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A weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon: Top things to do


Best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect place for a weekend stay whether you’re a fan of the Bard or not. Here are some of the top things to do:

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The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Those who love his work can book to see a play or take a theatre tour. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is where Shakespeare his wife. The cottage has original furniture from Shakespeare’s time and is surrounded by stunning gardens. You can even visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the town.

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To get a sense of the area’s rich history, a Stratford Town Walk provides a guided walk around the town.

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The MAD Museum is a unique place dedicated to mechanical art and design, featuring kinetic art and automata. There are plenty of hands-on objects with buttons to press and handles to turn. Tudor World has exhibits that illustrate the Tudor world that Shakespeare lived in. At night, you can experience a ghost tour. Lastly, the Armouries Museum features a Churchill exhibition and other military displays.

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Experience the delights of the River Avon with Bancroft Cruisers that feature live guides and traditional afternoon cream teas. If you want to hire a boat, Avon Boating has rowing boats, motorboats, punts and canoes that can be hired by the day or hour.

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Beer lovers are catered for by the Stratford Alehouse, which serves the finest real ale. The oldest pub in Stratford is the Old Thatch tavern, which serves good beer and homemade food, while the Union Bar specialises in cocktails and pizzas.

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For the pampered relaxation experience, go to the spa at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, or play a round of golf on the hotel’s course. Eat at the hotel’s Trevelyan Restaurant for the best in British and European cuisine.

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