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Stratford is one of England’s most historic and vibrant towns. Each year we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. This website is designed to help you plan a visit, or just find out more.

Each year on 12 October (unless this is a Sunday, in which case 11 October) Stratford hosts one of the largest mop fairs in the country. Then, on the second Saturday following, the smaller Runaway fair is held.

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With so many things to do, see and experience come and Discover Stratford.

Renowned around the world, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Rosebird Centre is a much smaller shopping centre located on Shipston Road and contains a large Waitrose supermarket,[17] Pets Corner[18] pet shop and Rosebird Centre Pharmacy. The pharmacy also serves as a medical centre, acting as a branch of the main Rother House Medical Centre on Alcester Road.[19] An Avonvale Veterinary Centre is soon to open in Rosebird Centre.[20]

Visit Stratford-upon-Avon introduces you to a market town with more than 800 years of history, containing not only many buildings that survive today and would have been familiar to Shakespeare, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure, accommodation and shopping experiences. So take a moment to have a look around the site!

Henley Street is now a major tourist and shopping precinct with many al fresco cafés and street entertainers.

An architectural competition was arranged to elicit designs for a new theatre, with the winner, English architect Elisabeth Scott, creating the Royal Shakespeare Theatre we see on the riverside today. The new theatre, adjoining what was left of the old theatre, was opened by the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, in 1932.

The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare, and receives an estimated 4.9 million visitors a year.[4] The Royal Shakespeare Company resides in Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Stratford has Anglo-Saxon origins, and developed as a market town in the medieval period. The original charters of the town were granted in 1196, making Stratford over 800 years old. The name is a combination of the Old English strǣt, meaning "street", and ford, indicating a site at which a road forded a river. The "street" was a smaller Roman Road connecting the larger roads Fosse Way and Icknield Street.

Sheep Street runs from Ely Street eastwards to the Waterside. It was a residential quarter in the 16th century, some of the buildings were rebuilt following the fire of 1595, although many, such as Number 40, date from 1480. Formerly a two-story building that was extended in the early twentieth century has a lower story of substantial close-set studding: the upper is of more widely spaced thin vertical timbers.[36]

Well known for a fantastic variety of restaurants, bars and tea-rooms, foodies will be spoilt for choice with the selection of fine dining options on offer. Visit Food and Drink for information on the best places to eat and drink in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

From big name stores to unique, individual shops, Stratford has something for everyone.

Stratford is 22 miles (35 km) from the UK's second largest city, Birmingham, and is easily accessible from junction 15 of the M40 motorway. The 7 miles (11 km) £12 million Stratford Northern Bypass opened in June 1987 as the A422.

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Sir Peter Hall was appointed artistic director (designate) in 1959, and formed the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1961.

Explore more of Straford-upon-Avon’s many attractions and stay overnight at one of Stratford’s wonderful hotels or B&B’s.

Every year, Shakespeare's birthday is celebrated in Stratford. The celebration takes place over two days on the weekend closest to 23 April, the date of his birth, and includes musical performances, drama and a parade through the town.[40] In 2016, events were held in Stratford to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.[41]

From afternoon tea to the finest restaurants, Stratford is the place to dine.

Rainfall, at around 620 mm (24 in) is typical for low-lying areas of central and eastern England. Over 1 mm of rain was recorded on 115.7 days per year,[5] according to the 1971–2000 observation period.

The theatre burned down in 1926, with the then artistic director, William Bridges-Adams, moving all productions to the local cinema.

Discover the birthplace of William Shakespeare in the heart of his hometown

Having enjoyed a great day out and an enjoyable show then why not make it a special occasion and spend the night in one of Stratford’s excellent hotels. Many of these establishments are full of character and steeped in Shakespearian history themselves, but as all are within easy walking distance of the theatres, then they make the ideal stop over venue.

You can travel directly to Stratford-upon-Avon train station from Birmingham (Snow Hill or Moor Street stations). Last train back to Birmingham, Monday – Friday, at 11.30pm. Direct trains from London Marylebone (via Warwick, Warwick Parkway, Leamington Spa, Banbury and Bicester North), with last train back to London, Monday – Friday, at 11.15pm. Taxis are available at Warwick and Leamington Spa stations. For National Rail Enquiries, call 08457 484950.

Stratford-upon-Avon is internationally renowned for being home to the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare houses: five beautifully preserved Tudor homes and gardens which are all directly linked with William Shakespeare and his family.


There are many parking spaces around the town for disabled drivers provided by Stratford District Council  These are free of charge when displaying a current blue-badge.  Unless there is separate signage there is no time limit.  On-street parking is also free for disabled drivers whilst displaying a current blue-badge and these do not have a time limit.  Car parks operated by other organisations make charges for disabled drivers.

In 1986, Stratford-upon-Avon was the venue for the disastrous provincial try-out of the ill-fated musical Carrie, based on the Stephen King novel.

The new theatre had many illustrious artistic directors, including the actor Anthony Quayle.

The manually powered Stratford-upon-Avon chain ferry was opened in 1937 and links Waterside, roughly halfway between the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church, with the water meadows on the opposite side of the river. It was the last of its kind to be built in Britain.[43]

For details of local bus services from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon please ring 0870 608 2608. For local bus services from Oxford call 08705 808 080. For national enquiries, call 08705 808 080 or visit National Express Coaches.

"The property remained in the ownership of Shakespeare's direct descendants until 1670, when his granddaughter, Elizabeth Barnard, died. As she had no children, Elizabeth left the estate to her relative Thomas Hart, Shakespeare's great-nephew. The main house became a tenanted inn called the Maidenhead (later the Swan and Maidenhead) following the death of John Shakespeare in 1601. Members of the Hart family continued living in the small adjoining cottage throughout the century."

Visit historic Stratford-upon-Avon and immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings.

Stratford was the gateway to the British canal network from the South West before the road and rail networks took over and its industrial past is often overlooked because of the town's association with Shakespeare.

Shakespeare's England is the perfect location for a cultural break.

Suburbs and areas of Stratford-on-Avon include Shottery, Bishopton, Bridgetown, Tiddington, and Old Town.

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Harvard House is located at 26 High Street, next door to The Garrick Inn pub, named after Shakespearean actor David Garrick and reputedly the oldest pub in the town. Other attractions include the Stratford Butterfly Farm, which is on the eastern side of the river and the Bancroft Gardens and Stratford Armouries located three miles (4.8 km) from the centre of Stratford on Gospel Oak Lane.

King Edward VI School, located on the corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane, is a grammar school thought to have been attended by William Shakespeare.