The 10 Best Things to Do in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom (UK)

March 31, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Stratford-upon-Avon is steeped in the history of its most famous resident, William Shakespeare. This Warwickshire country town contains the home where Shakespeare was born, the cottage where Anne Hathaway resided before their marriage and the church where the couple is buried. Need a break from the Bard? The town also boasts Europe's largest butterfly farm.
Restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon

1. The Attic Theatre

Next to Cox's Yard, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YY, England +44 7952 819557
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5 based on 347 reviews

The Attic Theatre

The Attic Theatre is the No.1 fringe theatre in Stratford upon Avon and home to award-winning 'Tread the Boards' Theatre Company. In 2016 we begin the year with Romeo & Juliet, the only Shakespearean play being performed in Stratford during the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. First established in 2009 by Tread the Boards, an award winning theatre Company. This unique, riverside theatre is located in the heart of Shakespeares' birth town. This unique space is housed in a Grade 2 listed 15th century building and seats just 89 people. This makes for a very personal and intimate theatrical experience.

Reviewed By Annedeg41 - Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom

This well-known Shakespearian comedy is great fun. Director John Robert Partridge has a really talented team here. Background music consists of appropriate Beetles songs. I have never heard such loud screaming, ever.
The singing was very good too.
We are regulars at this theatre and always love going there.

2. Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Theatre Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB, England +44 1789 403493
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

We create theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We perform Shakespeare’s plays, as well as works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and plays by today’s writers. We want as many people as possible to be able to access theatre at its best, so we bring our work to the widest possible audience.

Reviewed By PoppyMadragora - England, United Kingdom

I'm a 'Macbeth-o-phile', so when I saw it was on here, with no less than Christopher Ecclestone in the lead, I knew I had to come. I won't review the production here, other than to say that I would thoroughly recommend it.

However, it’s years since I’ve been to the RSC and I was pleasantly surprised on my return at just how nice it is. It was out of season, without hordes of schoolchildren, so perhaps that had an impact, but overall, I enjoyed the whole experience. The shop had a good range of related items, many reasonably priced; box office staff were helpful with a specific enquiry I had. We enjoyed a meal in the Rooftop bar, but felt that at £2.50 per visitor, the tower was a little expensive (how about a free daytime visit before 5pm, if you’re paying £££ for performance tickets?).
Don’t take a bulky bag with you, unless you don’t mind checking it in downstairs.
The only significant negative was that at the end of the performance, staff couldn’t wait to hustle me out of the door. I took a moment to text a friend to tell him the show had finished and arrange where we’d meet, and the staff basically shoo’d me on my way out of the auditorium. A shame, as everything else had been excellent.

3. Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall

Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HB, England +44 1789 203170
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4.5 based on 321 reviews

Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall

Discover where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become the world's greatest playwright. Learn how he spent his early school days and first experienced theatre. Take part in a Tudor lesson with Master Thomas Jenkins and brush up on your Latin! More than just a museum, Schoolroom & Guildhall provides a truly immersive experience for all. Marvel at our medieval wall paintings, dress up Tudor-style, play Tudor games and get messy with quill and ink. Stratford-upon-Avon's Guildhall, in the heart of the town, is a fine example of one of a few remaining medieval Guildhalls in the country. Our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and welcoming guides will share with you the many stories the building has to tell. If you're coming to Stratford don't miss out on what many are saying is the best attraction in town!

Reviewed By Jenny B - Alcester, United Kingdom

Step back in time and learn about guilds and schooling in Tudor times from those who know! Not boring lectures but easy to listen to information with a touch of humour.

4. The MAD Museum

4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT, England +44 1789 269356
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The MAD Museum

Stratford upon Avon is most famous for being the birthplace of poet and play writer William Shakespeare, but why not try something completely outside of the box and visit the towns newest most exciting attraction- The MAD (Mechanical Art & Design) Museum.As soon as you step into this quirky attraction you'll be greeted with whirling robotics, churning clogs, rolling ball circuits, ingenious design and crazy sounds! The MAD Museum does what it says on the tin, showcasing an absolutely MAD assortment of Kinetic Art, Automata and Steampunk contraptions, gadgets and gismos. Venture into an eccentric world of moving art; The MAD Museum is a wonderful place to watch and interact with an astonishing assortment of both modern and old fashioned, yet highly innovative and elaborate machines! For the young ones: Dancing lasers, rolling ball machines, roaring mechanical dinosaur heads and whirligigs all with lots of buttons to press! The MAD Museum offers an exciting visit with an educational bias, relevant to curriculum modules such as Design & Technology and Science. We give children an experience that is worthwhile, educationally beneficial and also a lot of fun!

Reviewed By VangelisMarinakis - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I know this has got good reviews, but sorry I found it a bit dull. Probably didn't help that I entered the same time as a screaming 2 year old and continued to scream for the whole 20 mins I was there. Good for 5-10 year olds.

5. Mary Arden's Farm

Station Rd | Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9UN, England +44 1789 338535
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mary Arden's Farm

Mary Arden's Farm is closed for the winter and reopens 10 March 2018. The Farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother. Today you can experience all the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm, just as it would have been when Shakespeare was a boy. Watch "Tudors" go about their daily routine, see rare breed animals and explore nature trails. There are daily falconry displays and archery at weekends and in school holidays. There is a playground for children from 2 upwards, a picnic area and a cafe. Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm that keeps pace with the season so there is always something new to see and do.The Farm is open seasonally from Easter to the end of October half-term.The Farm is 3 miles from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon in the village of Wilmcote. There are buses and trains to Wilmcote. The train journey takes 5 minutes and the Farm is a short walk from Wilmcote rail station. It is also a pleasant walk along the canal from the centre of Stratford.

Reviewed By MikeHorton - Droitwich, United Kingdom

Situated on the outskirts of Stratford and part of the Shakespeare experience annual pass, Mary Arden’s Farm is an informative and wide- ranging experience perfect for those with younger children.
We visited during Halloween, when there were a range of additional activities available, but even without these there were a range of farm animals, knowledgeable ‘actors’ performing skilled activities in period costume, a range of buildings and outhouses and pleasant walks. It’s easy to spend a near full day here and not get bored. Only minor gripe is the rather costly and uninspiring cafe. By the time we visited in mid- afternoon there was next to nothing available and what was left was extortionate.

6. Swan Theatre

Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS, England +44 1789 403493
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4.5 based on 589 reviews

Swan Theatre

Reviewed By Alan F - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

This wonderful theatre has an intimacy that puts it well above most others. It’s not large and at ground level the audience is really involved with the action. The nearby bar is cosy. It’s usually full so pre-booking is a prerequisite. No nearby parking so plan your visit. Wheelchair friendly. A Shakespeare lover’s delight.

7. Stalls Lifestyle

The Stalls Alscot Park Preston Lane | The Stalls, Preston-on-Stour, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8DZ, England +44 1789 450837
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4.5 based on 323 reviews

Stalls Lifestyle

* Please Note: The Coffee Shop stops serving 30 minutes prior to closing. A stunning location and a unique shopping experience! Quality jewellery, scarves, hand bags, cushions, home ware, the list goes on and on... After browsing the showroom, enjoy a cream tea or coffee and cake in the delightful garden room or on the peaceful deck overlooking the historic deer park. Free Parking and only 3 miles from Stratford upon Avon.

Reviewed By xlucyjo

Was brought here recently by my mum for morning coffee. Beautiful cafe with wonderful views of the estate grounds, you can see the deer wandering across the fields while you sip on a delicious hot beverage! I had the coffee cake which was lovely and my mum had a tea cake. Really calm, welcoming atmosphere will definitely be back!

Stratford-upon-Avon, England 44-1564-784634
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4.5 based on 824 reviews

Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Stretching 25 miles from the Birmingham suburbs to the River Avon in Stratford, this scenic waterway passes through enchanting countryside in the very heart of England, cutting through the Forest of Arden and an area rich in Shakespearean history.

Reviewed By BrushM - Oxford, United Kingdom

A decent place to come even when it's pouring with rain. Nice and quiet, swans swimming around, and only a few yards from the town centre. What's not to like about that?

9. Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farm Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS, England +44 1789 299288
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

The UK's largest tropical butterfly paradise!

Reviewed By talmus93 - London, United Kingdom

The farm is fantastic, magical... for kids or adults..just like a fairy tale. You can walk between butterfly clouds...see how they ate mating or having a banana lunch. Perfect place for young kids or just for a quiet break from our crazy world

10. River Avon Chain Ferry

Avon Bank Gardens | Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, England +44 1789 260616
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4.5 based on 190 reviews

River Avon Chain Ferry

Take a scenic ferry trip across the River Avon to the Waterside Gardens by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and recreation grounds. In operation since 1937, and fully rebuilt in 2010 by Avon Boating, 'Malvolio' as it is named has ferried thousands of passengers back and forth over the River Avon. As one of the last remaining hand wound chain Ferries in the country you will get to see a unique angle of the river with views downriver to the Holy Trinity Church and upstream to the RST.

Reviewed By Howi58 - Liverpool, United Kingdom

This is a fun and leisurely way to cross the Avon. 50p is the cost for what is, admittedly, a very short trip. I did feel a little bit sorry for the poor driver who has to manually crank the chain mechanism for hour after hour!

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