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Stratford on Avon

Stratford on Avon

I live near Stratford in a small village called Wellesbourne. Stratford is the nearest large town but we do not conduct our business there in the summer as it is claimed that it the most tourist visited town in the UK.

The tourists come to see the home of Shakespeare and the Shakespeare theatres. During the summer months Stratford is very difficult to get around as all the roads are nearly always jammed with traffic. However it is not all bad news for the locals as the town has a wealth of leisure activities that suit tourist and locals alike.

My wife and I often go to Stratford to see the street entertainers, or visit a nice restaurant or go to the theatre.

Stratford is sited across the River Avon, Originally there was only one crossing which caused enormous traffic chaos but now there is a northern relief road, which has made a significant difference.

Eating in Stratford can be a very pleasant experience. There are many restaurants, fast food outlets and take ways through out the town covering many nationalities. The prices in general are reasonable. I think this is due to the number of restaurants available to choose from which has forced the restaurants to be realistic with their prices.

Drinking follows the same line as above. The public houses range from trendy bars to gentle retreats. Properly the most famous bar is opposite the Shakespeare Theatre. It is called The Black swan or The Dirty Duck depending on which side you approach the pub sign. The walls are adorned with photographs of the various stars that have visited it.

The town has three theatres which normally comes as a surprise, Most people know that the town hosts the Shakespeare theatre but it also has a theatre called ‘The Other Place’ and the Swan Theatre. We visit the theatre fairly regularly to see the various Shakespeare adaptations.

The town has a Leisure centre which houses the swimming pool, squash courts, outdoor training pitches and sports hall. In addition Stratford has a national hunt horse racing track, football and rugby union team as well as many other minority sports. Golf can be played at a number of venues on the town periphery.

For the tourists there are many things to do and see. The focus is on Shakespeare but the town does boast many other places to visit. Traditionally the places to visit are Shakespeare birthplace, New Place, Halls Croft, Ann Hathways Cottage and Mary Ardens House

I will expand on all these areas as I slowly build this page but here are a few websites which may help in any future plans to include Stratford on your agenda

Accomodation

http://www.s-h-systems.co.uk/stratfor.html

Straford-on-Avon

http://www.shakespeare-country.co.uk/

The Cotswolds

http://www.mushroompublishing.com/maps/stratford.html

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lively place to visit, many restaurants
  • Cons:Very crowded in the summer
  • In a nutshell:Great place to live near too
  • Intro Updated Jan 3, 2005
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  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2006 at 5:23 AM

    Hello Graham! Happy Birthday from Finland! Your Stratford page is excellent. Though I've been to England abt 15 times I've not visited it yet. Cheers, Sini

  • Birsen's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2005 at 5:11 AM

    Very nice page! Good pics and info. I saw you have visited Gran Canaria. i hope you enjoyed it. Greetings From GC:))

  • Bangkokjoe's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2005 at 2:41 AM

    Graham, you've made my day. The arboretum reminds me of the seasons of England. Fitting that it is the centre of England and epicentre of English lit to boot. Have one on me in the Dirty Duck. Cheers, Ian

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