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The bard’s town

Shakespeare may be from the Cotswolds, but the historic market town that bore him reveals little about the bard’s early career. His birth and baptism are recorded, but he remains a vague personage until he materialises in London, virtually a fully-fledged poet and playwright. He spent much of his life in Stratford, providing it with more than enough justification to celebrate his association with the town tastefully, authoritatively as well as lucractively.

Stratford is internationally renowned as the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, long recognised as the world’s leading classical theatre corporation. Some of the world’s most distinguished actors and directors work with the company.

Not just Shakespeare
You might be fooled into thinking otherwise at times, but there is more to Stratford than Shakespeare. The town bustles with culture and history and it’s quite a delight to stroll along the streets, taking in the splendours of medieval craftsmanship and the aura of 16th- and 17th-century England. But there are also superb shops and restaurants, as well as a vibrant Friday market. Try your luck at the horses at the Stratford Races, take an open-top bus tour, a visit a butterfly farm or enjoy a boat trip on the River Avon.

Recommended in Stratford-Upon-Avon

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Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe

This Jacobean manor mixes the classic and the contemporary.
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Moonraker House

Comfortable rooms and delicious breakfasts close to the station.
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The Falcon Hotel

Uncomplicated cooking behind an impressive facade in the town centre.