Beautifully situated on the River Avon, this small historic town is internationally renowned as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, five historic houses linked to the Bard and a wealth of other attractions. Stratford is a perfect choice for a short break, welcoming many national and international visitors every year.
The towns name is derived from the Old English name of Straet meaning Street and Ford that meant that it forded the river into the town. In 1490 Hugh Clopton (he was Lord Mayor of London in 1483) built the present bridge that consists of 14 arches. This is now regarded as an Ancient monument and is the main thoroughfare in and out of the town.
Enjoy a stroll around the town centre with its good selection of 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 House ) is with City Sightseeing's hop-on, hop off buses. Walking tours with Stratford Town Walk are also popular.
No visit to Stratford-upon-Avon would be complete without seeing a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company at their main theatre that has recently undergone an extensive rebuild and renovation.