Bards & Boating, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
“To go, or not to go": that is the question?
Stratford-upon-Avon is located on the banks of the River Avon and around 100 miles (160km) north-west of London.
You don’t need to be a huge fan of William Shakespeare to visit here, as it is such a beautiful town in its own right, and full of so much history.
However, if you are a fan, it certainly helps.
Discovering Stratford-upon-AvonGo for a stroll
The Library and Registry Office
Take me to the RiverThe River Avon that is!
Canal boats, rowing boats, pleasure trips you name it, the choice was yours. There is even a little chain ferry to take you across the river for 50p, which is the first ferry from 1937.
What you must see in Bancroft Gardens is the Shakespeare Memorial by Lord Ronald Gower. Surrounding William Shakespeare is four eye-catching bronze statues that depict the literary characters of Falstaff, Hamlet, Lady Macbeth & Prince Hal.
William ShakespeareThe man himself
The Guildhall, Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Almshouses
William Shakespeare's LifeThe family years
Standing next to where New Place was, is Nash’s House, built around 1600 and home of Thomas Nash who was the first husband of William’s granddaughter Elizabeth.
Both Nash’s House and the site of New Place were acquired in 1876 by Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
William Shakespeare's Resting PlaceHoly Trinity Church
The Royal Shakespeare CompanyAt home in Stratford-upon-Avon
The Royal Shakespeare Company as you would expect is based in Stratford-upon-Avon. It has regular performances in London and often tours the UK, so if you’re unable to pick up a production here, then keep a lookout locally.
The RSC has three theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, the main one is the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and sits pride of place along the River Avon. This theatre was opened on Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd April 1932, in 2007 it was closed for a multimillion-pound refurbishment & reopened in 2010.
The Other Place Theatre
A Royal Shakespeare Company performanceWherefore art thou?
It was a modern take on one of William Shakespeare’s most famous productions, and it was absolutely fantastic.
The cast was incredible, full of energy and transported you into their world. The cast member Charlotte Josephine played an amazing role as Mercutio.
Historic Stratford-upon-AvonSheep Street
One of Stratford-upon-Avon’s most historic streets is Sheep Street, many of the buildings along here are from 15th & 16th-century.
Sheep Street, aptly named as this was where sheep were brought from the nearby Cotswolds for trading. We’ve come across a few Sheep Streets on this road trip.
Signs of William Shakespeare everywhereQuirky Statues
How to get there
The Stratford-upon-Avon CanalGo with the flow
If you fancy a bit more of a sedate way to tour the local countryside, there’s always a canal boat. We’ve made a few canal boat trips, and they are great fun for young and old.
The waterway and locks that lead into the canal basin at the River Avon are the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
A canal boat navigating the locks
The best of Stratford-upon-AvonMixing with the locals
It’s full of wooden beams, nooks and crannies and a great little snug bar at the front.
It’s been an inn since 1718 in its current Elizabethan style, however, the building dates back a couple of centuries further and is known to have been an Inn during the medieval period.
Would you like a little more?
We have created a little YouTube video of Stratford-upon-Avon - why not check it out?
Why not subscribe to our YouTube channel and get the latest clips as we post them?
Eating in Stratford-upon-AvonWhere we ate
* This post may contain links to affiliated sites where we earn a small commission at no additional charge to you.
Inspired to visit Stratford-upon-Avon?
(Why not Pin It for Later?)
If you enjoy what you see, and you’d like regular updates then join us for a monthly newsletter.
I visited Stratford-upon-Avon years ago and had forgotten how gorgeous it was – we will have to go there again next time we are back in the UK. A fabulous post with great photos. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks very much, we really enjoyed it. It is a beautiful town, so much history & it was made all the better that we got to see the performance of Romeo & Juliet.
Oh yes! The answer is most definitely to go! I’ve visited Stratford-upon-Avon as a young teen, but would love to go back and explore more, see some of these Tudor, time-framed villages!! Pinned! #FarawayFiles
It was some years ago that I had previously visited, so, it was really great rediscovering it again. It’s a lovely size town and a relaxed atmosphere along the riverside.
What a wonderful look at Stratford upon Avon. Those half timbered houses and thatched roofs are so beautiful and I can never resist a town with canals and longboats. Shakespeare had a charmed life!
It was a real pleasure strolling around, I had forgotten how lovely it was. I’m so pleased we took the chance of grabbing a RSC performance, it was fantastic & a modern twist on Romeo & Juliet.
I have been wanting to visit Stratford upon Avon, and your post has pointed to what I should keep an eye out for. Looks like a great place to visit, and I am a fan of Shakespeare. Can’t believe I haven’t made it there yet! Thanks for all the great background and photos. Pinning for later. Cheers! #FarawayFiles
Thanks Beth, we really loved it & the sunshine made it all the better. The quirky little statues all around the town add a bit of fun.You must try and catch an RSC performance while you’re there it was fantastic. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.