Why go to Stratford-upon-Avon?
The birthplace of Shakespeare will forever be linked to the Bard, with most attractions in this small Warwickshire town having a literary connection. Tour the museum and gardens at New Place, built on the site of his 17th century home; explore the Schoolroom and Guildhall where he studied; or take a trip to his mother’s childhood home, Mary Arden’s Farm, where animals still live in the historic barns. World-class performances take place in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which overlooks the willow-fringed River Avon.
- hire a Venetian gondola with gondolier for a boat ride along the River Avon
- bookworms should visit in late April for the annual Stratford Literary Festival
- cycle the traffic-free Greenway to the village of Long Marston, stretching five miles along a disused railway path
- hunt ghosts at 21 Henley Street, a 450-year-old building that’s now the Bombay Manor Museum
- browse more than 500 clothes, food and toy stalls at Wellesbourne outdoor market, one of the largest in the UK, It’s open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm
- see the world’s greatest collection of British cars at the British Motor Museum. Look out for Lady Penelope's FAB1.