A guide to Stratford-upon-Avon

Did you know?

  • 1.
    In Roman times the ford, from which the town takes its name, was used as a crossing point.
  • 2.
    Until the end of the 19th century the town was a major centre for the processing, marketing and distribution of sheep and wool, a significant percentage of which came from the Cotswolds.
  • 3.
    The river and the proximity to the old Roman Roads – Fosseway and Icknield Street – bolstered trade in the region.

Stratford-upon-Avon Area

Stratford-upon-Avon is known as a town synonymous with William Shakespeare, many visit the birthplace of Shakespeare to tour the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up to discover more about his early years. Shakespeare's birthday celebrations are one of many renowned events to attend, and there are a variety of family events being staged throughout the year. In the town centre there is a variety of shops, restaurants and accommodation. With so many great places to visit in Stratford-upon-Avon, why not spend a weekend there as a day is simply not enough!

Surrounding Villages

  • Ilmington
    The village is situated 12 miles to the south of Stratford-upon-Avon with the principal part of the settlement arranged around a well maintained village green. There is a pub and an active village hall, whilst the popular town of Stow-on-the-Wold is half a mile to the south.
  • Honington
    A stunning, rural hamlet with the majority of the property set either side of wide grassed verges, with easy access to Shipston-on-Stour for most everyday needs. There are plenty of family activities including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries, and parks and playgrounds for outdoor activities.
  • Hampton Lucy
    This pretty village situated four miles to the north-east of Stratford-upon-Avon, with an active village pub and close to Charlecote Park, the ancestral home of the Lucy family, where the name of the village derives from, to whom Queen Mary granted the manor.
  • Cherington and Stourton
    16 miles south-east of Stratford-upon-Avon, and set on the edge of the Cotswolds, these are two villages situated seamlessly side by side with a reputation for community spirit. There is an annual flower show and a recently constructed village hall which hosts events every week.