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Stratford-upon-Avon

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Introduction

House in Stratford-upon-Avon

House in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the birthplace of playwrighter William Shakespeare. Set in the Warwickshire countryside, it is a popular destination for tourists. The streets in the town hold many delights for the visitor, with many historic buildings. Home to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), there are three theatres offering a range of drama.

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Sights and Activities

  • River Avon – The towns sits on the Avon and there are walks along the river banks, close to the theatres.
  • Shakesperience – Explores the life and times of William Shakespeare.
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace – The half-timbered house where he was born in 1564.
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – Her home, before she married the Bard.
  • Butterfly Farm & Jungle Safari – Europe’s largest butterfly farm.

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Events and Festivals

Stratford-upon-Avon is home to a wide variety of arts based events during the year. An up to date lost of events can be found on this Stratford-upon-Avon website.

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Getting There

Stratford-upon-Avon is located in the Midlands county of Warwickshire.

By Plane

Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is about 55 kilometres by road and has regular connections to other UK cities and places througout Europe.

By Train

Stratford-upon-Avon railway station is served by trains from Birmingham and London. The rail station is about a five minute walk from the town centre.

By Car

  • From the North and South – M40, take exit 16 to the A46
  • From the South (Oxford) – A3400
  • From the West, North West & South West – A46 from Evesham

By Bus

Coaches from National Express and Stagecoach stop in the town.

By Boat

Canal boats and small pleasure craft can travel on the River Avon and moor in and close to the town.

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Getting Around

By Car

There is on-street public parking, ranging from 20 minutes to two hours. Short stay and long stay car parks are also available, all of which attract parking fees.

By Public Transport

County and local busses serve the town. There is a fleet of open top tourist busses which visit the main points of interest in and around the town.

By Foot

Walking in the centre of the town is the best way to explore. The centre of the town is closed to traffic, making it easy and safe to walk around the shopping area. Many of the historic buildings and the theatres are an easy walk.

By Bike

The streets carry heavy traffic and the one-way system can make it difficult for cyclists.

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Eat

There are a wide range of tea rooms and restaurants in the town centre.

  • Bensons Restaurant (4 Bard Walk) - Award winning tea room and restaurant in the centre of the town.
  • Marlowe’s (1st Floor, 18 High Street) - Silver service restaurant.
  • Georgie’s Bistro (18 High Street) - Informal lunch and dinner dining, inside or out.

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Drink

  • Salmon Tail Inn (36 Evesham Road) – Traditional pub food, midway between the town centre and the racecourse.
  • The College Arms (Lower Quinton) – Originally owned by Henry VIII

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Arden Park Ensuite Rooms6 Arden Street Stratford-upon-AvonGuesthouse83
YHA Stratford upon AvonHemmingford House, Alveston Warwickshire, CV37 7RGHostel83

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Work

The largest employment in the town is related to the tourist industry, including hotels and restaurants.

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Learn

The Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust offer studies related to the playwright.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

Quick Facts

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County
Warwickshire
Population
23,675
Dialcode
01789
Postcode
CV37
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 52.194135
  • Longitude: -1.707269

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