Full of history and quaint charm, the sweet town of Stratford-upon-Avon checks all the boxes for a lovely British day out. Perhaps most well-known for being the birthplace of one of the greatest playwrights to have ever lived (Shakespeare!), there are some enchanting things to do while you spend a day exploring.
How to Get to Stratford-upon-Avon
We drove to Stratford-upon-Avon as it is in a bit of an obscure location northwest of London. You can take a train to Stratford-upon-Avon; from London it's about 2.5 hours away with one change. You can buy train tickets at any UK railway station, or you can purchase them online from Trainline in advance (they're often more expensive last minute).
What to See in Stratford-upon-Avon
Upon arrival, we sought out the biggest tourist attraction in town, Shakespeare's birthplace and childhood home. Here, you can relive the magic of his childhood days 450 years in the past.
Cost: £17.50 per adult or £22.50 'Full Story Ticket' including 4 additional museums
We stopped in at the quaint and perfect little Nutcracker Shop, because who doesn't want Christmas in August?!
A peruse among the tudor-house-lined streets led us to Garrick Inn, the oldest inn in Stratford - featuring a 'ShakesBeer' on the menu to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday!
River Avon Boat Tour
We took a small chartered boat tour down the River Avon, upon which the quaint little town of Stratford is situated, to take in the lovely sights from the water.
Cost: £5.50 per adult