Following on from my post all about the Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, I have decided to do a post about 10 things you should do in Stratford.
History of Stratford-Upon-Avon
Stratford-Upon-Avon is a Market Town located in Warwickshire, England. Stratford is one of the most visited (if not the most) town in the UK due to it being Shakespeare’s hometown. Stratford-Upon-Avon got its names from the Romans, ‘Street’ translating to ‘Strat’ and ‘Ford’ being ‘Water’.
10 Things to do in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm
The first place we visited was the Butterfly Farm. There is a full review of the Butterfly Farm on my blog.
The River Avon runs through the Stratford-Upon-Avon and connects Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
In the Summer, there is a Chain Ferry that runs across the Avon.
Shakespeare’s Birth Place is a good place to start on your trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon. You can either just have a photo of the outside of the house, or you can pay to go inside the house and the other Shakespeare Family houses around Stratford with a pass.
Shakespeare’s Resting Place // Holy Trinity Church
Shakespeare and the rest of the Shakespeare family are all laid to rest in the Holy Trinity Church. You have to pay to go see the graves, but at £3 I thought it was not too bad. It also goes into the running of the Church, which I believe is a good cause.
Shakespeare’s School // King Edward VI School
We didn’t plan on going into here as from the outside it just looked like a regular gift shop. As we went in, we was welcomed into what I found out was the school where Shakespeare studied (like lots of other boys in the past). We had a school lesson, did some Shakespearean Role Play and had a look around the classrooms.
Classes are still held there for the local schools, which I think is great to keep the history of the School still running.
The Old Bank
This is now a current Bank, but it would of been the Bank for the Town of Stratford in the past. The sign is still fully visible outside.
Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre
I didn’t get to go in unfortunately, but this is the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The company tour the UK with their performances of Shakespeare plays as well as Matilda in the West End.
We unfortunalty didn’t get chance to visit Tudor World, but it is meant to be a brilliant and interactive look at how Tudor’s used to live.
Adult – £6 // Children – £3
Just down the road from Shakespeare’s Birthplace is the Mechanical Art & Design Museum. We will be revisiting Stratford later on in the year to visit here as it looked amazing and the reviews have been great. It looks a great place for our inner Art, Design and Science geeks.
Adult – £6.80 // Children – £4.50
The Nutcracker Christmas Shop
The Nutcracker Christmas Shop is open all year round and it is just perfect for those who love Christmas. It is full with 100s of tree decorations, big decorations for your house and even houses the most Christmassy smell ever.
It is definitely worth a visit, and it is directly opposite Shakespeare’s Birthplace too.
Where should I go to visit in Stratford next?
As I mentioned before, I really want to revisit Stratford again later on in the year to do the bits which we missed. Is there anywhere you recommend me going in Stratford? Please let me know in the comments.