Cheap Hotels Stratford-upon-Avon
What to see by foot: Stratford-upon-Avon
It is literature and plays that bring most the visitors to this otherwise sleepy
town near the Cotswolds. The world of William Shakespeare has been well preserved
and presented as the main attraction of this pretty Middle Ages town.
The town centre remains as it was laid out in 1196 and is easily explored on
The High Street is a good place to start, with its distinct display of Tudor
buildings and historic sites. Highlights include Harvard House (named after
a former resident who emigrated to New England and eventually establish Harvard
University). The Town Hall is another outstanding historic building.
Henley street is a charming old street that houses numerous shops, The Shakespeare
Birthplace, The Shakespeare Trust and Library. The half-timbered house where
William Shakespeare was born in 1564 is Stratford's most cherished historic
place and gives an excellent insight into his life and times. Then there is
New Place, or what remains of it, which also displays period furniture and antiques.
A lovely walk through a meadow directs you to the other famous Shakespeare
site, Anne Hathaway's cottage. William married her, six years his senior, at
the age of 18, and the site has been well restored. If you haven't had enough
of Shakespeare, there's also his mother's house in Wilcote, yet another museum.
Two magnificent churches are found in this delightful town, the guild chapel
and Holy Tirinty Church, in which Shakespeare is buried. One final stop on the
Shakespeare trail is the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where you can enjoy the
brilliance of his pen, deftly acted out by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The Bancroft Gardens are in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and alongside
the River Avon. It's a lovely place to relax or admire the pleasant scenery.
Several ancient hand and chain ferries cross the river.
Fun for the whole family includes the Falstaffs Experience, an unusual and rewarding
attraction which takes visitors through the ages of the town's history. The
kids are likely to appreciate the hundreds of fluffy friends in the Teddy museum,
if literature bores them!
Capitalising on the tourism element, there are hundreds of gift shops, historic
pubs, and convenient tea rooms and restaurants, as well as endless minor attractions
to keep you busy all day.
Selection of hotels in this region:
The Welcombe Hotel & Golf Course
Macdonald Hotels, The Alveston Manor
Billesley Manor Hotel
Macdonald Hotels, The Shakespeare
Stratford Moat House
Stratford Victoria Hotel
Macdonald Hotels, The Swan's Nest
Charlecote Pheasant Hotel
Salford Hall Hotel
Ettington Park Hotel
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