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Stratford lies about 100 miles northwest of London; take M40 to Junction 15. The town is 37 miles southeast of Birmingham by A435 and A46 or by M40 to Junction 15.
Chiltern Railways serves the area from London's Marylebone Station. Six direct trains a day take just over two hours to reach Stratford; other trains require changing at Birmingham. London Midland operates direct routes from Birmingham's Snow Hill Station (journey time under an hour). Stratford has two stations, Stratford Parkway, northwest of the centre at Bishopston, and Stratford at the edge of the town center on Alcester Road, from which you can take a taxi or walk the short distance into town.
Stratford's center is small and easily walkable—it's unlikely you'd need to use the local bus service. City Sightseeing runs hop-on, hop-off guided tours of Stratford (£12.50), and you can combine the tour (about an hour with no stops) with entry to either three (£25.50) or five (£29) Shakespeare houses. In summer, the same company's Heart of Warwickshire tour includes Compton Verney, Charlecote Park, and Warwick (four trips on weekends from April through July, daily in August). The Stratford Town Walk runs all year and also offers ghost-themed walks and cruises.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust runs the main places of Shakespearean interest: Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Hall's Croft, Mary Arden's House, Nash's House and New Place, Shakespeare's Birthplace, and Shakespeare's Grave. Buy a money-saving combination ticket to all five properties for £22.50, or pay separate entry fees if you're visiting only one or two. Family tickets are an option, too. Advance booking online gives you a 10% saving. Tickets for Hall's Croft and Nash's House and New Place are available only as a rather pricey (£14.95) joint ticket that includes the birthplace and grave.
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