Picture sunsets over the River Avon, scenic walks through rolling countryside and traditional local markets. You can experience all of this and more on a spring staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Although Shakespeare is very much at the heart of this historic town, there’s so much more to see on a visit. To help you plan your staycation, we’ve suggested three ways to discover the hidden gems of Stratford-upon-Avon.
1. Take a hike around rural Stratford
If you’re seeking some quiet time on your spring staycation, head to the Welcombe Hills located just outside the town centre. Take in the countryside views with flower-rich grassland and listen out for resident green woodpeckers. Pack a picnic, a good book and while the afternoon away in the spring sunshine.
Looking for a walk that gets you more up close and personal with nature? Take the family to Mary Arden’s Farm to discover rare breeds and birds of prey or visit the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, the UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise. It makes a wonderful day trip learning all about the delicate butterflies and their lifecycle.
The tropical blossoms, splashing waterfalls and fish filled ponds also add to the tranquil feel whilst bug enthusiasts will love meeting the centipedes, beetles, stick-insects and tarantulas.
2. Explore eclectic shops and stalls
If you love exploring shops that are a little bit different, you’ll enjoy pottering around Stratford-upon-Avon town centre discovering the unique variety to be found along the cobbled streets.
There’s also several markets to visit during the week – from Friday’s traditional Retail Market to the Waterside UpMarket on Sundays. Discover gift ideas, treats and sweets, handcrafted items and local produce from farmers.
With plenty of cafes serving scrumptious cakes and coffees, you can spend a full day exploring all the different shops Stratford has to offer.
3. Take to the skies for a unique experience
There’s more than just one way to explore Stratford-upon-Avon.
For a different perspective, why not try a hot air balloon ride for breath-taking views over Shakespeare’s country and the glorious countryside that stretches out beyond?
Start your spring staycation with The Arden Hotel
If you’re ready to explore all that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer, why not make the most of your visit with our spring staycation offer?
Our exclusive offer includes one night’s overnight accommodation in a Classic Room, a refreshing glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne and dinner in our No44 Brasserie. After a relaxing night’s sleep, you can also dig into a delicious full English Breakfast.
With prices from £189 per room, per night call our team on 01789 298682 or book online.
Choose to extend your stay with us and spend more time exploring with a two night trip and enjoy all of the above plus full afternoon tea with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne – book online today from £189 per room, per night.
We look forward to welcoming you to Stratford-upon-Avon on your spring staycation this year.