Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

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  • 1. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

    Notable Building

    The most picturesque of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties, this thatched cottage on the western outskirts of Stratford is the family...Read More

  • 2. Holy Trinity Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century church on the banks of the River Avon is the final resting place of William Shakespeare. He was buried here not because he...Read More

  • 3. Mary Arden’s Farm

    Historic Home

    This charming working farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, and offers great insight into the farming methods employed...Read More

  • 4. Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Overlooking Bancroft Gardens and with views along the River Avon, the Stratford home of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company is undoubtedly...Read More

  • 5. Shakespeare’s Birthplace

    Museum/Gallery

    A half-timber house typical of its time, the playwright's birthplace is a much-visited shrine that has been altered and restored since Shakespeare...Read More

  • 6. Shakespeare’s New Place

    Historic Home

    This is the spot where Shakespeare lived for the last 19 years of his life and where he wrote many of his plays, including The Tempest . Though...Read More

  • 7. Bancroft Gardens

    Garden

    Between the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Clopton Bridge lie these well-tended expanses of lawns and flower beds. The swans gliding gracefully...Read More

  • 8. Charlecote Park

    Historic Home

    A celebrated house in the village of Hampton Lucy just outside Stratford, Charlecote Park is a Prodigy house, built in 1558 by Sir Thomas Lucy...Read More

  • 9. Compton Verney

    Museum/Gallery

    A neoclassical country mansion remodeled in the 1760s by Scottish architect Robert Adam has been repurposed by the Peter Moores Foundation as...Read More

  • 10. Guild Chapel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This historic chapel is the noble centerpiece of Stratford's Guild buildings, including the Guildhall, the Grammar School, and the almshouses...Read More

  • 11. Hall’s Croft

    Historic District/Site

    One of the finest surviving Jacobean (early-17th-century) town houses in England, this impressive residence (one of the best preserved of the...Read More

  • 12. MAD Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Push buttons and pedals to your heart's content to make the exhibits in the Mechanical Art & Design Museum come alive. Witty, beautiful...Read More

  • 13. Shakespeare Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Gin is really having a moment in England right now, and this distillery is embracing the trend while combining traditional Tudor ingredients...Read More

  • 14. Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall

    Historic District/Site

    Dating from the early 15th century, the Guildhall is where a young Shakespeare went to school and where he was allegedly first introduced to...Read More

  • 15. Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The United Kingdom’s largest exotic butterfly collection is housed in a tropical greenhouse, a two-minute walk past the Bridgefoot footbridge...Read More

  • 16. Tudor World

    Museum/Gallery

    Tread carefully over the cobbles, and enter Tudor World on Sheep Street to find a dimly lit and quirky maze of displays that explore, with the...Read More

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