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Top Attractions In Stratford-Upon-Avon

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Luke Harrison

Nestled deep in the leafy heart of England, the medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon is a hidden gem of history and culture. From boating to butterflies to Shakespeare, read on to discover sides of Stratford you never knew existed.

River Avon

The River Avon provides a wide array of enjoyable activities throughout the year. Leisurely riverside walks allow for marvellous glimpses of Stratford town from the waterside, or alternatively you can get even closer to the river via the famous river cruises and boat hire provided by the historic Avon Boating Company. From March through to October, tourists are able to board a traditional Edwardian vessel and travel down the Avon. With stunning architectural feats (like the 15 th century Clopton Bridge), stunning secluded vistas and a unique perspective on Stratford – you’re sure to love your time spent on the river. Tours depart from the Bancroft gardens approximately every 20 minutes.

Call 01789 267073 for more details on pricing and availability of river cruises and boat hire Address: Swans Nest Boathouse, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

Shakespeare

Of course ask anyone on the street about Stratford and you can be sure of only one answer – Shakespeare! The world famous playwright is rumoured to have been born in the town in 1564 and spent much of his childhood there. Thankfully 21 st century Stratford culture is still very much focused on “The Bard”. Shakespeare’s Birthplace is a restored timbered property located on Henley Street, and provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of Britain’s cultural cornerstones. Resident actors and costumed guides fully immerse you in the history by providing tours of the home – for an educational masterclass stray no further than Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Alternatively, as we all know Shakespeare’s influence is not only limited to the 16 th century - the grand Royal Shakespeare Theatre situated on the banks of the Avon regularly performs some of the great plays penned by Shakespeare, such as “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. A rooftop restaurant is also available, offering panoramic views of the Avon River and surrounding town while you eat. Be sure not to miss this thoroughly British experience.

Birthplace address: Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW Call 0844 800 1110 to enquire about theatre performances

Butterfly Farm

However if the weather also ends up being thoroughly British, an exotic tropical paradise is only a short walk away. You are sure to be amazed as you wander through the ornate rainforest environment, deep pools of water dappled in gentle sunlight (complete with large fish) and stunning waterfalls. However be sure to keep your eyes peeled – you will not be the only inhabitants of this peaceful nirvana! Butterflies, either bred in the centre itself or imported from sustainable conservation projects in the tropics, meander freely overhead; whilst caterpillars and cocoons cling to the walls. Within the caterpillar room you are able to observe the strange and intriguing lifecycle of the butterflies within the farm – and the emerging cage offers an incredible view of the miraculous first moments of flight. The remarkable Stratford Butterfly Farm also boasts an enormous variety of fish, gorgeous iguanas and larger insects; thankfully the spiders are kept safely behind glass!

Address: Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS Call 01789 299288 for pricing details

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