When people decide to take a long weekend away, they will generally head to major cities. City breaks are forever increasing in popularity, as not only do you get to tick some of the world’s capitals off your travel bucket list, but they also provide you with plenty to keep you occupied over the period of three or four days. While major cities may be tempting, sometimes you can benefit from straying from the beaten track a little. There are so many smaller towns and villages that have a whole lot to offer you if you were to only give them a chance! So, let’s take a moment to take a look at a lesser-known destination that still has bundles to offer to almost anyone – Stratford-upon-Avon. This medieval marketplace was once home to the world’s most famous playwright, Shakespeare! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting!
As Every Road on Earth by EasyCar shows, the U.K. has a whole lot of roads and this is definitely one viable route to getting to Stratford-upon-Avon. The M4, M25, M40, and A46 all lead there. Alternatively, there’s a train stop at the Stratford-upon-Avon station and plenty of bus routes that make their way in. It also lies on the River Avon, so if you fancy getting adventurous, you can get there by canal boat too!
Perhaps the most important place to visit in Stratford is the RSC or “Royal Shakespeare Company” theatre. It puts on various renditions of different Shakespeare plays, as well as various works by both Shakespeare’s contemporaries and plays by modern day writers too. There are touring residencies and also broadcasts which take shows live from the theatre to cinemas across the world! So, take a look at what’s showing and book tickets well in advance to secure a spot in the crowd.
As soon as you step foot in Stratford-upon-Avon, you’ll realise that it really is a quaint old-fashioned style town. The buildings have been maintained and restored, with many looking just as they would have in the sixteenth century. So, where better to enjoy a traditional, British, afternoon tea? There are plenty of twee cafes where you can get pots of tea, scones with cream and jam, and sandwiches. A crowd favourite tends to be the Hathaway Tea Rooms and Bakery, which also has a garden which is perfect for basking in the sun’s rays during the summer months.
If the weather permits, why not try out some boat hire? This way you can glide up and down the River Avon, taking in the beautiful scenery and passing some famous sites all at once. If you’ve never rowed before, you will easily pick the technique up and will be up and going in a matter of minutes.
These are just a few things that you can expect from the beautiful realm of Stratford-upon-Avon. So, start planning your trip and make your way there as soon as you have a weekend free!