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Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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Tourism

Shakespeare is synonymous with the area of South Warwickshire which covers historic Warwick and Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon and further down the county towards the Cotswolds

Stratford District comprises of rolling countryside, bustling market towns, historic mansions and pretty little villages. These are just some of the attractions portrayed to the 5.5 million of visitors who come here each year.

Many visitors come to pay homage to William Shakespeare, born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, and to get a glimpse of life in 16th century England through the five Shakespeare properties that are preserved in and around the town by Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust.

RST river view
RST river view

The Shakespeare connection is renowned throughout the world, and much of the District's economy relies on the tourism generated by the 'Bard'.

But not everything revolves around Shakespeare and the Stratford District lays claim to numerous historic connections: Captain Scott spent his last days in England at Binton before departing for his fateful expedition of the Antarctic; Novelist and the first Fleet Street agony aunt, Ursula Bloom, grew up in Whitchurch; and Peter de Montfort, head of the family who built their castle in Beaudesert, was the first elected speaker of the English Parliament.

Further information on accommodation, events, attractions, the history of the town and the surrounding area can be found at:

Discover Stratford - The Official Tourist Information website for Stratford-on-Avon

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Royal Shakespeare Company

For further information please contact the Visitor Information Centre on 01789 264293