Visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon is a peaceful market town in the county of Warwickshire, just 22miles from Birmingham in the midlands of England. It’s most famous inhabitant was William Shakespeare and there’s a lot to discover about the literary genius here. But don’t be fooled, there’s lots more to see and do in Straford Upon Avon other than see Bill’s birthplace. You can visit the MAD Museum and appreciate mechanical contraptions that please the eye, tour Sheep Street and its colourful street performers and have enough shopping and dining locations to last a lifetime! So here’s our guide to a town in the UK you’ll definitely want to visit.
Henley Street is one of the most historic places in the area. Start off by visiting William Shakespeare’s birthplace and learn about his childhood. Next, check out the living spaces of William Shakespeare’s relatives and discover the famous people who visited Stratford Upon Avon to meet with William. Visit Anne Hathaway’s house which features a tea shop and elaborate garden. After getting a glimpse inside of William Shakespeare’s life, relax at one of the many cafes and watch the numerous street performers. Though the highlight of your visit on Henley Street will be the Shakespearean dwellings there are plenty of other activities and locations to visit to pass the time. If the weather is good take a wander around the streets and be sure to take some photos of the pretty thatched cottages.
- Opening times: Open daily usually from 9am – 5pm
- Ticket prices: Adults £21 Children £13
- For more information visit the official website
The MAD Museum
If history isn’t really your cup of tea, then maybe the Mechanical Art and Design Museum sure will be. Also located on Sheep Street the MAD Museum is a collection of simple machines that have some aesthetic value but are for the most part impractical and simply entertaining. Many of the pieces in the museum are Steampunk-style creations, which take the viewer back in time to envision the future from the perspective of the past. Other artists have gone for a more modern look. Some pieces even have a small screen on them. The MAD Museum is a hodge-podge of different creations and different time periods, a welcome break from the historic side of town and a very unique place.
- Opening times: Open 7 Days a week. March – October: 10.30am – 6.30pm and November – February: 11.00am – 5.00pm
- Ticket Price: Adults £7.80, Children £4.50
- Check out the MAD Museum website for more details.
Sheep Street is a great place to go after a tiring day. Sheep Street has a plethora of shops, ranging from unique venues, to major outlets. The only thing that can make shopping better is food, and Sheep Street is lined with unique English pubs, cafés, and restaurants. It’s a great place top people watch and If you happened to forget to bring something this would be the place to shop. Sheep Street is a great place to socialize and relax. The heart of Stratford Upon Avon.
Where to Stay
One of the best places to stay while visiting the Stratford-upon-Avon area is the Arden Hotel. This hotel is relatively small with only 45 rooms, so it would be wise to reserve a room well in advance. You will feel like Victorian-age royalty from the first minute you step into the hotel. On the outside the Arden Hotel may look like a shabby brick building but the rooms boast spacious living area, plush pillows and cosy blankets. The hotel offers free breakfast and parking. The Arden also has a champagne bar and restaurant. The best part is that the Arden Hotel is walking distance from all of the major attractions. Perfect!
Check out this great video on the Shakespeare in Stratford Upon Avon.