Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town in the West Midlands, is world-renowned for one thing: being the 16th Century birthplace of William Shakespeare, possibly the most famous writer in the English language. Tourists from all over the world flock to Stratford-upon-Avon for history, quaint side streets, wonderful markets, open parklands, and walks along the River Avon.
You could easily spend a few days exploring the town, taking it slow and discovering all its nooks and crannies. However, if you’re short on time and want to tick off all the Shakespearean hotspots and most picturesque areas, you’ve come to the right place! Here is a first-timers guide on where to visit in Stratford-upon-Avon in just one day.
So, let’s start at the very beginning. If you really want to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and see exactly where he grew up, you must visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Shakespeare was (surprise, surprise) born in this house and grew up here with his parents and siblings. He also spent the first five years of his marriage living here with his wife Anne Hathaway.
At Shakespeare’s Birthplace, you will not only find the house and gardens, but there are also resident actors who can perform Shakespeare’s plays at your request, and costumed guides ready to bring history to life!
Find Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
So have you ever visited Stratford-upon-Avon? Did you think it was too touristy or did you really enjoy your visit? Let me know in the comments below!