Most famously known for being William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon is steeped in history and has some incredible landmarks, attracting up to 3 million tourists a year.
In 2020 the opening times, requirements to book and whether places are open at all are, of course, subject to change, so check with the venue or attraction first!
Explore Shakespeare’s childhood in the home where he was born and grew up in. Listen to the tales of Shakespeare’s family life with his parents and siblings, and see some incredible artifacts that have been preserved by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Shakespeare also lived here for the first 5 years of his marriage with Anne Hathaway.
New Place, Shakespeare’s last home
Known as Shakespeare’s last home, and although the house no longer exists, this site is a specially-designed garden which is maintained by the Trust. A great experience to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and see fantastic commissioned artwork.
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Situated along the River Avon, the Grade II listed building is a fantastic theatre with 1018 seats and shows regular performances of Shakespeare’s plays. Guests can also purchase tickets for a theatre tour or go up the Tower for stunning views of the whole town.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife
A stunning 500 year old cottage, this is the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. Learn about Shakespeare’s romantic love story and tales of the Hathaway family.
Built in 1613, Hall’s Croft is the former home of Shakespeare’s eldest daughter, Susanna and her husband John Hall who was a compassionate physician, specialising in treating patients with herbs and plants. Take a look at the beautifully furnished Jacobean home with its peaceful garden.
Mary Arden’s Farm
The childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. Explore this Tudor farm with yards, playground and historical buildings, and watch craft demonstrations.
Church of the Holy Trinity
Known to be the most visited Parish church in England, this is where Shakespeare was baptised and buried; thousands of visitors come each year to visit his final resting place. This church has also been an active place of worship for over 1000 years.
This Grade I listed house was built in 1596 by Thomas Rogers , whose grandson is known as the main benefactor of Harvard University. One of the few remaining preserved townhouses in Stratford-upon-Avon, you can learn about how wealthy townsfolk lived.
A restored heritage site which still retains the feel from the 19th century, open every Saturday from the end of April to September. Enjoy free guided tours and demonstrations in the blacksmith and woodwright workshop.
The Swan Theatre
An intimate theatre with 426 seats, open in 1986, showing a variety of plays from different playwrights.