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Welcome to Shakespeare Country

"All the world‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players."

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Welcome to Shakespeare Country
Birthplace of William Shakespeare

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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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Arbor Holiday & Knightcote Farm Cottages

Arbor Holiday & Knightcote Farm Cottages

Leave all your troubles behind and relax in this award winning countryside hideaway in the peaceful village of Knightcote. Five self-catering farm cottages have been lavishly equipped and furnished to ensure you are cosy and comfortable.

Self-catering with 5 units, £458-£2384 pupw sleeps 1-10

Newlands Caravan Park

Newlands Caravan Park

We have individual pitches, nineteen of which have electric hook-ups, a toilet and shower block, and an attractive rally field capable of comfortably accommodating sixty caravans.

Touring & Camping Park with 80 pitches, £13-£18 ptpn

White-Sails

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

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

Hilton Warwick

Hilton Warwick / Stratford-upon-Avon

Hotel providing easy access from all major midlands road networks, sitting just off Junction 15 off M40, close to towns of Warwick and Stratford.

Hotel with 181 rooms, £71-£134 prpnb

50 Ely Street

50 Ely Street

This charming Grade II listed Tudor cottage is situated in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, a few minutes walk from most of its major features and shopping centre, yet not on a busy traffic route.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £386-£642 pupw sleeps 2-4

Express by Holiday Inn - Warwick

Holiday Inn Express - Warwick

The hotel is a modern building that has recently been refurbished. It is conveniently located between Warwick and Stratford at the heart of the motorway network.

Hotel with 138 rooms, £72-£120 prpnb

Chesford Grange

Chesford Grange

Chesford Grange sits in idyllic surroundings at the very heart of the Warwickshire countryside. The 17 acres of private gardens lead down to the River Avon at the rear of the hotel.

Hotel with 205 rooms, £75-£125 prpnb

Legacy Falcon Hotel

Legacy Falcon Hotel

The Legacy Falcon in the heart of this market town, opposite New Place and a short stroll from the Royal Shakespeare theatres.

Hotel with 84 rooms, £55-£150 pppnb, £55-£170 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!

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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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