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Stratford-upon-Avon & Warwick Castle

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

Recitals: Shakespeare in Shakespeare’s Garden and 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 Marylebone 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 16th-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

Visiting Stonehenge and/or Bath and/or Windsor

Stonehenge Morning Or Afternoon Half Day Tour- £52

Stonehenge & London Day Tour (Apr-Oct only) - £61

Windsor Castle Windsor Morning & Afternoon Tours - from £55

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (inc Lunch, no adm Roman Baths) - £114

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (no Lunch, inc adm Roman Baths) - £103

Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £101

Windsor & Bath Day Tour - from £79

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (Small Group - Max 16 people) - £149

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £74

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Baths adm) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £89

Stonehenge & Windsor (featuring extended time at Windsor) - £95

Stonehenge & Avebury - £109

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £106

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £99

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury (Small Group) - £149

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge (Small Group) - £149

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

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £99

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford (Small Group) -£149

Stratford & Cotswolds (inc Anne Hathaway’s) - £89

Shakespeare’s Stratford–upon–Avon - £57-75 (no admissions incl)

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £96

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Small Group) - £149

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & Cotswolds Tour - £65

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £99

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £106

Oxford & Cambridge Tour (May-Sep only) - £101

Downton Abbey & Blenheim Palace (Small Group) - £149

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury with river cruise - £99

Canterbury, Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Rochester (Small Group Apr - Oct) - £94

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury - £99

Special Theme Tours

Stonehenge Special Access (Walk Among Stones) Tours

Downton Abbey + Highclere Castle Tours

Harry Potter Tours

Day Tours by Train to Liverpool, Paris and Scotland

Beatles Liverpool Day Tour - £169

Day Trip to Paris - from £179

Day Trip to Edinburgh - from £199

2 to 12 Day Tours covering Great Britain, Ireland, Paris & Amsterdam

2-Day Avebury, Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford - from £174.25

2-Day Stonehenge, Bath, Cotswolds & Oxford - from £195.21

3-Day Tours of English Regions (3 tours) - from £294.80

3 Days in Paris - from £339

2-Day Edinburgh - from £312

3-Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekend - from £329

3-Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekday - from £499

3-Day Amsterdam - from £315

6-12-Day tours of Great Britain and Ireland - from £925

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