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Stratford-upon-Avon is a very popular tourist town, receiving about three million visitors from all over the world every year. They are drawn to the town because of their interest in its most famous son, William Shakespeare.
In fact Stratford (as it is locally known) is a very picturesque and historic town in its own right. There are many half timbered Tudor buildings especially in Henley Street where Shakespeare was born.
Stratford is also famous for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre beside the River Avon, the Bancroft Gardens & Canal Basin and the quaint Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
The visitor can see Shakespeare's Birthplace, where his relatives lived - Nash's House & New Place, Hall's Croft , and Holy Trinity Church, Stratford where Shakespeare and family members are buried. Other historic buildings of interest are Harvard House and The Guild Chapel Stratford.
Visitors should not be dismayed by the number of tourists in the town. They are well catered for by the town’s open areas, the car free Henley Street and the number of car parks.
When your legs say ‘rest’, there are many delightful places in which to do just that. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre beside the River Avon has a delightful riverside café and a more upmarket restaurant in the newly built Tower.
The Bancroft Gardens & Canal Basin beside the River Avon is a fine place to rest whilst watching the swans and passing tourist parade.
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Stratford has no hills and is therefore ideal for a self-guided easy Walking Tour of Stratford for the ‘must see’ attractions.
- City Sightseeing Bus Tours
Open top buses operate every day of the year except December 25 & 26 and January 1.
Tours serving all the tourist sights run every 15-30 minutes and last about one hour. Tours include the ‘out of town’ attractions - Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm. Check the time of the last tour with the Guide onboard the tour coach. Multi-lingual commentary supplied.
Tickets on the bus or from Stratford-upon-Avon TIC. A ticket lasts for all day and the visitor can get on and off the tour bus at the Red & Gold City Sightseeing Bus Stop indicators as often as they like.
Pick up the Tour at the start – outside the Stratford-upon-Avon TIC at the east end of Bridgefoot (near the lock).
City Sightseeing Tours
+44 (0)1708 866 000
Internet wi-fi Wireless Hotspots
Stratford is well covered with wi-fi hotspots.
- By Car
From London, the M40 is a good choice. From London, it passes Oxford and then continues towards Birmingham. At Junction 15, take the A46 (south) dual carriageway towards Heath End, then diverge onto the A439 for about seven miles (11 kms) to Stratford-upon-Avon.
- By Car
From the North, take the M5 south to Junction 4A to the M42 east and then join the M40 east at Junction 3A. Leave the M40 at Junction 15 and then follow the above M40 instructions.
- Car Parking
There are three car parks on the A439 from Warwick and at least another nine car parks spread throughout the town.
- By Rail From London Marylebone Station (MYB) to Stratford-upon-Avon (SAV) by Chiltern
Railways. Journey time about 2¼ hours.
From London Euston station to Stratford-upon-Avon takes about 3¼ hours.
It is a short walk from Stratford Railway Station to Stratford Market Place. Visitors should definitely check times, fares and tickets at Web: National Rail Enquiries
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