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How to Plan Your Perfect Getaway to Stratford-upon-Avon

11 March 2019 by Stephanie Mandeville
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Now that you can book your favourite theatre shows in Stratford-upon-Avon through TodayTix, we’re thinking it’s time to plan a trip to the idyllic village for the weekend (or longer) this spring. We’re here to help you make the most of your trip, from where to stay to where to eat to where to visit, when you’re not at the theatre of course. It may be Shakespeare’s birthplace, but there are many more reasons to visit the waterside town. 

Places to Visit

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Visit the charming, 500-year-old thatched cottage. You can even buy a ticket to go inside and learn more about the Bard’s wife and family. 

Stratford Butterfly Farm
Stratford-upon-Avon is home to the UK’s largest tropical butterfly farm surrounded by waterfalls and ponds. It’s open all year round so you can stroll through the rainforest environment and discover the most spectacular and colourful butterflies.

Straford-upon-Avon Riverside Path
Take a walk along the beautiful riverside path with many grassy areas, canal boats, and ducks. Tt’s the perfect place for a picnic.

Where to Eat and Drink

No.9 Church Street  
Located in the centre over town with a neighbourhood feel, this restaurant is great for a glass of wine or a meal. They offer a pre-theatre menu for a 2 or 3 course meal including soups, lamb, or a chocolate pudding treat.

The Opposition Bistro
This cozy restaurant is located near the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre and Shakespeare’s birthplace. It’s great for fresh locally produced food. Keep an eye out on the specials menu regularly changing.

RSC Rooftop Restaurant
This rooftop restaurant is a great and convenient place to grab a cocktail before the performance, and it’s open for afternoon tea before 5PM. It also has stunning views of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Lambs Restaurant
Situated in one of the oldest buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon, Lambs Restaurant boasts original beamed ceilings and features, dating from the early sixteenth century.

The Mercure Stratford

Where to Stay
If you are coming from London or further we suggest you stay overnight. The Mercure Stratford is a traditional hotel in the centre of town close to the RSC Theatre. Or try the Crowne Plaza for a relaxing stay with access to the indoor heated pool. If you get chance in the morning, check out Boston Tea Party, voted the best cafe in Stratford by the Stratford-upon-Avon Awards.

How to Get There

By Car: Stratford-upon-Avon is about a two-hour drive, from J15 of the M40.

By Train: Travel via Birmingham Snow Hill or Moor Street station with the last train back to Birmingham (Monday – Saturday) departing at 11.30PM.

For more info visit the RSC website.