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Non Shakespeare things in Stratford Upon Avon

Getting away from the bard for a brief period

The Canal Basin  Stratford Stratford Upon Avon

Narrowboat holidays: Canal Basin Stratford

Things Shakespeare are of course the main draw to Stratford-upon-Avon. We cover these on our dedicated Stratford Shakespeare page. This page looks at those things to see and do in Stratford-upon-Avon that are not connected to Shakespeare.


Shopping and tea rooms in Stratford Upon-Avon

One of the most long lasting and popular pastimes when visiting Stratford is to visit a tea shop for a cream tea. There is

Stratford, although not the biggest shopping centre also has most of the chains making their presence felt. Some of them like M&S and BHS also have cafes. Your problem regards Pubs and restaurants is simply the wide choice.


Around the canal boat basin, some of the canal boats will also have quirkier offerings.

The River & Canal Basin Stratford

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal was built in the 18th century and runs north from Stratford towards Birmingham linking with the British waterways network. Narrowboat holidays are a popular holiday with the British and the canal basin in the centre of Stratford is a natural focus for visitors.

The canal basin is a magnet for visitors, where the canal meets the River Avon in the very centre of town. There is plenty of space and grass. Some canal boats have been converted into shops, even art galleries.


Many simply sit by the side of the river watching all the activities with an ice cream. It is possible to hire a range of crafts: rowing boats, small motor boats etc, where you can explore the river for quite a way.

Butterfly Farm at Stratford

Europe's largest butterfly farm where you can enjoy some of the world's most spectacular and colourful butterflies flying around you. This is supplemented by similar exhibits on various other insects.

Harvard House Stratford

Owned by Harvard University in the USA. John Harvard instrumental in founding Harvard College was around in Shakespeare's time and married his second wife at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford on 8 April 1605.


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)

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

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

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

3 Days in Paris - from £339

2-Day Edinburgh - from £312

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3-Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekday - from £499

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