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Planning a short break to Stratford upon Avon? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Stratford upon Avon. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Stratford upon Avon. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Henley Street. Where else does the visitor start but here!.The Bard was born in this fine house, but he must have been irritated by the never ending throng of camera clicking tourists.

The worlds favourite playwright was born here in 1564 and amazingly the house has been well preserved and the rooms lovingly re-created. This is a must see in Stratford, for the thousands of tourist that visit here annually.

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Nash's House and New Place

Chapel Street, Shakespeare's home for the last 20 years of his life was New Place, though it was demolished in the 18th century, the foundations, grounds and pretty garden can still be seen. Nash's House next door was more fortunate and contains period furniture of his day in the downstairs rooms and upstairs is a museum featuring a general history of the town.

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Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Situated about 1.5km from Stratford in Shottery, lies this picture postcard cottage that Shakespeare's wife lived, when they were still courting. It is wonder this property has not fallen down under the sheer number of visitors (They built them to last in those days). Some of her original furniture can be viewed and the rooms have been hung in time. The garden is lovely and there is a restaurant and tea garden in Cottage Lane.

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The Falstaffs Experience

Sheep Street, This unique experience is located in the centre of Stratford and takes the visitor through the history of Stratford and England in an unusual way. The 16th century Shrieves House is really haunted. One goes through history from a recreated Stratford slum to the haunted chambers, days of witches, the plague, the English civil war and finally England of last century complete with penny arcade and olde Curiosity shoppe.


The Teddy Bear Museum

19 Greenhill Street, as one can imagine this is a delight for children from a toddler to a 90 year old. Containing thousands of stuffed, painted and ceramic bears from all around the world, some being very old, unusual and rare examples. The museum hosts a Teddy Bears picnic, library, ornate Victorian dolls house and Teddy Bear hall of fame, including Winnie, Paddington and Rupert.

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The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Beautifully located on the Avon River, The Royal Shakespeare Company keeps Shakespeare alive in his birthplace and apart from the reconstructed Globe in London, there is no better place to experience the bard's works. Regular performances by some of the top classical actors in the country can be enjoyed. There is The Swan Theatre is a more intimate place, a cafe and restaurant overlooking the river are great places to eat.

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Bards Restaurant

Located in the Thistle Hotel in the centre of town opposite the Theatre on the Avon. Bards serve the best of English and International cuisine in stylish surroundings. In summer the terrace is open and there can be no better place on a warm summers evening. Friendly and efficient service combined with tasty and well prepared food make this a treat.

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The Shakespeare Hotel

Chapel Street, "To sleep perchance to dream"the bard wrote and what better place in his town to heed his advice. This meeting place dating back to the 18th century and boasting a gabled exterior and lots of old wooden beams inside. The story goes that Afternoon high tea was invented here (long story), anyway they serve one every day. The hotel has every facility needed for a comfortable stay.

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Town Walk

Why not partake in a guided walk of the town that starts at the statue of the Jester in Henley Street. The guide takes you past Shakespeare's birthplace and gives the story of his neighbours at the time, then goes on to Bridge Street to give a history of the markets in the town, getting to the High Street pass the old jail and original shops and into Chapel Street and the old town where the bard is buried, the waterside theatre, Bridge Street and finally where you started at the Jester.

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Stratford Brass Rubbing Centre

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Summer House,Avon Bank Gardens,Southern Lane, Children love this activity which involves a chunk of brass with a sort of inlaid picture that is transferred onto paper by way of rubbing with a wax ingot.

This was a time honoured tradition until Xerox came along and spoilt the fun.

Free entrance, just pay for your rubbings;

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Sorrento Restaurant - Restaurant or Cafe

A family run Italian Restaurant in Ely Street, with a lounge anf Patio. At Taste of Italy.

Sorrento - Restaurant or Cafe

... a taste of Italy. A beautifull restaurant, fresh food,well worth a visit,


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