The 10 Best Hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon for 2021/2022
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Travel back to the Tudor splendour of Shakespeare’s England with a luxury stay in Stratford-upon-Avon. These top 5 hotels run the gamut of resplendent manors to contemporary city hotels in the centre.
Idyllically located on the riverside, this town centre hotel is just moments from prized Shakespearean attractions. The hotel offers a wealth of interesting facilities, from an on-site swimming pool and spa to a delightful outside terrace. Rooms are cool and modern with pretty garden views.
This evocative 16th-century hotel is located just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon. You can indulge in the hotel’s highly prized spa or enjoy the ornate gardens. The hotel’s library was once used by Shakespeare, and the rooms are suitably designed in Tudor-inspired furnishings.
The Hallmark Hotel is a grand country estate on the northern edges of Stratford-upon-Avon. The hotel is as resplendent as it gets, with 150 acres of landscaped grounds and grand hallways littered with sophisticated antiques and gilded furnishings. Rooms are appropriately ornate with tranquil views across the hotel’s sprawling grounds.
This boutique hotel is just moments from Anne Hathaway's Cottage, one of the region's true highlights. The hotel itself is wonderfully bright and airy, with an elegant dining room serving exquisite locally-sourced dishes. Rooms feature bespoke design with captivating artworks and floral patterns.
This picturesque rural retreat close to Stratford-upon-Avon is brimming with country character. From the rustic open beam rooms to the cosy on-site bar, you’ll find a wealth of unique features in every nook and cranny. The hotel’s terrace bar is a heavenly spot to unwind in with excellent links to the bucolic countryside.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Luxury toiletries
- Flatscreen TVs
- Rainfall showers
- Delightful bar
- On-site restaurant
- Spa treatments
Stratford-upon-Avon is a delightful destination whatever the season. July and August tend to be the peak periods of travel, as school terms end and families descend on the town’s ancient attractions. To avoid these crowds, you can consider visiting during the shoulder season. In spring, this brings the added benefit of pretty gardens in full bloom, while autumn brings delightful changing colours in the town's parks. Winter is also a fantastic time to visit, with bustling Christmas markets and pretty town illuminations. For must-see events, consider visiting during a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (throughout the year) or during the famed Literary Festival in November.
Stratford-upon-Avon is an ideal location for fans of literature, history and culture. Couples will find a wealth of romantic eateries and charming winding alleys to explore together. As for families, there are plenty of Shakespeare-inspired museums which are captivating for little ones, including the interactive Tudor World. You can check the Royal Shakespeare Theatre’s programme for a full list of shows throughout the year for a special day out with friends or family.
- Historic hotels
- Country hotels
- Riverside hotels
- Boutique hotels
- Village hotels
- Spa retreats
- Comfortable shoes
- An umbrella
- Evening clothes
- Charging cables
- Shakespeare guide
Stratford-upon-Avon is a centrally located Warwickshire market town with excellent links by car, bus and train. The rail station is served by two National Rail routes, with connections to Birmingham and Leamington (with transfers to London). For overseas travellers, the closest airport is Birmingham International Airport, which is easily reached by road or rail. Once you’ve arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon, you’ll find the town centre very compact and easy to navigate on foot. If you’d like to explore more of the Shakespearean countryside of Warwickshire, a car is recommended.
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As the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon lets you know precisely what the author means to the town. You'll find a quaint sprinkling of captivating Tudor-period buildings which were graced by Shakespeare in history, including his birthplace. You'll also find captivating tourist attractions dedicated to the Bard’s heritage. All of these exude a serene, English countryside charm, so make the most of the romantic gardens and riverfront eateries while you’re here.
When you’ve finished your exploration of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespearean centre, there’s plenty to explore in the area. Chief among these is the tranquil canal way which winds out from town. Follow the canal via foot or cycle and you’ll soon reach Mary Arden's Farm in peaceful Wilmcote, the birthplace of the Bard's mother. The route takes in romantic scenery through an unspoilt landscape of pastoral fields and farms.