Explore Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon with a day tour from London. See the place he was born and grew up, where he went to school and where he courted his wife, Anne Hathaway. We will visit the church where he is buried, see the font where he was baptised, and hear the grisly story of one of the side chapels which may have inspired the end of one of his most famous plays!
Stratford itself is a charming medieval market town along the banks of the River Avon, once you escape the mass of tourists!
Find out how Shakespeare's plays were inspired and commented on contemporary events and how his unique phrases have entered our everyday language.
There are picturesque half-timbered houses such as Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Hall's Croft with their lovely gardens, which are a riot of colour during the summer. Walking around these old houses is like stepping back in time. Many of our expressions originated in the customs of houses like these. By understanding the environment in which Shakespeare lived, we can appreciate the context of his plays.
Lunch can be taken in the famous riverside pub used by the actors from the nearby Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, and you can even have a cream tea with delicious freshly baked scones in the house where his daughter Judith once lived!
As this tour requires a car and driver, you can also enjoy a drive en route through the rolling Cotswold countryside which Shakespeare knew so well.