Stratford-upon-Avon needs no introduction as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, England's greatest playwright. This fine Warwickshire market town on the banks of the River Avon is full of black and white timbered houses, including Shakespeare's birthplace. There are plenty of holiday cottages in Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding Warwickshire countryside. Visitors have a fine choice of high quality self-catering apartments, town houses and cottages to choose from when planning a holiday or weekend break in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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For those following the trail of the Baird, the first stop is the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, more than one theatre actually, comprising the main auditorium, The Swan Theatre, The Courtyard and The Other Place, the latter is currently closed but due to be restored and re-opened. The Theatre is the home of the world class Royal Shakespeare Company who perform a repertoire of Shakespeare and other plays in the various venues. No stay in Stratford is complete without taking in a performance.

Other Shakesperian locations include The New Place - another of Shakspeare's homes, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm. When exploring the town, why not book a waling tour such as the Stratford Hhost Tour, or just relax on a sunny afternoon in the Bancroft Gardens on the banks of the River Avon or spot RSC actors enjoying a well-deserved after show drink in the nearby Dirty Duck pub. Boat trips of self-hire rowing boats can be rented along the river or the canal basin. The fleshpots and retail delights of Birmingham are a short drive or train-ride away, while other 'go-to' destinations include Royal Leamington Spa and the magnificent Warwick Castle.