Stratford Upon Avon, England

Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town in Warwickshire, England. The town is best known as the birthplace of playwright William Shakespeare, and for that fact alone, receives 3 million visitors every year.

More on Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon has a population of 26,000 people (2012 estimate). As its name suggests, it is located on the River Avon. The nearest major city is

Birmingham, located 35 km (22 mi) to the northwest.

The history of Stratford goes back to 1196, when it received its town charter. Today it derives its income mainly from tourism, particularly in the hospitality industry. Due to the continuous stream of tourists, it has a well developed tourism infrastructure, with hotels, restaurants and tourist sights.

Visiting Stratford-upon-Avon

There are trains from London Marylebone station to Stratford-upon-Avon. Journey ntakes about two and a half hours. Trains also connect it with Birmingham and Warwick.

To reach Stratford-upon-Avon by car, take the M40 motorway to Exit 15, then continue southwest on A46, followed by the A439 road until you arrive in town.

Places of Interest to visit in Stratford-upon-Avon

  1. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
    Former childhood home of Anne Hathaway (1555/6-1623), the wife of William Shakespeare.

  2. Hall’s Croft
    House that once belonged to William Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband Dr John Hall.

  3. Nash’s House
    House located next to New Place, the final residence of William Shakespeare, today converted into a museum.

  4. New Place
    The final place of residence for William Shakespeare in town. He3 died there in 1616.

  5. Royal Shakespeare Theatre
    1040-seat theatre dedicated to William Shakespeare, located beside the River Avon.

  6. Shakespeare’s Birthplace
    Half-timbered house on Henley Street where William Shakespeare was born in 1564.

  7. Swan Theatre
    Theatre belonging to the Royal Shakespeare Company, located next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

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