Stratford-upon-Avon is an ancient market town and the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Step back in time with a walk through the pretty streets of this quintessential English landmark. Admire the historic buildings and discover the five Tudor homes and gardens that are all linked with the life of William Shakespeare. Tours are available daily from London and are an enjoyable, easy and hassle-free way of visiting Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding areas.
What to do in Stratford-upon-Avon:
The Shakespeare Properties:
Enter the world of Shakespeare with a visit to the 16th Century houses in or near Stratford-upon-Avon that are connected to his life. These houses display rare period furnishings and domestic items from Tudor life, and are set amongst beautiful gardens and grounds
Discover where it all began by walking in Shakespeare footsteps through the house where he was born and raised. Learn the stories of Shakespeare’s family life, discover rare artefacts and enjoy live theatre. A visit typically lasts 1 hour.
Explore the beautifully decorated home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susannah and her husband Dr John Hall. Discover the fragrances of the walled garden, used by Dr Hall, a physician, to grow herbs and plants for medicines.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage:
This 500 year old cottage is where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be. Learn about the 13 generation of families who lived in this house, as well as the original furniture, including Hathaway’s bed. Stroll through the magnificent sculpture trail and enjoy afternoon tea in the gardens. Walk in the 9 acres of orchards and woods.
Mary Arden’s Farm:
This intriguing farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. A visit will take you back to the 16th Century, to the sounds and smells of a working Tudor Farm. This is a great day out for families, with much to explore, include the old barns, the rare breeds of animals, a beautiful nature trails, an adventure playground and several activities including archery.
Shakespeare’s New Place:
The family home from 1597 until Shakespeare’s death, New Place houses commissioned artwork giving a sense of the family life and major works written by Shakespeare. Also, discover the major parts of Shakespeare’s estate including the Great Garden and the Ernest Lawn.
This beautiful Elizabethan town house was built by Thomas Rogers, whose grandson, John Harvard, went on to found Harvard University. Discover its elaborate architecture including fine oak carvings and 16th Century stained glass panels.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre:
The world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company regularly performs in Stratford-upon-Avon, providing a great opportunity to see a live performance of a Shakespeare play. Click here for more details.
Tours of Stratford-Upon-Avon:
Our Cotswolds and Oxford Day Tour from London includes a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, where you’ll visit Shakespeare’s birthplace as well as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.
We also offer Stratford-upon-Avon private tours. For more information see here or fill out our enquiry form below.