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1) Royal Shakespeare Theatre

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Renowned around the world, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon. Showcasing two thrust stage auditoria, the 1,000 seat Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 450 seat Swan Theatre, bringing audiences and actors closer together in the best possible setting to experience live theatre. If you don’t have time to see a performance then why not simply enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the free exhibitions, simply relax by the River Avon with a coffee or kick back with a divine cocktail in the Rooftop Restaurant.



2) Stratford Town Walk

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Join the award-winning daily walking tour to discover Stratford and its fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare. Interesting and entertaining - "A must do". See the Shakespeare Houses, Theatres, River Avon, 15th century timber framed buildings, Guild Chapel, Shakespeare's School and visit Holy Trinity Church. Hear fascinating stories of fire, flood, plague, old fashioned sayings, medieval cures and history, wrapped up in a little Shakespeare. No need to book, meet on the waterside opposite Sheep Street.


3) Shakespeare Walking Tour of Stratford

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Master Shakespeare has come back through time to provide tours of his beloved home town. William will guide you along beautiful streets and wonderful old buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon, whilst relating tales to his personal life and plays. Tours begin at 2pm on Saturdays from his old tavern (now Tudor World in Sheep Street) and pass his birthplace, daughter's houses, his old school, his theatre and finally, his last resting place at Holy Trinity Church.


4) The MAD Museum

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Based in the centre of Stratford upon Avon, The MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum showcases the world’s finest pieces of Kinetic Art and Automata belonging to pioneering artists from all over the globe. As well as being highly interactive and a lot of fun, The MAD Museum appeals to those with curious and methodical brains too. Figure out how the gears, sprockets, robotics and eccentric paraphernalia all engage with one another at the press of a button. Artistically every piece displayed in The MAD Museum has been handcrafted with adoration, remarkable skill and precision. This is where art meets movement (sometimes operating to achieve a function but most of the time, just moving for the fun of it!) Best described as a mixture of Heath Robinson, Wallace and Gromit and Scrapheap Challenge, The MAD Museum is a fantastic playground for adults and a perfect hideout for inquisitive kids – experience the imagination of marvellous minds.

  • Children welcome
  • Coach parties welcome
  • Family friendly
  • Full disabled access
  • Gift shop on-site
  • Groups welcome
  • Tearoom/Coffee shop on-site


5) Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

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Immerse yourself in creepy crawlies with some spectacular and colourful butterflies, plants and tropical pools from around the world. From micro environments like the Caterpillar Room, Insect City and Arachnoland this award winning family-friendly attraction will thrill and delight in equal measure. See their amazing lifecycles in the Caterpillar Room, home of the worlds largest spider, a scorpion colony and other spinners of webs and dealers of death.

  • Family friendly
  • Full disabled access
  • Groups welcome


6) Avon Boating

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Avon Boating is one of England's oldest and largest traditional boating companies, offering boats for hire on one of the finest rivers in the country, the Avon at Stratford. We operate a fleet of classic Edwardian passenger vessels on regular public cruises from the Bancroft Gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and offer a variety of private cruises for groups. Avon Boating invite you to relax and enjoy the town's riverside setting and the tranquil waters of the Avon by boat, as customers have done for well over 100 years.



7) Stratford Brass Rubbing Centre

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The Brass Rubbing Centre is found on Avon Bank Gardens in central Stratford-upon-Avon. Most prominent in Medieval and Tudor times, brasses illustrated the upper class and well respected members of a community such as priests, knights, merchants and scholars. Brass portraits were also produced to commemorate loved ones who had passed away.

These brasses are of the utmost historical importance as they provide a glimpse in to the past. Dress, family trees, trade, and social customs are all documented through the use of brass.

At the Brass Rubbing Centre, visitors can choose between hundreds of brass facsimiles that can be rubbed to create a truly unique souvenir of the visit. Choices differ between a traditional Celtic design, Henry VIII or even Shakespeare himself. Friendly staff members are at hand to provide specialist instruction and the necessary materials required to create a perfect brass rubbing. The building is accessible to all, as it has no stairs and is wheelchair accessible. The activity is also suitable for those with learning difficulties.

A visit to the Centre will take roughly one hour. It is aimed towards the younger generation, however it offers an interactive and hands-on approach to the history of Stratford and its famous inhabitants that everybody can enjoy.

8) City Sightseeing Stratford Tours

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The tour will show you all that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer, and buying your ticket couldn't be easier - simply pay our driver! Enjoy all the attractions Stratford has; from Shakespeare's Birthplace to Mary Arden's farm, view all the fantastic scenery as you pass through the town.

  • Family friendly
  • Groups welcome


9) Mary Arden's Farm

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Explore the house where Shakespeare's mother grew up and experience for yourself the daily routine, skills and crafts the young William Shakespeare would have learned from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s. You will find all the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Tudor farm. Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm that keeps pace with the seasons which means there is always something new to see and do.


10) Shakespeare's Way

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This long-distance path runs between Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe, London - a total distance of 146 miles. Using existing footpaths, bridleways and a few minor roads, this path has been planned to follow, as closely as possible, a route that Shakespeare may have taken on some of his journeys back and forth between his home at Stratford-upon-Avon and the city where he spent most of his productive years.