In the heart of Warwickshire, West Midlands, surrounded by the patchwork fields and woodlands of dreamy middle England, Stratford-upon-Avon is steeped in history, culture, and the compelling legacy of William Shakespeare.
Channel him at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatres and the atmospheric houses of the Birthplace Trust. Visit his schoolroom and the fascinating Guildhall with where you can write with a quill.
While there’s much ado about Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, it’s not all ‘olde worlde’. Post-pandemic there’s a fresh feel – marvel at 15th-century timber-framed buildings before ducking into a trendy café, bar, or contemporary gallery.
Flowing through Stratford is the serene River Avon, perfect for boating, kayaking, cruises and leisurely walks along its banks. Colourful canal barges moor in Bancroft Basin in the heart of town near the RSC complex, pausing here as they navigate the Avon Ring canal route. — Alison Plummer