What is it? The Royal Shakespeare Company has three theatres in Stratford. Performing arts centre The Other Place is in town, while two share a buzzy riverside location: the flagship Royal Shakespeare Theatre where you can catch many of the Bard’s famous works, and the more intimate Swan Theatre that regularly stages plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and later writers.
Why go? All the world’s a stage, but there’s no better place to watch Shakespeare’s plays than his hometown. Come early for a pre-theatre meal in the third-floor rooftop restaurant with stunning views over the River Avon.
Whilst it is undeniably one for the history buffs, there is plenty for all in Stratford-upon-Avon. The market town in England was the birthplace of Shakespeare, which is why our list of best things to do naturally includes plenty of attractions related to its most famous inhabitant.
Catch a show by the eminent Royal Shakespeare Company at one of its theatres or visit some of the well-preserved buildings whose very walls tell the story of the Bard’s life and death. There are also plenty of non-Shakespearean delights to round off a stay in this quaint Tudor town, like peaceful boat trips along the Avon, modern museums and even a gin distillery (that does, admittedly, take inspiration from the Bard). So, what to see, and what not to see? That is the question…