Retirement Properties in Stratford-Upon-Avon

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Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon


Shakespeare’s hometown is rightfully renowned as the birthplace of The Bard, but there’s much more to this charming Tudor market town.

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, is, of course, synonymous with William Shakespeare, but while the writer has left a considerable mark upon the town, you’ll find plenty of other attractions on offer too. This Elizabethan market town is close gorgeous rolling countryside and the beautiful river Avon run through it, as does the historic Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, making it an ideal spot for river cruises, tours and outdoor pursuits.

A country lane in the Cotswolds lined with hedges and cottages


Famed for the beauty of its rural landscapes and traditional clotted-cream coloured ‘chocolate box’ towns and villages, the edge of The Cotswolds is accessible in around half an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon. From river walks in the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water, to antique shopping in Stow-on-the Wold, or fine dining in Cheltenham, there are plenty of options to explore.

For something completely different visit the UK’s second city, Birmingham, a cultural hub with its historic Jewellery Quarter and iconic Bullring and Grand Central shopping centre, the ‘city of a thousand trades’ offers shopping, nightlife, theatre, museums, history and more.

An outside view of the impressive Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham


Unsurprisingly, as a tourist hotpot, Stratford-upon-Avon is extremely well connected. By road it is linked to the rest of the country by the M40 and, if you drive, you can reach London in an hour and 45 minutes or Birmingham in around 40 minutes. Buses and trains are also frequent. A train to London Paddington takes under three hours, and Birmingham just 50 minutes from Statford-Upon-Avon station. The town also has easy access to The Cotswolds, Coventry, Leamington Spa and Oxford, making it an ideal base to explore a variety of World-class attractions in retirement. Birmingham airport is the best bet for international air travel.

The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon


Despite the influx of tourists, Stratford-upon-Avon has a strong and proud community spirit and plenty for locals to enjoy. There’s a wide range of amenities, eateries and shopping facilities to suit all tastes and festivals including the traditional annual Mop fair in October.

Old Slaughterhouse Arts Centre offers a much loved community art gallery with a small café and space for events. Sports fans will find a home at Stratford Sports Club. Stratford Leisure Centreoffers a swimming pool, gym and classes and Stratford on Avon Golf Club provides a historic and picturesque place to tee off.

Thatched cottages near Stratford-Upon-Avon


A stroll through the centre takes you past a number of quaint and impressively well-preserved 16th century Tudor houses, and you can find out about Shakespeare’s life and work throughout this lovely town, from Shakespeare's birthplace to his wife Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens. You can also visit Shakespeare’s grave at the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, and the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre puts on glorious productions all year around.

But there are an eclectic range of interesting non Shakespearean attractions in and around the town too, including the unique MAD museum - the only Mechanical Art and Design Museum in the UK, where you can experience and interact with mind-boggling machines. At the other end of the scale, there’s the tranquil Butterfly Farm – a tropical paradise filled with stunning butterflies and other fascinating mini-beasts.

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