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Tudor Taverns, Riverside Retreats, and Country Houses - Staying in and Around Stratford-upon-Avon

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As a centuries-old market town, Stratford-upon-Avon has been welcoming travelers since the Middle Ages. Now the hub of the Shakespeare heritage industry, it draws literary pilgrims from all over the world. Your accommodation options range from original Tudor taverns to cozy guesthouses and modern, business-friendly hotels. Smaller villages, hamlets, and farmsteads in the nearby countryside make ideal bases for quiet family vacations and walking holidays.

Town center


A room at the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon puts you in the main shopping area, where modern high-street retailers stand next to older, quirkier sellers of vintage toys and other curios. History buffs can be close to the town's Tudor buildings and museums, while lovers of theater and literature will be thrilled at the idea of staying a few steps from William Shakespeare's childhood home and final resting place. The town center is also ideal for business travelers attending meetings and conferences in Stratford.


There are timber-framed taverns and inns right in the middle of Stratford-upon-Avon that have offered room and board to tired travelers since the 15th century. In the same vicinity you'll also find familiar and reliable modern brand-name hotels. And within 5 minutes' walk of the center, there are quieter, leafier streets lined with comfortable guesthouses and old-fashioned bed-and-breakfasts.


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Edwardian barges, snow-white swans, and weeping willows make for dreamy scenery along the banks of the River Avon. A few minutes' drive or a leisurely walk from Stratford's main bus and train stations, you'll find a cozy place to stay beside the ancient waterway that gives the town its full name. If you're here to catch a play, you need only stroll along the river to the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company and its neighboring Swan Theatre. After the show, you might see the actors enjoying a pint of real ale across the road at the Dirty Duck pub.


The narrow historic streets of Stratford-upon-Avon open onto parks and gardens where they meet the river, and many hotels in this area give you a bit more space to relax. Some even have their own expansive grounds, where you can watch rabbits scurry on the grass from your bedroom window.


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Warwickshire and the Cotswolds


The countryside surrounding Stratford-upon-Avon is just the kind of English pastoral landscape that many first-time visitors imagine. The Forest of Arden, the waterways around Hatton Locks, the scenic plains where the River Avon meets the Severn - you can easily explore them all on a driving, biking, or hiking holiday through rural Warwickshire. The Cotswolds begin just south of Stratford, where rolling green hills give way to deep limestone valleys, shaded woodlands, and flower-filled meadows. Sleepy villages like Ilmington and Shipston-on-Stour make ideal bases for vacations in this well-preserved and protected area of outstanding natural beauty.


For all the fields and farmland surrounding Stratford-upon-Avon, there is no shortage of places to stay in small market towns and even quieter nearby villages. You can take a room in a friendly local farmhouse, a sturdy old B&B built from the distinctive honeystone of the Cotswolds, or a classic English country manor. Independent spirits might prefer to rent a cottage or trailer.


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