The Tudor market town of Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of poet and playwright William Shakespeare, and it draws big crowds eager to learn about the Bard of Avon. Here’s how to experience the best of this charming town on a day trip from London.
Top Things to Do in Stratford-upon-Avon
- Visit Shakespeare’s place of birth, a restored 16th-century timbered house.
- Explore the cottage once owned by Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway.
- Take in top attractions such as the Church of the Holy Trinity, where William Shakespeare was laid to rest.
- Admire the villages of Bibury, Burford, and Bourton-on-the-Water in the nearby Cotswolds.
- Combine your trip to Stratford-upon-Avon with a visit to surrounding sites of interest such as Bath, UNESCO–listed Stonehenge, Oxford, or Warwick Castle.
Things to Know
- Stratford-upon-Avon lies 101 miles (163 kilometers) northwest of London, about two hours away by road.
- Tours to Stratford-upon-Avon from London typically last between nine and 12 hours.
- Once in town, much of Stratford-upon-Avon can be covered on foot, or you can take the convenient hop-on hop-off bus, which does regular circuits of the town’s major sights.
- Tours typically visit a number of nearby sites of interest, so comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
- The majority of tours to Stratford-upon-Avon from London include entrance fees and round-trip transport from London city center.