There's so much more to see and do in Shakespeare's home town, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stratford-upon-Avon is the town where William Shakespeare was born and is buried. Every year, millions of people celebrate his life and work by visiting the town.

You'll find Shakespeare's home town in the heart of England, on the banks of the river Avon. We recommend planning your visit to Shakespeare's home town with the Shakespeare's England website - it's full of ideas for day trips around the area including Warwick, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth.

Holy Trinity Church and the River Avon
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Shakespeare's Birthplace

William Shakespeare was born at the half-timbered Tudor family home in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. The house is open all year round. 

Nash's House and New Place

William Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Hall, married a property developer in the town, Thomas Nash. Nash's House is next door to New Place, the Stratford home Shakespeare lived in towards the end of his life. It's open all year round.

Hall's Croft

Hall's Croft is named after the physician Dr John Hall who married William Shakespeare's eldest daughter, Susanna. Hall's Croft is currently closed.

Mary Arden's House

Mary Arden's House and the adjacent Palmer's Farm demonstrate life on a Tudor working farm. This is currently closed to the public.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Before her marriage to William Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway lived in Shottery, a small village that you'll find about a mile away from Stratford. The beautiful thatched farmhouse is open from March to November. 

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

Discover where William Shakespeare spent his school years and was inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright.

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church is where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried. You'll find it on the banks of the river Avon, a couple of minutes walk from our theatres. Subject to parish demands (things like weddings, christenings, services), the Church is open all year round. 

Places to stay

Our recommended town centre hotel is the Arden Hotel, situated opposite the Swan Theatre on Waterside. We can also recommend Stratford's new boutique Arden House

For an extended escape to the countryside discover Stratford-upon-Avon Lodge Retreat by Darwin Escapes. These lodges are only two miles away from the centre of town, so you can explore the local area and retreat back to your self-catering accommodation in the countryside. 

We can also recommend our hotel partner Crowne Plaza, seated at the riverbank with a beautiful riverside terrace, a short distance from our theatres. The Crowne Plaza is close to the centre of the historic market town and boasts a full set of amenities from restaurant, leisure club and on-site parking