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Rumour has it that whilst William Shakespeare was sleeping his last ever Sonnet was stolen from his room by the Flannagan family. It's believed they decided to bury the Sonnet and return when the finger of suspicion was lifted from them. On their way home they met an untimely death as their carriage toppled into the river and with it the location of the last Sonnet. Can you find where they buried the last Sonnet?
In 2011 Stratford-upon-Avon was voted the sixth best destination in the UK by the world's largest travel website, TripAdvisor. The winners of the 2011 Travellers' Choice Destination Awards were based on the experiences of millions of travellers from around the world. TripAdvisor asked its users to state where in the world they had visited and whether they liked it or not and received contributions from more than one million people. London topped the chart with Edinburgh and Bath coming second and third.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a picturesque town beautifully situated on the River Avon with a wealth of black and white timber framed buildings. It is, of course, most famous for being the birthplace of the world's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.
Enjoy a stroll around the town centre with its good selection of independent shops, restaurants and tearooms. A great way to explore the town and the neighbouring villages of Shottery and Wilmcote (home to Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm) is with City Sightseeing's hop-on, hop off open top buses. If you want to expend a bit more effort seeing the Shakespeare Houses, then the Birthplace Trust and Stratford Bike Hire have jointly produced a cycle route taking in all the houses. If you don't have your bikes with you then you can hire some from Stratford Bike Hire.
You can also see Stratford by water. Why not relax on a river cruise with Bancroft Cruisers or Avon Boating, dine aboard the Countess of Evesham floating restaurant, or row yourself up and down the river.
Families will love the Butterfly Farm which houses hundreds of exotic species. Anyone interested in the 'Terrible Tudors' won't want to miss the The Falstaffs Experience, a living museum where history is brought to life with theatrical and atmospheric settings. In March of 2012 a new family attraction opened ful of quirky exhibits, weird machines, automata and robots - The MAD Museum. No visit to Stratford-upon-Avon would be complete without seeing a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company, who reopened their main theatre on 24th November 2010 after an extensive rebuild and renovation.
The best of Stratford's architectural heritage is located along a centuries-old walking route leading from Shakespeare's Birthplace in Henley Street to Holy Trinity Church in Old Town. Here are to be found nearly all of the town's most important buildings, some of them of national importance.
The Stratford Society has documented this walk as 'The Historic Spine' which we believe will help both visitors and residents to appreciate the unique experience of tracing this route through the heart of historic Stratford. Think of the walk as 'Birthplace to Grave'.
Stratford is also home to a series of festivals through the year with something for everyone: Literary Festival, Fringe Festival, Poetry Festival, River Festival, a Food festival and and Music Festival.
Stratford video clip from Discover Warwickshire DVD
This video clip is taken from the Discover Warwickshire DVD giving a brief overview of the town. It covers the Birthplace, Hall's Croft, New Place, Anne Hathway's cottage, markets, restaurants, street entertainers, shops, Tudor World and the River Avon. This gives you a good introduction to the town.
Order a copy of ‘Your Guide to Stratford upon Avon' from the Shakespeare Country eShop
Order a copy of ‘Stratford upon Avon and Shakespeare's Country' from the Shakespeare Country eShop
Order a copy of the Historic Spine and Old Town Booklets from the shakespeare Country eShop.