 and you can use the London Underground to travel quickly to all areas of London.

Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare Gin Distillery Tour & Taste

9. Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare Gin Distillery Tour & Taste

Join a guided tour around the charming Shakespeare Distillery, the only working distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon. Explore the distillery with your guide and see first-hand how gin is produced. Learn about how artisan gin is distilled, bottled, labelled, sealed, and distributed, all by hand and in small batches. Mingle with the workers who produce the gin and discover their care and passion for their craft. Finally, enjoy a tutored tasting session of three award-winning spirits followed by your choice of gin and tonic. At the end of the experience, receive 10% off at the gift shop, and a miniature gin for designated drivers.

From London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

10. From London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

Walking tour of Oxford Follow in the footsteps of Oxford’s famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. Take in the famous ‘city of dreaming spires’ and see the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest libraries in Europe – on your visit. You’ll be captivated by the unspoilt narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Enjoy a walking tour and free time. Stratford-Upon-Avon A market town with a difference, Stratford-upon-Avon is the famous home of arguably the world's greatest writer, William Shakespeare. Delve into the charms of this bustling market town at your leisure. Cotswolds We will drive through the Cotswolds, a charming blend of breathtaking natural beauty, bustling market towns and sleepy villages. Warwick Castle Be part of Britain’s Greatest Medieval Experience! Deep in the heart of Warwick Castle, the Great Hall becomes a hive of activity! Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Enjoy a walking tour and explore this lovely town with its host of attractive buildings.

Frequently asked questions about Stratford-upon-Avon

What top attractions are a must-see in Stratford-upon-Avon?

Planning Your Visit

  • Getting Around Stratford-upon-Avon

    Walking around Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the easiest ways to get know Shakespeare's hometown. You'll also find city bus lines and some sightseeing bus lines should you choose to speed up your transit.

  • How long should you stay in Straford-upon-Avon?

    Shakespeare fans will want to soak up as much time in this picturesque town as possible, but four days would also probably be plenty. Explore Shakespeare's and his wife's family homes on your first day. See a show the next day and spend your third day looking at arms at the Stratford Armouries. The fourth day go for a long canal walk and discover the suburbs near Stratford-upon-Avon.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The best weather in Stratford-upon-Avon is certainly in the summer season. You'll be likely to find the most sunshine from June to August. Plus, over the summer you'll find the town really comes alive with fun festivals and shows. A winter trip to Stratford-upon-Avon is quite enjoyable as well, especially if you plan to watch a lot of shows and cozy up to Shakespeare's works in cafes around town. The town's Tudor architecture goes well with snow or sun.

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What people are saying about Stratford-upon-Avon

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,443 reviews

All three places are really beautiful and worth seeing. Driver and guid, mr D. (unfortunately I forgot his name) was really lovely, provided us with a lot of information about the places with a nice dose of humor. Definitely recommend this tour!

The tour guide was very funny and witty and the tour was a very good experience. The locations were very interesting and the scenery between the journey was breathtaking.

A fantastic day with a wonderful guide. Knowledgeable, funny and good at conveying the history of the Cotswolds. We are very happy!

It was very nice and the English countryside was beautiful. The trip overall was worth it.

Driver Sayed and tour guide Pablo were both excellent.