Aside from its theatrical heritage, the town is an attractive and historic location in its own right. As well as the professional performances at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Civic Hall Theatres, you can discover new authors at the Literary Festival, sample the delights of local produce at the Food Festival, experience music in the parks, river racing, river cruising, walks along the river and canal network or simply relax and take in the atmosphere that is Shakespeare's Stratford.
Whether you fancy afternoon tea, a pub lunch or a classic cuisine in brasserie, Stratford upon Avon has a wide variety of choice. Many restaurants use locally sourced produce and offer local and international cuisine; a number of which have attained excellent awards. Many restaurants offer pre-theatre dinners, timed to ensure you don’t miss the performance.
Within a short journey from Stratford itself you can enjoy Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds to the south, Worcester and the Malverns to the west, and The pump rooms at Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick Castle and Henley in Arden to the north. With easy road, rail and airport access and excellent schooling in the area, Stratford is a unique and most desirable place in which to live.
Properties in Stratford
Stratford-upon-Avon estate agent, Knight Frank, covers the beautiful countryside of Warwickshire, an area with some of the most prestigious property for sale in England. Whether you are looking for an imposing mansion, a country cottage, town centre apartment, Regency townhouse, Victorian terrace or Georgian manor house, a farm estate or a modern family home; Knight Frank can help you find the property that’s right for you.
Founded by Saxons in the 7th century, the name Stratford-upon-Avon is made up of Celtic and Saxon words with straet, meaning "street", and ford, meaning that a Roman road forded the River Avon at the site of the town. A typical village until the 12th century, it was transformed into a town and granted the right to hold weekly markets by King Richard I in 1196. On 23 April 1564, William Shakespeare was born in a house on Henley Street. He married Anne Hathaway and moved to London, beginning a successful career as an actor, writer and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. In 1769 the actor David Garrick staged a major Shakespeare Jubilee which saw the construction of a large rotunda and the influx of many visitors for the three day event. This contributed to the growing phenomenon of Bardolatry which made Stratford a major tourist destination.
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