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Coordinates: 52°11′N 1°43′W / 52.19°N 1.71°W / 52.19; -1.71

Stratford-upon-Avon is located in Warwickshire

 Stratford-upon-Avon shown within Warwickshire
Population 23,676 
OS grid reference SP1955
District Stratford-on-Avon
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CV37
Dialling code 01789
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Stratford-on-Avon
List of places: UK • England • Warwickshire

Stratford-upon-Avon (pronounced /ˌstrætfɚd əpɒn ˈeɪvən/, from Celtic [ˈavon]) is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England. It lies on the River Avon, 22 miles (35 km) south east of Birmingham and 8 miles (13 km) south west of the county town, Warwick. It is the main town of the District of Stratford-on-Avon, which uses the term "on" to indicate that it covers a much larger area than the town itself.[1] In 2001, the town's population was 23,676.

The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare, receiving about three million visitors a year from all over the world.[2]

The administrative body for the town is the Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council, which is based at the Civic Hall in Rother Street (not to be confused with the Stratford-on-Avon District Council, which is based at Elizabeth House, Church Street). The Town Council is responsible for crime prevention, cemeteries, public conveniences, litter, river moorings, parks, and grants via the Town Trust, plus the selection of the town's mayor. Locally, the town is known simply as Stratford, and as such can be confused with the Stratford in the London Borough of Newham.



Clock Tower
Historic map from 1908
Nash's House, and the gardens of New Place
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
The River Avon and the side of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (April 2007)

Apart from tourism, which is a major employer locally, especially in the hotel, hospitality industry and catering sectors, other industries in the town (which included Flowers Brewery, canning, and the manufacture of aluminium ware until these closed in the 1960s and the early 21st century) are boat building and maintenance, bicycles, mechanical and electrical engineering, food manufacture, Information Technology, and call centre and service sector activities (both of which are growing sectors), a large motor sales sector, industrial plant hire, building suppliers, market gardening, farming, storage and transport logistics, finance and insurance, and a large retail sector.

Major employers in the town include the NFU Mutual Insurance Company (and Avon Insurance), AMEC, Tesco, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, B & Q and Pashley Cycles. There are, nominally, three theatres run by the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, which attract large audiences and income for the town.

History and geography

Stratford has Anglo-Saxon origins, and grew up as a market town in medieval times. The name is a fusion of the Old English strǣt, meaning "street", and ford, meaning that a Roman road forded the River Avon at the site of the town.

Stratford is also close to the Cotswolds, with Chipping Campden 10 miles (16 km) to the south. As a major sheep-producing area (William Shakespeare's father, John Shakespeare, bought and sold sheep's wool illegally) the Cotswolds, up until the latter part of the 19th century, regarded Stratford as one of its main centres for the slaughter, marketing, and distribution of sheep and wool. As a consequence Stratford also became a centre for tanning during the 15th–17th centuries. Both the river and the Roman road served as trade routes for the town.

Had a mass German invasion occurred during World War II, the town would have become the temporary seat of Parliament, and hosted many state servants.[citation needed]


The first real theatre in Stratford was a temporary wooden affair built in 1769 by the actor David Garrick for his Jubilee celebrations of that year to mark Shakespeare's birthday. The theatre, built not far from the site of the present Royal Shakespeare Theatre, was almost washed away in two days of torrential rain that resulted in terrible flooding.

A small theatre known as The Royal Shakespeare Rooms was built in the gardens of Shakespeare's New Place home in the early 19th century but became derelict by the 1860s.

To celebrate Shakespeare's 300th birthday in 1864 the brewer, Charles Edward Flower, instigated the building of a temporary wooden theatre, known as the Tercentenary Theatre, which was built in a part of the brewer's large gardens on what is today the site of the new, and temporary, Courtyard Theatre. After three months the Tercentenary Theatre was dismantled, with the timber used for house-building purposes.

In the early 1870s, Charles Flower gave several acres of riverside land to the local council on the understanding that a permanent theatre be built in honour of Shakespeare's memory, and by 1879 the first Shakespeare Memorial Theatre had been completed. It proved to be a huge success, and by the early 20th century was effectively being run by the actor/manager Frank Benson, later Sir Frank Benson.

The theatre burned down in 1926, with the then artistic director, William Bridges-Adams, moving all productions to the local cinema.

An architectural competition was arranged to elicit designs for a new theatre, with the winner, English architect Elisabeth Scott, creating what we see on the riverside today. The new theatre, adjoining what was left of the old theatre, was opened by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, in 1932.

The new theatre had many illustrious artistic directors, including the actor Anthony Quayle.

Sir Peter Hall was appointed artistic director (designate) in 1959, and formed the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1961.

Swan Theatre was created in the 1980s out of the shell of the remains of the original Memorial Theatre, quickly becoming one of the finest acting spaces in the UK.

In 1986, Stratford-upon-Avon became home to the legendary but ill-fated Carrie

The Waterside Theatre (which is not part of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre complex) re-opened in December 2004, then closed again in September 2008. During this span, the theatre housed the Shakespearience visitor attraction.[3]


Stratford is close to the UK's second largest city, Birmingham, and is easily accessible from junction 15 of the M40 motorway. The 7 miles (11 km) £12 million Stratford Northern Bypass opened in June 1987 as the A422.

Stratford-upon-Avon railway station has good rail links from Birmingham (Snow Hill station, Moor Street station) (hourly trains, until approximately 8:30 p.m.) and from London, with up to seven direct trains a day from London Marylebone.

There are plans for a new railway station north of the town, adjacent to the A46 bypass. It will be called Stratford Parkway railway station.

The Stratford on Avon and Broadway Railway Society aims to re-open the closed railway line from Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne, with a later extension to Broadway, Worcestershire.

The Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway connected Stratford with the main line of the London and North Western Railway at Blisworth until its closure in 1952.[4]

The town has numerous cycle paths, and is the terminus of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal where it meets the Avon. A park and ride scheme was launched in 2006. The Stratford Greenway is a 5 miles (8.0 km) traffic free cycle path, which used to be part of the rail network until the early 1960s and is now part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network (routes NCN5 and NCN41). Starting from town it heads along the river and racecourse towards Welford-on-Avon and Long Marston with cycle hire available locally.

Coventry is 18 miles (29 km) to the north-east, with its airport an important European link for business travel, although schedule flights no longer operate.

Tourist attractions

The town is located on the River Avon (afon or avon being a Celtic synonym of "river"), on a bank of which stands the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) designed by the English architect Elisabeth Scott and completed in 1932, which is the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Until recently the RSC also ran two smaller theatres, the Swan, which is modelled on an Elizabethan theatre (closed in August 2007 as part of plans for refurbishment) and The Other Place theatre, a Black box theatre which closed in 2005 to make room for the temporary RSC Courtyard Theatre, which opened in July 2006. This theatre is now the home of the RSC while the RST is being refurbished; its interior is similar to the planned interior of the refurbished RST. The site of The Other Place has now become the foyer, bars, cloakroom, dressing rooms, and rehearsal space of the Courtyard Theatre. The Other Place will be reinstated after the RST and Swan refurbishment is complete in 2010 and the Courtyard Theatre is dismantled, although many in the town would retain the Courtyard so that it can used by local theatre companies.

Other tourist attractions within the town include five houses relating to Shakespeare's life, which are owned and cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. These include Hall's Croft (the one-time home of Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna, and her husband Dr. John Hall) and Nash's House, which stands alongside the site of another property, New Place, owned by Shakespeare himself, wherein he died. Near to the town are Anne Hathaway's Cottage at Shottery, the home of Shakespeare's wife's family prior to her marriage, and Mary Arden's House (Palmer's Farm), the family home of his mother. Elsewhere in the district are farms and buildings at Snitterfield, that belonged to the family of Shakespeare's father.

At the top end of Waterside is Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried.

Non-Shakespearean attractions include the Stratford Butterfly Farm, which is on the eastern side of the river and the Bancroft Gardens and Stratford Armouries located three miles from the centre of Stratford on Gospel Oak Lane.

The influx of tourists into Stratford (3.5 million a year) has caused tension with residents for decades, and there are perennial complaints about numerous tour buses clogging certain roads in the town.[citation needed]

Each year on 12 October (unless this is a Sunday, in which case 11 October) Stratford hosts one of the largest Mop Fairs in the country. Then, on the second Saturday following, the smaller Runaway Mop fair is held.

Henley Street

Henley Street, one of the town's oldest streets, has undergone substantial architectural change between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. John Shakespeare's large half-timbered dwelling, purchased by him in 1556, was in 1564 the birthplace of his son William. According to a descriptive placard provided for tourists there,

"The property remained in the ownership of Shakespeare's direct descendants until 1670, when his granddaughter, Elizabeth Barnard, died. As she had no children, Elizabeth left the estate to her relative Thomas Hart, Shakespeare's great-nephew. The main house became a tenanted inn called the Maidenhead (later the Swan and Maidenhead) following the death of John Shakespeare in 1601. Members of the Hart family continued living in the small adjoining cottage throughout the century.

At the end of the 19th century, Edward Gibbs 'renovated' the building to more closely represent the original Tudor style farmhouse. Adjacent to Shakespeare's Birthplace stands the Shakespeare Centre, completed in 1964 and not far from the Carnegie Library, opened in 1905.

The large half-timbered building which now comprises numbers 19, 20 and 21 was formerly the White Lion Inn.[5] It is first mentioned in 1603.[6] and was adjoined on the east by a smaller inn called the 'Swan'. In 1745 the latter was purchased by John Payton, who also acquired the 'Lion' five years later and rebuilt the whole premises on a greatly enlarged scale. (Cal. of Trust Title Deeds, no. 147.) The work was completed by James Collins of Birmingham, builder, in 1753. (Contract, Trust Title Deeds, no. 167. Payton 'brought the house into great vogue' [7] though Byng in 1792 complained that 'at the noted White Lion, I met with nothing but incivility' (cited from Torrington Diaries (ed. Andrews), iii, 152).[5] Payton was succeeded as innkeeper by his son John, and its reputation as one of the best inns on the Holyhead road must have contributed not a little to the prosperity of the town. Garrick stayed at the 'White Lion' during the Jubilee of 1769 (Saunders MSS. 82, fol. 20)[5] and George IV, as Prince Regent, visited it when he came to Stratford in 1806.[7] :pp.586–7 Its great days came to an end after John Payton the younger sold it to Thomas Arkell in 1823.[5]

Henley Street is now a major tourist and shopping precinct with many al fresco cafes and street entertainers.

Sheep Street

Sheep Street runs from Ely Street eastwards to the Waterside. It was a residential quarter in the 16th century, but none of its buildings is earlier than the fire of 1595. Number 40, formerly a two storey building that was extended in the early twentieth century has a lower story of substantial close-set studding on modern high stone foundations: the upper is of more widely spaced thin vertical timbers, and was rebuilt after the fire of 1614. From: 'The borough of Stratford-upon-Avon: Introduction and architectural description', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 221–234. URL: Date accessed: 23 August 2009. From: 'The borough of Stratford-upon-Avon: Introduction and architectural description', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 221–234. URL: Date accessed: 12 June 2009.

As the name suggests Sheep Street, which leads down from the Town Hall to Waterside and the RST, was from early times and until the late 19th century, the area where sheep, brought from the neighbouring Cotswold Hills, were slaughtered and butchered. Today it is the restaurant centre of the town. Sheep Street also has some long established ladies 'gown' shops.

The Shrieves House is one of the oldest still lived in houses in the town and Shakespeare is said to have based his character of Sir John Falstaff on one of the residents, his godson's uncle. Oliver Cromwell is thought to have stayed here in 1651,[citation needed] before the second battle of Worcester, but there is little supporting evidence. From: 'The borough of Stratford-upon-Avon: Introduction and architectural description', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 221–234. URL: Date accessed: 12 June 2009.

Behind The Shrieves House is a museum called "Tudor World" with recreations of 16th century life in theatrical settings.

Waterside & Southern Lane

This area of Stratford, which runs from the foot of Bridge Street to Holy Trinity Church (and leads directly off Sheep Street and Scholars Lane) runs alongside the River Avon and offers access to the Waterside Theatre and all areas of the RST. The RST is currently undergoing great renovation works, including work to the Bancroft Gardens at the front of the main RST building.

The Bancroft Gardens run from Waterside to the River Avon and include a canal basin. During the summer months there are often street performers performing to the public on the lawns.


Stratford is also home to several institutions set up for the study of Shakespeare, including the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which holds books and documents related to the playwright, and the Shakespeare Institute.

A notable school in Stratford is King Edward VI school, which is where William Shakespeare is believed to have studied. It is an all-boys school, and one of the few remaining grammar schools in England, selecting its pupils exclusively using the Eleven plus examination. There is also an all-girls grammar school, Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls, colloquially known as 'Shottery School' after its location in the village of Shottery, a short distance from the town centre. Finally, there is a non-selective secondary school, Stratford-upon-Avon High School, formerly known as the Hugh Clopton Secondary Modern School, which was demolished to make way for the new high school. There are no independent secondary schools in the town. There are numerous primary schools in the town, both state and independent, as well as Stratford-upon-Avon College.


Notable people

With the RSC in the town many famous actors have at some point lived or stayed in the town or surround villages. Some of these include,

Other notable residents include,

  • J. B. Priestley died here.
  • Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, served with the RAF at Stratford-upon-Avon during the 1940s. Clarke later wrote the short story "The Curse", which takes place in a post-apocalyptic Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Former Secretary of State for War John Profumo was the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon in the 1950s.
  • From 1901 to 1924, the romantic novelist Marie Corelli, real name Minnie Mackay, daughter of Charles Mackay, made her home, with her companion Miss Vyver, at Mason's Croft, Church Street, Stratford.
  • English footballer Dion Dublin, who has played for both Manchester United and Aston Villa, and his national team, lives with his wife and family in Stratford.
  • Simon Gilbert & Neil Codling of the band Suede lived and were educated in Stratford.
  • Members of indie bands Klaxons and Pull Tiger Tail all grew up and went to schools in Stratford before they moved to New Cross, London.
  • W. W. Quatremain, local landscape painter.
  • Gordon Ramsay, noted celebrity chef, and star of several cooking related shows, moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon with his family in 1976 when he was ten years old.



Town twinning


  1. ^ Stratford-on-Avon District Council: Living in the District
  2. ^ Stratford District Council Report
  3. ^ "Theatre shuts in Shakespeare town". BBC News. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway". 
  5. ^ a b c d The borough of Stratford-upon-Avon: Introduction and architectural description in British History Online, A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 221-234. (Date accessed: 23 August 2009.)
  6. ^ (Book of Orders (Misc. Corporation Rec. unbound, xli, no. 2)
  7. ^ a b Graves R, The Spiritual Quixote bk. xii, ch. 10

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Tudor Houses in Stratford-upon-Avon
Tudor Houses in Stratford-upon-Avon
For other places with the same name, see Stratford (disambiguation).

Stratford-upon-Avon is an historic town on the river Avon in the English county of Warwickshire, best known as the home town of the great English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. Today, it is a major theater-going destination as the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. As such, it represents one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.


Stratford-upon-Avon has its origins in the Saxon culture of medieval England (the name "straet-ford" indicates that it was a river crossing). For many centuries it was little more than a small market town on the road to London; even today, it has only 24,000 permanent residents. Though it has developed some industrial capacity, Stratford is now known mostly for its association with Shakespeare. The town benefits tremendously from the resulting tourism and cultural activity, and has gone to great lengths to preserve those buildings that have survived since Shakespeare's time. As a result the centre of town is quaint and attractive, drawing many thousands of tourists each year to its cultural and historical amenities.

Get in

By car

To get to Stratford-upon-Avon from London, take the M40 motorway and get off at Junction 15. Distance 102 miles (164 km), journey time approximately 2 hours. See also the city's Park and Ride website. [1]

By train

Stratford-upon-Avon train station is located around half a mile west of the town centre. The town is easily accessible by foot from the station. There are regular services to Birmingham Snow Hill station (around an hour), Warwick (around 30 minutes) and London Marylebone (around two and a half hours). If travelling from London, you might need to change at Leamington Spa station.

Get around

Cycling is a great way to see Stratford and the surrounding area. The Stratford Greenway is 5 miles of traffic free cycle track just on the edge of town.

  • Stratford Bike Hire, Seven Meadows Road (head for Stratford Greenway), 07711 776340, [2]. 9:30-5pm. Cycle Hire and Cafe located in refurbished Railway Carriages on Seven Meadows Road at the end of the Stratford Greenway.  edit
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace, Henley St., [3]. A can't miss for tourists. Probably the location of Shakespeare's birth, and definitely the home of his early years. Restored with 16th-century decor and many authentic items. Also includes gardens in the immediate area.
  • Ann Hathaway's Cottage, [4]. Romantic cottage located in the hamlet of Shottery, approximately a mile from the town centre. Hathaway, later Shakespeare's wife, lived here as a girl until her marriage with the playwright (meaning that their courtship occurred here). Restored with many family heirlooms on display, and surrounded with scenic gardens.
  • Holy Trinity Church, [5]. Site of the burial of William Shakespeare, and therefore a place of pilgrimage for his admirers. Though the church itself is ordinary by British standards, the playwright's tomb (and those of his immediate family) is well worth the effort to visit. Be aware that the church is not a "tourist attraction"; services and other functions take precidence over other considerations. Entry is free, but those viewing the grave are asked to make a donation.
  • The Falstaff Experience, Sheep Street [6] set in the award-winning 500 year-old half-timbered property, it is simply the most unique and haunted building in the world according to Fiona Broome. The largest museum in Stratford, Falstaff's now encorporates Tudor World, the only museum dedicated solely to the Tudor era. With authentic recreations, it is an unusual and atmospheric experience. In the evening their popular spooky lantern-lit ghost tours take place of this famously haunted building. Most Haunted filmed here in 2004 and there have been 100s of paranormal investigations of the property since. A must see is Falstaffs - the original haunted museum in Stratford!
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre, [7].
  • The Wyrd Museum and Henley Street Theatre, Henley Street, 01789 290969, [8]. Formerly the Museum of Witchcraft and Wizardology, the Creaky Cauldron has undergone a dramatic and scary transformation to become Bombay Manor, home to the Wyrd Museum and the Henley Street Theatre as well as the extremely creepy Bombay family and is now Stratford's premier scare attraction! Then, if you think you're brave enough, return again in the evening for a select soiree hosted by Canon Ezekiel Bombay and his family where you will need to keep your wits about you as you start to question your senses (and even your sanity) as the Bombay family's dreadful secrets begin to unfold before your eyes.....  edit
  • Hire a rowing boat and take a trip up and down the river.
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Watch a performance at the prestigious theatre. Be warned, tickets are in demand.
  • Ghost Hunts and Terrifying Tales, The Creaky Cauldron, Henley Street, 01789 290969, [9]. From candlelit ghost tours and terrifying tales told by a master storyteller to full overnight ghost hunts; and from paranormal investigations to the scariest of fully immersuve theatrical experiences - Black Leter Days at the Creaky cauldron has something for everyone... if you think you're brave enough! Events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year - prebooking essential on 01789 290969 due to popularity.  edit
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company do Shakespeare plays for families with no swearing or adult content in town in the courtyard theatre.
  • Tudor World, 40 Sheep Street, 0870 350 2770, [10]. 10.30. Tudor World, where the sights and sounds of Tudor England come to life. Set in a genuine Tudor building, with documented Shakespeare connections. £4.95.  edit

Walks and Tours

There are numerous guided walks and tours offered in the town for those interested in a guide-led program. Some additional options that a visitor might not be able to fulfill without the aid of a tour company include:

  • Terrifying Tales with the Master of the Macabre [11]. Every Thursday night at 8.30, 9.30 and 10.30PM (other days and times by arrangement!). Join Canon Ezekiel Bombay for the most terrifying hour of ghost stores and tales told by candlelight in England's most haunted museum according to the owner, established in 2005. Prebooking essential on 01789 290969 due to popularity!
  • Stratford Ghost Cruise / Walk [12]. Offers both a cruise along the river to hear ghostly stories (1.5 hours, bar on board) and a spooky evening ghost walk to hear about ghosts, witches, murder and mayhem. Guides are members of Equity the professional Entertainers Association and Magicians. Reservations recommended.
  • The Falstaff Experience, Sheep Street [13] Awarded silver as the Best Visitor Attraction in Warwickshire 2008 and set in the beautiful 500 year-old half-timbered Shrieve's House barn, Falstaffs is "simply the most unique and haunted building in the world" according to Fiona Broome. Shakespeare is documented to have regularly visited the property, as he was close friends with the family that resided here in the 16th century. Indeed the theatre in the courtyard of this ancient building has just be revived and the Earl of Oxford's Men (a troupe of Shakespearian actors in full Elizabethan regalia) perform in this lavish setting to enthralled audiences. The largest museum in Stratford, Falstaff's has a labyrinth of historical setting and waxwork figures as well as nightly lantern-lit ghost tours. Most Haunted filmed here in 2004 and there have been 100s of paranormal investigations of the property. Recently came second in the FrightNights competition of all the most haunted building in Britain. Falstaffs is the largest museum in Stratford and a 'must see'.
  • Building Belief Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Relaxation, +44(0)7948 801229, [14]. Insightful guidance to your own inner resources for well being.
  • Octagon Therapy Centre, 9 Guild Street, +44(0)1789 269248, [15]. a truly holistic health & well-being centre in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Wildmoor Spa & Health Club, Alcester Road, +44(0)1789 299666, [16]. Spend a day relaxing at the UK's Day Spa of the Year 2007.


Almost needless to say, Stratford is one of the best places to stock up on your Shakespeare memorabilia and paraphernalia... Many town centre shops do a brisk trade in general English souvenirs as well.

On most summer Sundays there is a craft-market on the Waterside. The produce isn't particularly local though.

  • The One Elm - Just off the high street. Great food all day & lovely back courtyard.
  • Check-out the Fish & Chip Shop, across the road from the RSC, down by the river. The food here is as good as the more expensive restaurants, though obviously there is a more limited range.
  • The Black Swan (The Dirty Duck), Waterside CV37 6BA (across the street from the RSC), 01789 297312 (fax: 01789 269424). M-Sa: 11AM - 11PM, Su: noon - 10:30PM. A visitor's favorite pub, this is where the actors from the RSC like to grab drinks after a performance. For post-performance nights, be sure to make a reservation. Try the rhubarb pie. £14-18.  edit
  • Ripple Cafe across the river usually serves and array of Chinese food, usually in the form of an all you can eat Buffet, be sure to book, there is also a pleasant Bar upstairs
  • Baraset Barn - About 2 miles out of Stratford in Alveston, a very nice gastropub.
  • Sorrento Restaurant - A taste of Italy, this is just off the High St, in the Town Centre of Stratford upon Avon. It is a local's place to eat, consistent in good fresh home cooked food. A family run restaurant always happy and helpful. 7-8 Ely St. 01789 297999 ***** here you can eat before the show and they do after theatre shows dining too.
  • The One Elm Pub [17] a trendy place to eat and drink. Great atmosphere and local to shakespeares Birthplace
  • Cox's Yard [18] a pub, theatre and live-music venue in the town centre.
  • Dirty Duck / Black Swan - The best pub to visit if you're a tourist - from one direction the sign says Dirty Duck, from the other, Black Swan. Classic English pub looking out onto the river, with seating inside and outside.
  • Bureau - Stratfords most popular nightclub
  • The YHA Hostel in Alveston - A very nice YHA hostel, about 2 miles out of stratford in Alveston.
  • Virginia Lodge - A very nice B+B about 5 minutes walk to Stratford town center,10 minutes to the theatre and a 15 minute walk to the racecourse, to find more information and contact details please visit [19]

Get out

Warwick - Home to one of Britans most famous and best perserved castles.

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  1. A town in Warwickshire, England, birthplace of Shakespeare. Often used as a byword for a particularly idyllic or historic town.
    • 1957, The Foundry Trade Journal‎, page 454: 
      Nuneaton was not a Stratford on Avon, nor had it a salubrious air.
    • 1979, Steven Kagle, America: Exploration and Travel, page 82:
      If America is not privileged enough to have a Stratford-on-Avon, it still has a Concord

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  • Officially, the term "Stratford-upon-Avon" signifies the town, while the term "Stratford-on-Avon" signifies the district within which it is located. [1] However, this distinction is often ignored.


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Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in England. It is famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It lies on the River Avon, 22 miles (35 km) south east of Birmingham and 8 miles (13 km) south west of the county town, Warwick.

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