I love this beautiful little town in the heart of England close to where I grew up. It is the home of Shakespeare, quaint houses, cute tea shops and the river Avon.
Visit Shakespeare’s childhood home
Make sure you visit Anne Hathaway’s house whilst you are in Stratford. It’s on the Henley Street and it is the photo you need to get whilst you are here. You can also go inside and I think there is a combi ticket you can buy which includes many of buildings with connections to Shakespeare. You might even see Shakespeare himself offering to pose with you for a few pennies.
Find the golden post box
Post boxes in the UK are normally red but in 2012 to commemorate British and Irish gold medal winners at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Paralympics, various post boxes in the home towns of the medal winners around the UK were repainted gold. Can you find the gold post boxes in Stratford-upon-Avon?
Explore the quaint streets
Admire the beautiful architecture in Stratford-upon-Avon. I love the medieval black and white beams. Make sure you visit Chapel Street and Church Street.
Stroll along the river
It is really nice to walk along the waterfront. You can see Shakespeare’s memorial, spot the tower of the Royal Shakespeare company and see people relaxing by the waterfront.
Take hundreds of photos of butterflies
This is one of the most popular things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon: the Stratford Butterfly Farm. Dive into a world of colour as you are surrounding by many tropical butterflies. You may also see iguanas and parrots. If you are lucky a butterfly may land on you. There is also an insect section and reptile area where you can hold a snake. Furthermore, if it is cold outside it is a lovely place to come in and warm up.
Visit the grave of William Shakespeare
This sounds slightly morbid and something only die hard Shakespeare fans would do. However, I found the church to be most informative about the life (and death) of Shakespeare. There was a lot of information about him; it was as if we were in a museum. To go right up to the grave there is a small fee. As if he is even in there. There is a curse engraved on his grave stating that he who digs him up will be cursed. So I guess we will never know.
Go for tea and cake
After all of that site seeing you will be in need of a cup of tea. There are many little tea shops in Stratford to try.
Visit an English pub
Or if you are need of something stronger grab yourself a pint at one of the multiple pubs dotted around the town.
Even more things to do
Visit the Mad Museum
This is a fun sciencey museum and probably good for a rainy day. If you have kids and it’s raining the Mad Museum may be a good place to take them.
Go to the theatre
I have been to Stratford-upon-Avon many times but never visited the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre. As you can guess they put on many of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. I will definitely come back one day and see a production one day.
Have I missed anything or inspired you to visit Stratford-upon-Avon? Let me know in the comments.