Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Black Country Living Museum

    Museum Village

    This 26-acre museum on social history gives insight into what life was like centuries ago for the men and women who worked in the coal-producing...Read More

  • 2. Ironbridge Gorge Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The 10 sites that make up the Ironbridge Gorge Museum—a World Heritage Site spread over 6 square miles—preserve the area’s fascinating industrial...Read More

  • 3. Ludlow Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The "very perfection of decay," according to author Daniel Defoe, the ruins of this red sandstone castle date from 1085. No wonder the massive...Read More

  • 4. Mary Arden’s Farm

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Warwick Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The vast bulk of this medieval castle rests on a cliff overlooking the Avon River and is considered "the fairest monument of ancient and chivalrous...Read More

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  • 7. Bewdley Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The 18th-century butchers’ market, the Shambles, now holds this museum, which documents local history, trades, and crafts with exhibits on rope...Read More

  • 8. Cadbury World

    Museum/Gallery

    The village of Bournville (5 miles south of the city center) contains this museum devoted to—what else?—chocolate. In 1879 the Quaker Cadbury...Read More

  • 9. Chester Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Well-landscaped grounds and natural enclosures make the 80-acre zoo one of Britain’s most popular and also one of its largest. Highlights include...Read More

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  • 10. Eastnor Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Completed in 1820, Eastnor Castle, a turreted Norman Revival extravaganza on the eastern outskirts of Ledbury, includes some magnificent neo...Read More

  • 11. Grosvenor Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Start a visit to this museum with a look at the Roman Stones Gallery, which displays Roman-era tombstones previously used to repair city walls...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. National Sea Life Centre

    City Centre | Zoo/Aquarium

    Almost as far from the sea as you can get in Britain (which isn’t very far), this imaginatively landscaped aquarium allows a glimpse into Davey...Read More

  • 14. Severn Valley Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Bewdley is the southern terminus of this steam railroad running 16 miles north along the river to Bridgnorth, a lovely market town on a ridge...Read More

  • 15. St. John's House Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Kids as well as adults appreciate the well-thought-out St. John’s House Museum, with its period costumes and scenes of domestic life, as well...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

    Digbeth | Museum/Gallery

    This interactive museum in the state-of-the-art Millennium Point center allows kids to explore science and the history of Birmingham over four...Read More

  • 18. 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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