Lying on the banks of the beautiful river Avon and just eight miles south west of Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon is a bustling medieval market town and an enviable location.
For a spot of people watching the Bancroft Gardens and river area offer a beautiful backdrop for a peaceful day out. Enjoy a picnic and watch a variety of street entertainers as they show off their skills, from juggling to acrobatics. In the summer the river is often busy with rowing boats, motor boats and river cruises, as well as other river activities. The Swan Fountain overlooks the main lawn area. It was unveiled in 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II to recognise the town’s historical market, which has been running since 1196. The Stratford canal is also a great place to observe narrow boats as they make their way towards Birmingham.
Providing a rich sense of local history The Royal Shakespeare Company regularly perform The Bard’s plays in the beautiful theatre close to the river’s banks, drawing visitors from far and wide to learn more about the enigmatic playwright, who has entertained millions and become known as one of the world’s greatest writers.
Stratford-upon-Avon is located just six miles from the M40 for easy connections to the capital and across the Midlands. The local railway station also offers regular services to Warwick, Leamington Spa, Birmingham, and central London.