Welcome to Shakespeare Country

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Visit and experience the local cuisine, traditional towns and villages and watch the history come alive as you explore William Shakespeare's birthplace. There is so much to see and do you will need to plan your visit before you get here and if you decide to stay a while there is a wide range of accommodation to choose from.

Since 2008, Stratford has hosted the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, which comprises of two literary events a year, one in spring and a shorter festival in autumn.

You can enjoy a picnic in the popular Bancroft Gardens and river area while watching the river activities such as rowing, motor boats and cruises along with the many entertainers who often perform on the river bank.

While in Stratford you can visit the five houses relating to Shakespeare's life which is owned and looked after by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. These include Hall's Croft (the one-time home of Shakespeare's daughter) and Nash's House, which is on the same site as New Place which was owned by Shakespeare himself and where he died. In Shottery is Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the home of Shakespeare's wife's before they married. Mary Arden's House, the family home of Shakespeare's mother.

The first theatre in Stratford was a temporary wooden construction built in 1769 by the actor David Garrick for his Shakespeare Jubilee celebrations to mark Shakespeare's birthday. In the early 1870s, the local council were gifted several acres of riverside land on the understanding that a permanent theatre be built in Shakespeare's memory, and by 1879 the first Shakespeare Memorial Theatre had been completed.

Other attractions include the Stratford Butterfly Farm and Stratford Armouries which are both in close proximity to the town centre. For a day out with the kids why not visit Twycross Zoo which is home to over 900 animals of more than 150 species.

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White Sails

Stratford-upon-Avon's 5 * Gold Award guest house dedicated to providing genuine, personal hospitality to ensure pampering and relaxation in 'chic' boutique accommodation - stay - enjoy - indulge!

Guest House with 5 rooms, £105-£130 prpnb

Wroxall Abbey Estates

Wroxall Abbey Hotel

Nestled in 27 acres of open parkland, Wroxall Abbey Estate occupies a unique setting amidst the peace and tranquillity of the Warwickshire countryside.

Hotel with 72 rooms, £69-£99 prpnb

Whitley Elm Cottages

Bianca & Whitley Elm Cottages

Four attractive cottages converted from 18th century barns, in the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house set in beautiful countryside.

Self-catering with 4 units, £355-£595 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Mill from the millstream

Tredington Mill

Tredington Mill is an 18th century water mill in the quiet Warwickshire village of Tredington, in a charming riverside location. We are ideally situated between the Cotswolds and Shakespeare country..

Self-catering with 2 units, £500-£700 pupw sleeps 1-4

Stratford Holiday Cottages

Stratford Holiday Cottages

Two 3 bedroomed holiday cottages in a supurb location in a quiet back street very close to the town centre. The cottages both have very sought after and essential private off road parking as on street permit parking can be difficult.

Self-catering with 2 units, £250-£750 pupw sleeps 1-6

Dorset House

Dorset House

Dorset house and cottage are fully restored 'Listed' buildings, each well equipped and furnished with antiques. Dorset House is ideal for group for up to 19 people and the Cottage will sleep 4.

Self-catering with 2 units, £510-£3195 pupw sleeps 1-19

Green Gables

Green Gables

We are a comfortable central heated Edwardian house, situated south of the River Avon, ten minutes walk from Stratford Tourist Information Centre and town centre, with adequate parking.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £25-£36 pppnb

Ingon Bank Farm

Ingon Bank Farm

Ingon Bank Farm is a friendly, family run farmhouse on a working farm. Conveniently situated 2 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon and near to the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle and the NEC.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £61-£90 prpnb

The Old Coach House

The Old Coach House

3.5 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh and set in a quiet rural location, this charming 17 Century Coach House offers contemporary en-suite rooms with thoughtful touches. Next door a characterful public house offers excellent evening meals.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £70-£80 prpnb

Shakespeare's View

Shakespeare's View

Elegant award winning B&B, with spectacular views looking south across the Avon Valley. Bright and beautifully decorated rooms. 3 miles from Stratford centre, ideally placed for exploring Shakespeare Country and the Cotswolds.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £88-£90 prpn

Noel Arms Hotel Chipping Campden

Noel Arms Hotel

The Noel Arms, a traditional coaching inn, in Chipping Campden, with restaurant, bar and coffee shop.

Hotel with 27 rooms, £65-£200 prpnb

Stratford Manor Hotel

Stratford Manor

Stratford Manor is set in 21 acres of beautiful countryside, superbly located 3 miles from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, and a similar distance from Warwick and its superb castle.

Hotel with 104 rooms, £0-£13300 prpnb

Stratford Guest House

Stratford Guest House

Brand NEW luxury guest house, 7 minutes walk of town centre for an extra special stay for couples and families.

Guest House with 7 rooms, £5-£105 prpnb

Cherry Trees

Cherry Trees

Cherry Trees is Five Star Gold and Highly Commended by the AA, recommended in the Good Hotel Guide 2012 and Michelin Guide. A tranquil Bed and Breakfast, with Luxury Suites, situated in the heart of Stratford, on the banks of the Avon

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £110-£135 prpnb

Bedroom - Stow

Maxwells Piece Bed and Breakfast

Family Bed and Breakfast, Homely, clean and comfortable, recently fully refurbished to a high standard.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £69-£89 prpnb

Croft Guest House

Croft Guest House

Friendly, non-smoking country guest house with extensive gardens. Convenient for Coventry, Warwick, Stratford and NEC. Clean and pleasing award-winning bedrooms.

Guest House with 9 rooms, £40 pppnb, £60 prpnb

The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel

The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel

On quiet side road, 3 mins' from town centre and castle, 11 en-suite tastefully furnished bedrooms (5 ground floor), 36-seater restaurant with 'real' food plus fully licenced bar specialising in real ale beers. Lunch 12-2. Evening closed

Guest Accommodation with 11 rooms, £0-£80 prpnb

Jersey Villa Guest House

Jersey Villa Guest House

Jersey Villa is warm friendly welcoming guesthouse.The building is an 18th century detached brick built house situated close to the town centre and within walking distance to Warwick Castle and the town centre of Warwick & Leamington Spa -

Guest House with 5 rooms, £40-£90 prpnb

Jackdaw Cottage

Jackdaw Cottage & Wren's Nest

2 attractive, old world, character cottages, with exposed oak beams. Fully refurbished to a high standard. Situated in the conservation area, around Kenilworth Castle. Convenient for Stratford, Warwick, Cotswolds, NEC and Stoneleigh Park

Self-catering with 2 units, £310-£470 pupw sleeps 1-5



Courtland Hotel is centrally situated at the rear of Shakepeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of Warwickshire

Guest House with 6 rooms, £50-£85 prpnb

Explore the area

Shakespeare Country consists of many major towns along with some smaller towns and villages which have lots of places to visit.

You can visit Coventry and see the majestic St. Michael's Cathedral with is Coventry's best-known landmark but the town is also home to War Memorial Park which is host to a range of music events.

Why not take some time to visit Warwick and the medieval castle founded by William the Conqueror or the Collegiate Church of St. Mary where you can view the city from the tower.

If you fancy a day out in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty then take a trip to the Cotswolds, designated in 1966, which is over two thousand square kilometres and is the largest in England and Wales.

Of course, you can visit the historic town of Stratford to learn the history of William Shakespeare or relax by the river Avon.

If you are looking for somewhere to eat, visiting The Cross pub in Kenilworth is a must as it received a Michelin star in 2014.

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With a full calendar of events to enjoy year-round, Shakespeare Country is the place to be!

Plan your visit

With so much to see and do in Shakespeare Country, we have put together some itineraries to help you make the most of your trip.

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