I got a bit lucky and my very last project this year was in Stratford-upon-Avon, which meant I got to spent pretty much two weeks there. As always I was really busy so only managed to squeeze a few things. Being a huge museum fan, I had to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace (would definitely regretted not going there), also managed to pop in to Shakespeare New Place one morning, but the things I will remember most about Stratford – fantastic coffee and just incredibly romantic streets.
Things to do
Definitely a cultural highlight in Stratford-upon-Avon. There are actually five buildings that are run by the Trust, I only had enough time to visit Shakespeare Birthplace (the most popular one) and Shakespeare’s New Place. You can buy a joined ticket for £22.50 which lasts the entire year and allows entry to all of those places (I might have to come back).
Birthplace is a must-do in my opinion, great example of Georgian building plus it is very cool to see where the greatest play-writer of all times was born. I spent almost an hour walking around and admiring the building itself. Staff are incredibly friendly too and are very happy to tell you lots of interesting facts about the place.
There is a fantastic gift shop (where randomly I ended up buying a book by Dickens…oops) with lots of books and usual touristy stuff.
Shakespeare New Place
I have visited the New Place on the next day which is the place where Shakespeare’s house used to be. Now there is a great garden designed by Ernest Law which is based upon an illustration from The Gardener’s Labyrinth from 1577, first English book about gardening. Again, great place to wander around and take photos.
Stratford is absolutely stunning so it is a pleasure just to wander around and admire its architecture. There are plenty of lovely shops too for some retail therapy, including all-year-round Christmas shop.
Absolutely amazing independent cafe which I randomly saw on the street and decided to pop in. Coffee was outstanding, I also had an avocado on toast and it was great too. I think i was served by one of the owners and he was so friendly! Cakes looked brilliant however I was a bit too full for that. Next time!
Boston Tea Party
This one is actually a chain, but cafes have independent feel about them. I have been to one in Birmingham before so knew that coffee will be good. This time I had breakfast too, yet another avocado on toast which came on a rye bread with some houmous.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit any of many Tea Rooms on Stratford, but they all looked amazing.
Have you ever been to Stratford-upon-Avon?
Pin for later: