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Stratford-upon-Avon is a first class destination, most famed for being the birthplace of the great bard, William Shakespeare.

Stratford-upon-Avon is renowned worldwide for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the wonderful Tudor architecture which is such a feature of the town. Five key properties are those directly associated with William Shakespeare and his extended family.

Stratford-upon-Avon is a typically charming English town and a wander through the pretty lanes and streets that are lined with notable buildings, is a great way to while away an afternoon. The River Avon cuts straight through the centre of the town, so you can also admire Stratford from the comfort of one of the many boats that take leisurely cruises up and down this dreamy waterway.

This is a town with a justified reputation for good dining - and with a plethora of well situated tearooms, bars and restaurants, you are guaranteed to find somewhere that suits your needs. Stratford-upon-Avon is also a bustling and successful market town, boasting regular farmers markets and traditional Christmas markets. It is well stocked with shops of all types too - from quirky independent boutiques to popular high street names.

In the nearby countryside and surrounding towns and villages you will find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do. From elegant historic buildings, galleries, museums to cycle baths and boat trips you will most certainly find an activity to suit all budgets and age groups.

Explore the atmospheric homes of William Shakespeare and his nearest and dearest. The five key properties in Stratford that are connected to Shakespeare are his birthplace, Visit Shakespeare's Nash’s House & New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm, Hall's Croft and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. These five historic houses, when visited in sequence, offer a truly immersive look into Shakespeare life and the Tudor times more generally.

The Stratford Town Walk is an excellent guided walk around the time and is highly recommended. If you fancy getting out of town for a spell, head over to nearby Compton Verney and explore the wonderful art gallery there that you will find housed in a splendid Grade I listed Georgian home, surrounded by one hundred and twenty acres of manicured parkland. Here you will find more than two thousand works of art from all over the world, and an ever changing and excellent exhibitions programme.

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