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Stratford Upon Avon & Warwick Castle

Make An Informed Visit Either Independently Or By Tour

A Recital Of Shakespeare In The Garden At Shakespeare's Birthplace

A Recital Of Shakespeare In The Garden At Shakespeare's Birthplace


Stratford is situated about 80 miles north-west of Central London. It is just about within the range of a day trip but is best appreciated with a longer stay overnight if you want a thorough visit of all the Shakespeare attractions on offer.

About 15 minutes east of Stratford is Warwick Castle, close to the M40 motorway junction from London for Stratford.

Both Warwick Castle & Stratford have daily day tours from London, most tours the two are combined. Both Warwick & Stratford have frequent trains from London's Marylbone Station if you prefer an independent visit.

Shakespeare's Stratford Upon Avon Properties & Attractions

There are five houses in or near Stratford-upon-Avon connected with William Shakespeare and his family. There is also Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) that perform plays.

The Shakespearean properties offer a unique experience of the Stratford world in which the famous dramatist and poet was born, lived and died.

Open all year round, these sixteenth-century houses feature rare period furnishings and domestic items. Aspects of Tudor life, are on display, all set in attractive gardens and grounds.

Shakespeare's Stratford Upon Avon - More Details

Stratford Upon Avon - The Town

Shakespeare may dominate any visit to Stratford Upon Avon, but there are worthwhile things to see and besides Shakespeare. This page looks at those things to see and do in Stratford Upon Avon that are not connected to Shakespeare.

Stratford Upon Avon ( Getting away from the bard for a brief period) - More Details

Warwick Castle

About 15 minutes east of Stratford is Warwick Castle, close to the M40 motorway junction from London for Stratford. Most coach tours to Warwick also combine a visit to Stratford

Warwick Castle although an authentic castle with great historical interest is less like a museum and more like a medieval entertainment. As such, its one of the best castles in the UK to take your kids.

Warwick Castle - More Details

Stratford Upon Avon Hop on Hop Off Bus - Getting Around Stratford Independently

Stratford Upon Avon Hop on Hop Off Bus

Stratford Upon Avon Hop on Hop Off Bus

Like so many tourist towns and cities, a hop on, hop off open top sightseeing bus operates in Stratford.

At Stratford its particularly useful as a couple of Shakespeare attractions, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's House are well outside walking distance from the town centre.

The bus has ticketing options which includes admissions to the Shakespeare properties. The main starting point of the buses is by the bridge next to the main Tourist Information Centre. For independent visitors there is also a stop very close to the train station.

There are 12 stops including all 5 Shakespeare properties, Holy Trinity Church and the RSC theatres.

You can also purchase a ticket that combines the Ho Ho service with a river cruise on the River Avon.

Frequencies are broadly every 30 minutes with increased frequencies, every 15/20 minutes at the peak times in summer and weekends. During the summer months live guides are available, at other times audio guides are provided (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, German and Kid's Commentary)

Getting to Stratford Upon Avon & Warwick from London

By Train

Direct trains to Stratford run from London's Marylebone station taking approximately 135 minutes to do the journey, a long time on the train for a day trip.

Trains to Warwick are much more frequent and take around 45 minutes less.

You can travel between Stratford and Warwick on the same line.

London - Stratford or Warwick Train Timetables & Fares


By Bus

The bus service between London and Stratford Upon Avon or Warwick start at London's Victoria Coach Station. Bus is normally significantly cheaper and slower than the more popular rail service.

Services take 3 hours plus and frequencies are just a few each day both ways, though technically its still possible to do a day trip.

National Express Tickets & Timetables


Tours From London

There is a good range of day tours daily from London to Stratford. All will combine Stratford with visits to either nearby Warwick Castle, Oxford or the Cotswolds.

More details of tours to Stratford from London


Most Popular Tours From London 2014

With Adult Fares Stated & Links To Tour Detail Pages

Visiting Stonehenge and/or Bath and/or Windsor

Stonehenge Morning or Afternoon Half Day - £45

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - £45

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Roman Baths admission) - £55

Stonehenge & Avebury - £65

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (With Lunch at Lacock) - £76

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (No Lunch Extended Time Bath) - £77

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £84

Windsor, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £65

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Bath - £84

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £88

Portsmouth, Winchester & Stonehenge - £89

Alternative less frequent and seasonal tours

Visiting Cotswolds and/or Oxford and/or Stratford and/or Warwick

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £76

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £79

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £88

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £79

Downton Abbey Filming Locations Tours - £83 or £119

Alternative less frequent and seasonal tours

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury with river cruise - £76

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Small Group) - £119

Special Theme Tours

Stonehenge Special Access (Walk Among Stones) Tours

Downton Abbey + Highclere Castle Tours

Harry Potter Tours

Small Group Tours (Maximum 16 people)

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath - £119

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - £119

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury - £119

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge - £119

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford - £119

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury - £119

2 Day - Oxford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £219

2 Day Downton, Windsor, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath Tour - £239

1,2 & 3 Day Breaks To Paris, Scotland & Amsterdam

Day Trip To Paris - from £149

3 Day Paris - from £239

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland - from £229

3 Day Amsterdam - from £239


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