7 Reasons Stratford-upon-Avon Is the Perfect Weekend Getaway
We’ve all heard about William Shakespeare’s famed birthplace, but there are so many more reasons to visit the idyllic Stratford-Upon Avon. For one, you can now get tickets to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s show on TodayTix, and if that isn’t a reason enough to visit, here’s why you should add it to your list this spring.
1. It’s a medieval market town.
The small market town has over 800 years of history. Many old buildings are still standing today with black and white tudor style fronts and lots of cute boutique shops to visit.
2. It’s a haven for Shakespeare fans.
Stratford-upon-Avon is most famous for being the birthplace and home to the William Shakespeare. You can visit his birthplace, grave, and even his wife Anne Hathaway’s cottage.
3. The countryside is full of places to explore.
Head to the National Trust Charlecote park if you have time. There’s a beautiful country house set in the middle of parkland. It’s also home to many fallow deer.
4. You can explore the canals.
Take a long walk (approximately five and a half miles for the full experience) around the Henley and the Stratford-upon-Avon canals. Or head to the Canal Basin with little shops on boats and places to grab a bite to eat. It’s surrounded by gardens so it’s perfect for a picnic on a nice day.
5. Visit the famous Teddy Bear shop. (It’s not just for kids!)
At the bottom of Sheep Street, you’ll find the famous Teddy Bear shop, Curtis Brae, which displays famous bears from story book characters including Beatrix Potter and Paddington Bear. Pro tip: Don’t miss it if you are visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace house as it’s a stones throw from there.
6. Go glamping.
There are some peaceful glamping sites around the outskirts of the town. Make sure to check in advance for outdoor BBQ’s and even pony trekking.
7. It’s Christmas everyday (at the Nutcracker Christmas shop).
Stratford-Upon-Avon is home to the adorable and magical Nutcracker Christmas shop filled traditional German wooden decorations, classic Santas, and hanging decorations.