So here, in my humble and honest opinion are the best Things to do in Stratford upon Avon
So, let’s not beat around the bush here. Let’s get straight to it…
There are loads of pubs in Stratford upon Avon. You could if you are built that way and alcohol is your medicine spend your entire time going from pub to pub and still not tasted the pleasures of them all when your break is over.
Unfortunately, there are certain disadvantages with taking this approach. The most obvious one is you would miss all the other sights and sounds there are to find in this major tourist town while you wander around in a fog and a haze. However, it it is drinking you want, you have come to the right place.
I will say no more. You will not need my help as there is a pub and a bar of some description on every corner. Good luck and remember the Alka-Seltzer.
Let’s face it a lot of tourists come only for the Shakespeare in its many forms.
You can ‘do’ the theatrical Shakespeare and visit The Royal Shakespeare Theatre with its continual rotation of the great man’s 37 plays in the Main House. Or you can take in the work of his contemporaries next door at the fantastic Swan Theatre. There is of course The Other Place which every now and then (no-one really knows) has a performance of something a little more modern.
Unfortunately, The Royal Shakespeare has, because of the Covid 19 outbreak closed down until next year. There are though outside performances going on with RSC actors at a loose end. At the Dell (near Holy Trinity Church), starting Fridays and through the weekend. Social distancing and free ‘snippets’ of Shakespeare.
You can also ‘do’ the Family Shakespeare.
This is where you visit the Shakespeare family properties. Here’s his Birthplace. His wife’s place, (Anne Hathaway’s cottage). His daughter’s place (Hall’s Croft). And His place that doesn’t really exist anymore, New Place.
STRATFORD UPON AVON
Do not forget Stratford upon Avon itself with its collection of fine, genuine (and some not so) Elizabethan buildings. Included in this exploration is Mary Arden’s Farm (an actual working Elizabethan farm just outside Stratford upon Avon. Transport available). There’s Holy Trinity Church (where Shakespeare is buried) a quite magnificent church for such a small place.
If you are done with the more traditional stuff, there always a walk around the river Avon. Exceptionally beautiful what with its wildlife (swans etc), a stroll around the river can (if you’re lucky) give you respite from what can become heaving crowds. If you do this you will come upon the Recreational Ground, a fantastic place for a lie down or, if you’re with the family, a picnic.
You will also run into one of the more recent additions to Stratford’s pleasures, The Big Wheel. Ideal if you have spent most of your time in the pubs in Stratford upon Avon. You’ll be taken to great heights and spun around and around ‘till you can be spun no more. Enjoy.
PEACE & QUIET
Stay in your hotel room and sleep.
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