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The list of Shakespearian attractions incudes the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespears Birthplace, Nash's House, Anne Hathaways Cottage and Mary Ardens House. You do not have to be a fan of Shakespear's writings to enjoy the period atmosphere that the town offers. The attractions are very well presented and good value for money.
It is best to avoid weekends, but the town is always busy. The river Avon with it's swans, colourful barges and wide grassy banks and footpaths, provides space to have a picnic or enjoy a stroll by the river.
Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, Stratford was originally a market town and still retains the market place at it's centre. The name Stratford means street-ford a crossing point (ford) over the Avon. The ford was supplemented by a medieval wooden bridge and eventually at the end of the fifteenth century by the stone Clopton bridge of today.
Most of the Cotswold attractions, towns and villages can be reached by a modest drive from Stratford leaving on the A3400 south.