Stratford-upon-Avon – Things to do – top tips and recommendations

We absolutely love Stratford Upon Avon and it is our ‘go to’ place for a short escape from reality! This must be our 6th or 7th visit now and every trip brings something new and it always allows us to ‘recharge our batteries’ before we head back to the real world.

There is so much to see and do in Stratford, whether you are looking for a family break, romantic weekend away or just a day out! Famous for the great William Shakespeare and the stunning historical buildings, Stratford has so much to offer for all.

Must sees;

  • The Shakespeare buildings – Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, New Place and Halls Croft are all a must see and if you buy the full story ticket you not only get a discount by booking online and upfront, but your ticket is also valid for a whole year and you can visit as many times as you wish in that year! We have only ever been to these houses as a couple, however, it is perfect for little ones, especially Mary Arden’s Farm. We intend to go back as a family this summer. To find out more, click here.
  • Why not travel around Stratford, to all of Shakespeare’s houses, on an open top bus! City Sightseeing offers a hop on, hop off service with 11 stops around the city, including all the main sights and attractions. You also get an audio commentary as you are travelling around which is available in 7 different languages. A great way to see Stratford without the hassle of driving and parking! The bus only runs in the summer but I would definitely recommend it, especially the audio commentary that offers an element of humour too.
  • River boat rides and cruises – Another great experience, especially on a sunny day. Take a scentic trip along the river Avon and view Stratford from the water. You can also dine on a river boat if that takes your fancy! Just stroll through Bancroft gardens to the river and hop straight onto a boat. Choose from Canal and River tours, River cruises and rowing boats, Sightseeing river cruises or a restaurant cruiser.
  • Stratford Racecourse – This is one of my absolute favourites! Top tip – for a relaxed day, book tickets in the centre enclosure and take your own picnic or barbecue! Add this together with friends and family and you have a fantastic day out! All for the bargain price of £10 per person. My husband and I had an amazing experience, camped out at the edge of the race course, right by the finish line, prosecco in hand! I just love the thud of the horses and the vibration through the ground as they get closer! There is always such a buzz of excitement and happiness in the atmosphere as the horses drawn in. I even won a few cheeky bets which covered my ticket entry, free day out! Bonus!! Another top tip, especially if you don’t like walking – book a taxi in advance as you won’t get one afterwards. However, if you don’t mind a stroll, the walk back into Stratford is actually quite nice! It is just over a mile and it took us about 40 minutes (after a few!).
  • Finally, you have the theatres. My husband and I both have an appreciation for Shakespeare and enjoyed studying his plays during our younger days at school. We decided that as we were in Stratford, it would only be right to go to the theatre and experience it first hand, in his home town! Hamlet was on at the time. So we booked tickets, which you can get at really good price if you don’t mind where you sit, which again we didn’t as it was all about the experience of something new for us. It is definitely an acquired taste, but ‘when in Rome!’

Like I say, we have been to Stratford about 6 or 7 times now, but we still haven’t managed to see everything. There is so much more to explore, like the butterfly farm, MAD museum and Tudor World amongst a few. I will be sure to update you after our next visit! Also, check out my blogs on accommodation and eating out in Stratford!

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