Stratford-upon-Avon

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Located in the beautiful rural county of Warwickshire, Stratford-Upon-Avon is unsurprisingly a living, breathing shrine to the life and works of its most famous son. The Royal Shakespeare Company are a constant fixture in the town, with the grand Royal Shakespeare Theatre hosting performances of his works most nights of the week. Bard of Avon aficionados will no doubt also be interested in visiting five of the key houses in Shakespeare's life, including his birthplace, the homes of both his daughter and wife Anne Hathaway and Nash Place - the playwright's final home. All of the properties have been lovingly maintained with their period furnishings, and are a must-visit for anyone with a love of all things Shakespeare.

Don't worry though - there is more to Stratford than just Shakespeare. As you may have guessed, the town is built around the picturesque River Avon, and any trip to the area is not complete without a leisurely stroll along this historic waterway. Within the centre of the town, many of the buildings still feature the original half-timbered, black and white buildings and many an hour can be spent simply wandering around the market town's streets, taking in the stunning architecture.

 
Hostels in Stratford-upon-Avon
Hostels in Stratford-upon-Avon

For anyone planning a city break full to the brim with luxury, history and culture, there aren't many better bases than YHA Stratford. This beautiful hostel located in a Georgian mansion is just two miles from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon: birthplace of a certain William Shakespeare.

 

Five Free Things To Do In Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford Markets
As a historic market town, Stratford understandably takes its markets very seriously. Friday evenings host the famous charter markets, while a visit to the craft markets by the riverside is the perfect Sunday activity.

Bancroft Gardens
Set across the river from the stunning Royal Shakespeare Theatre, these sumptuous gardens are perfect for relaxing in after a long days sightseeing - don't forget to keep your eyes out for the myriad of street entertainers!

Historic Spine Walk
One of the best ways to take in everything a town has to offer is by embarking on a designated walk, with Stratford's historic spine walk giving you a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare's life in the town.

Shakespeare Smartphone App
For the tech-savvy, be sure to download the new Eye Shakespeare app to your smartphone in advance of your trip. You can then scan the QR codes included at notable landmarks to find out its full story!

Free Festivals
In addition to hosting world famous markets, Stratford also hosts more festivals per capita than any other town in the UK. Be sure to check the listings before you arrive so you don't miss out on some fantastic free entertainment.

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