Stratford-upon-Avon is a medieval market town in Warwickshire, in the West Midlands, England. To experience this picturesque town, whatever your budget, there is Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation to suit you.
The town is probably most famous as being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Therefore, it is no surprise that it’s popular with literary and arts enthusiasts. It’s also a great relaxing mini-break destination.
When it comes to choosing Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation, there are plenty of options to consider; from quaint cottages and traditional country hotels to more modern hotels and apartments.
Another factor to consider when choosing your Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation is location. There are lots of beautiful places, buildings and natural landscapes to explore in Stratford-upon-Avon. Most are within walking distance from the main town centre, but some are a short drive away.
Here are 4 places to stay to help you when it comes to choosing your ideal Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation.
Best for a relaxing Spa Break
It doesn’t get more relaxing than incorporating a spa break into your weekend away in Stratford-upon-Avon. Forget the stresses of everyday life and worries. Treat yourself to a luxury pampering session in a local spa hotel.
I stayed at the Stratford Manor hotel, which is part of the QHotels chain, and managed to secure a one-night stay. Included in the spa package was a delicious evening meal, full English breakfast, access to the spa facilities, plus a 50-minute spa treatment. I opted for the facial, which was blissful.
Stratford Manor is an ideal base to explore Stratford-upon-Avon. The hotel was slightly outside of the town centre, and so extremely peaceful. However, it was close enough to be able to easily drive in to explore the attractions. I spent the first day of my weekend break using the spa facilities, and the second day exploring Stratford-upon-Avon. Perfect for relaxing, unwinding and rejuvenating!
Stratford Manor is on Warwick Road about 3.3 miles outside the centre. It takes about 7 minutes to drive in, but give yourself more time if you need to be somewhere. The traffic can be busy, especially on the narrow side streets.
Best for a central base to explore
A visit to Stratford-upon-Avon wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t explore the old period buildings and quaint streets in the town centre. Shakespeare’s Birthplace, located on Henley Street, is a must-see attraction and is within easy reach. From Stratford-upon-Avon train station, it’s a 9-minute walk. Walk out of station onto Alcester Road and continue walking onto Greenhill Street. Turn left onto Meer Street (you will see NatWest on your right) and then left again onto Henley Street.
Other attractions you can tour connected to Shakespeare include Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft. You can book a tour with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. I would recommend having a car as some of the attractions are outside of the town centre.
If you are looking for a central base to explore all of Shakespeare’s attractions, as well as the town centre, The White Swan Hotel is a good choice. With period features and rustic rooms, it’s a great place to stay to experience the culture of Stratford-upon-Avon. Located on Rother Street, it is 1-minute walk to a bus stop and 10-minutes away from the Holy Trinity Church.
For a quick bite to eat, I stumbled upon a quirky little 1940s tearoom. It was like stepping back in time visiting The Fourtees on Sheep Street. The interiors were lovingly sympathetic to the 40’s style. A range of tasty lunches and Afternoon Teas are available to satisfy your cravings.
Best for the ultimate shopping experience
The Maybird Shopping Park is located right in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, along Birmingham Road. With an abundance of shops to cover all your shopping needs, including big high street names such as M&S, Next and Argos, there is something for everyone.
Maybird is about an 8-minute drive, or 16-minute walk from the town centre. It has lots of parking spaces with a 4-hour limit. So there’s no excuse not to turn your shopping trip into a full afternoon of retail therapy. You can also stop for food to refuel at Pizza Hut, Subway or Greggs the bakers.
You won’t be disappointed if shopping is your main priority. The Travelodge on Birmingham Road is a convenient Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation choice for the Maybird Shopping Park. It is only a 5-minute walk away. Simply head south-east on Birmingham Road. When you reach the roundabout, follow the 1st exit around to the entrance to the shopping park.
Best for passionate theatre goers
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is a must-see attraction for anyone who is interested in theatre and the arts. It probably won’t surprise you that you can see numerous Shakespeare plays throughout the year. Coming up in 2018 there is the chance to see Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth, among others. Even if you don’t see a play, see the building design and take in the buzz of the atmosphere inside.
The theatre is located close to the River Avon, and looks onto Bancroft Gardens, providing a scenic riverside setting. Enjoy these views and more from the Rooftop Restaurant and cocktail bar, allowing a glimpse of Stratford-upon-Avon from above.
Staying at boutique The Arden Hotel provides a luxury Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation, with easy access to the theatres. It’s only a 3-minute walk away, which means you can relax knowing you can pop back to your room. Plus, with a private car park it means you don’t have worry about parking in the town centre.
Final tip for Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation
There are plenty of things to see if Stratford-upon-Avon. It is also a great town to spend a relaxing weekend.
When looking for Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation, it is worth also looking at places outside of the town centre. This is especially true if you are travelling by car, as parking spaces can be limited. You may also find all-day parking is costly, due to most of the car parks being Pay and Display.
Whatever your budget, style and preferred location, there is Stratford-upon-Avon accommodation to suit you.