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, tea rooms...

One of the most long lasting and popular pastimes when visiting Stratford is to visit a tea shop for a cream tea. There is plenty of choice, especially opposite Shakespeare's birthplace which most day visitors pass through. Pubs are also not exactly short on the ground either.

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- £46

Stonehenge & London Day Tour (Apr-Oct only) - £52

Windsor Castle Windsor Morning & Afternoon Tours - from £46

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (inc Lunch, no adm Roman Baths) - £109

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (no Lunch, inc adm Roman Baths) - £89

Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £93

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (Small Group - Max 16 people) - £145

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £64

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Baths adm) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £75

Stonehenge & Windsor - £84

Stonehenge & Avebury - £64

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £99

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £105

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

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £99

Stratford & Cotswolds (inc Anne Hathaway’s) - £84

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £92

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Small Group) - £145

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & Cotswolds Tour - £82

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £105

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £99

Downton Abbey & Blenheim Palace (Small Group) - £145

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

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

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Small Group Apr - Oct) - £145

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury - £72

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 - £145

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - £145

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge - £145

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Apr to Oct) - £145

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford -£145

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Apr to Oct) - £145

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

Day Trip to Paris - from £165

3 Day Paris - from £249

Day Trip to Edinburgh - from £184

2 Day Edinburgh - from £275

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekend - from £289

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekday - from £479

3 Day Amsterdam - from £239

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