Stratford-upon-Avon is the town where William Shakespeare was born and is buried. Every year, millions of people celebrate his life and work by visiting the town. You'll find Shakespeare's home town in the heart of England, on the banks of the river Avon.
William Shakespeare was born at the half-timbered Tudor family home in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. The house is open all year round.
William Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Hall, married a property developer in the town, Thomas Nash. Nash's House is next door to Shakespeare's home in Stratford towards the end of his life, New Place. It's open all year round.
Hall's Croft is named after the physician Dr John Hall who married William Shakespeare's eldest daughter, Susanna. Hall's Croft is open all year round.
Before her marriage to William Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway lived in Shottery, a small village that you'll find about a mile away from Stratford. The beautiful thatched farmhouse is open all year round (see image above).
Holy Trinity Church is where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried. You'll find it on the banks of the river Avon, a couple of minutes walk from our theatres. Subject to parish demands (things like weddings, christenings, services), the Church is open all year round.
At the centre of it all is the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre.
Situated on Waterside, alongside the River Avon, the 1,040-seat Royal Shakespeare Theatre is the main thrust stage auditorium.
A Grade II listed building which retains many of the art deco features of the 1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, it re-opened in November 2010 after a three-year transformation project.
The Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres are open daily from 10am when you are welcome to explore. You can:
- Enjoy a meal in the Rooftop Restaurant
- Take a Theatre Tour
- Book a ticket to go up the Tower for stunning views of Shakespeare's home town
Of course you shouldn't make the visit without seeing a performance.
The RSC want to make sure as many people as possible have a great first experience of Shakespeare and theatre. They produce large-scale exciting stories at Christmas for families, specially created Shakespeare productions aimed at young people which tour to schools and theatres around the UK and short new plays by writers alive now who are are as exciting and daring as Shakespeare.
For whats on and ticket check out the RSC website
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