With more than 800 years of history, a variety of eclectic, independent shops, beautiful parks and a range of unique experiences to enjoy, there’s so much to discover in Stratford-upon-Avon.
To really explore this historic market town, it’s worth visiting for longer than just one day – plus the cobbled streets lit up at night time is a sight you won’t want to miss.
To help you plan your Autumn staycation, we’ve suggested our top four must visits on a trip to Stratford.
1. Shakespeare’s Birthplace
As Stratford-upon-Avon is synonymous with William Shakespeare, a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace is naturally in our top places to explore. Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps without the usual crowds, hear tales of his family life and get up close to rare historic objects.
To find out more about Shakespeare and explore his birthplace during your Autumn staycation in Stratford, you’ll need to pre-book your tickets online.
2. Batsford Arboretum
With 56-acres of gardens and a variety of magnificent coloured trees, shrubs and plants from around the world, the Batsford Arboretum makes for a perfect trip when visiting Stratford-upon-Avon.
As well as their Autumn Watch, where you can follow the changing colours on display within the grounds, Batsford Arboretum are also running events such as Autumn Photography Workshops. Held on selected dates in October and November, join award-winning professional photographer Alan Ranger on a half or one day photography workshop.
3. Welcombe Hills
Named after a historic well within the grounds, the Welcombe Hills offers a variety of wonderful walks through grassland and woodland. Look out for oak, horse-chestnut and beech trees within the woods, along with the wildlife who live there such as the great spotted woodpecker, sparrowhawk and little owl.
Pack a picnic, a warm coat and a flask of tea and spend time together safely on your Autumn staycation in the great outdoors. You can even listen to an audio trail of Welcombe Hills to really understand more about the fascinating landscape that makes up the reserve.
4. Shakespeare Gin Distillery
Ever wondered how gin is made? For a fun and informative afternoon, take a tour of Stratford’s very own gin distillery Shakespeare. Discover how gin is made and learn about its history, before a tutored tasting of at least 3 Shakespeare Distillery spirits.
For a more hands on activity, why not try your skills at distilling gin at their Gin School? With your own miniature copper still, an array of botanicals to choose from and expert tuition, you’ll leave with your very own crafted gin!
Make the most of your Autumn staycation
For a warm welcome after a day exploring Stratford-upon-Avon, book to stay with us at the centrally located Arden Hotel.
With our Autumn Staycation offer you can really make the most of your trip to Stratford, with overnight accommodation and a full English breakfast, a delicious two-course dinner and a seasonal pre-dinner cocktail.
Priced from £180 per room, per night, our Autumn Staycation offer means you’ll be able to spend time safely with loved ones in our beautiful, historic town.
To book your stay with us at The Arden Hotel and truly experience Stratford-upon-Avon, call our team on 01789 298682 or book online.