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Stratford-upon-Avon

National Rail | station code SAV

Warwickshire near Cotswolds

A market town on the River Avon with many historic buildings. The town is famous as the birthplace of the poet and playwright William Shakespeare. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is ¾ mile from the station. The American Fountain is an ornate clock tower commemorating Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887 (the fountain no longer works).

Stratford-upon-Avon is usually shortened to Stratford but when buying tickets and checking train times the full name avoids confusion with Stratford station in London.

Before reaching Stratford-upon-Avon trains call at Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, do not alight there as it is about 1½ miles from the town centre - remain on the train to Stratford-upon-Avon.

To visit the other Shakespeare attraction of Mary Arden's Farm take the train to Wilmcote or you may like to walk about 3 miles along the canal towpath.

TI tel. 01789 264293.

www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk | www.rsc.org.uk

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Shakespeare's Birthplace ½ mile

Shakespeare's childhood home and where he lived for his early married years. The Shakespeare Centre shows how his work has been enjoyed and interpreted. Shakespeare memorabilia. See his father's glove-making workshop. Resident actors. Tel. 01789 204016.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Oct-Mar).
www.shakespeare.org.uk

Shakespeare's New Place ¾ mile

The site of Shakespeare's family home with an exhibition of Shakespeare's world. Gardens. Dressing up, costume and animation. Tel. 01789 204016.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Oct-Mar).
www.shakespeare.org.uk

Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall ¾ mile

The schoolroom where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become a playwright after watching actors performing in the Guildhall. The 15th century timber-framed Guildhall was the headquarters of the Guild of the Holy Cross and later used by the town council. 13th century Chapel with rare medieval wall paintings. Tel. 01789 203170.
Open Daily 1100-1700.
www.shakespearesschoolroom.org

The MAD Museum ¾ mile

A quirky and fun museum of Mechanical Art and Design with interactive pieces, kinetic art and automata. Tel. 01789 269356.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1030-1600 Oct-Mar) but check website for occasional maintenance closures.
www.themadmuseum.co.uk

Hall's Croft ¾ mile

The luxurious Jacobean home of Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna and her husband Dr John Hall. Flemish paintings and fine furniture. Walled garden. Café. Tel. 01789 204016.
Open Daily 1100-1700 (1600 Oct-Mar).
www.shakespeare.org.uk

Holy Trinity Church 1 mile

This 13th century parish church on the banks of the River Avon is where Shakespeare was baptised, worshipped and buried. It has many historic features, for example every window in the nave and chancel is filled with stained glass. Tel. 01789 266316. Admission is free but a donation would be appreciated.
Open M-S 0900-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb), Sun 1230-1700, subject to alteration for services.
www.stratford-upon-avon.org

Anne Hathaway's Cottage 1 mile

This 500 year old picturesque thatched cottage was the home of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway, before they were married. Original furniture. Cottage garden, orchard, sculpture trail and woodland walk. Café. Tel. 01789 338532.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Oct-Mar).
www.shakespeare.org.uk

Butterfly Farm 1 mile

Butterflies from around the world in a rainforest environment. Minibeast Metropolis with leafcutter ants, stick insects, spiders, snakes and giant snails. Tel. 01789 299288.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (dusk in winter).
www.butterflyfarm.co.uk

Charlecote Park NT by bus

Historic landscaped parkland with sheep, deer and views across the River Avon. It has been home to the Lucy family for 900 years and parts of the House are open in summer with a collection of treasures from the family's European travels. Victorian Kitchen and outbuildings. Stables with carriage collection. Gardens. Tearoom. Tel. 01789 470277.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb), House by timed tickets 1130-1530 Apr-Oct only.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/charlecote-park
Bus X17 (18 Sun & BH) from Wood Street (½ mile from station) to Charlecote Pheasant, shortly after Alveston. 17 minutes journey, M-S X17 hourly, Sun & BH 18 hourly. Check the X17 timetable carefully, the service is ½-hourly but only hourly via Charlecote. Operated by Stagecoach.
Buses also operate from Warwick.

Stay in Charlecote Park Turret: National Trust Holiday apartment.

Charlecote Mill by bus then ½ mile

A watermill still working as a commercial mill producing stoneground flours and retaining the atmosphere of a traditional Victorian mill. Refreshments. Tel. 01789 842072.
Open see website for open days.
www.charlecotemill.co.uk
Bus see Charlecote Park above, the Mill is ½ mile from the bus stops.

Charlecote map

Coughton Court NT by bus

Home to the Throckmorton family since 1409, Coughton Court is still very much a family home with an intimate feel. Discover the history of the Catholic family, including their link to the infamous Gunpowder Plot. Gardens with riverside walk and roses. Café. Tel. 01789 400777.
Open Apr-Sep, WThFSSu 1100-1700. Mar & Oct, ThFSSu 1100-1700 House only.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coughton-court
Bus X19 from near station to opposite entrance shortly after Alcester. 30 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun & BH every 2 hours. Operated by Stagecoach.
Buses also operate from Evesham.

Hidcote

Hidcote NT by bus then 1½ miles

The world-famous Arts and Crafts garden created by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston. The garden's colourful outdoor 'rooms' are full of surprises with many unusual plants. Café. Tel. 01386 438333.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1000-1700 (1800 Apr-Sep).
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote
Bus 1/2 from Wood Street (½ mile from station) to Mickleton Three Ways (about 30 minutes journey) then 1½ miles uphill walk. M-S every 1 to 2 hours, operated by Johnson's Coaches. Also 606S Sun & BH only from Bridge Street (¾ mile from station), 18 minutes journey, infrequent, operated by Marchant's Coaches. Buses also operate from Moreton-in-Marsh and Cheltenham.
Note After wet weather when the path is muddy you may prefer to walk 2 miles via the minor road.

Kiftsgate Court Garden by bus then 1½ miles

The gardens were planted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Colourful summer borders contrast with the tranquil sunken garden. Bluebell wood in early May. Refreshments. Tel. 01386 438777.
Open May-Aug, MTWSSu 1200-1800 (1400-1800 in Aug). Apr & Sep, MWSu 1400-1800.
www.kiftsgate.co.uk
Bus see Hidcote.

Mickleton map

Chipping Campden by bus

A small market town in the northern Cotswolds with an elegant High Street of historic buildings. These buildings include the Market Hall built of the local honey-coloured stone in 1627 and now cared for by the National Trust. The Cotswold Way National Trail starts at Chipping Campden. Note that Campden is pronounced 'Camden'.
Bus 1/2 from Wood Street (½ mile from station) to Chipping Campden High Street, about 45 minutes journey, M-S every 1 to 2 hours, operated by Johnson's Coaches. Also 606S Sun & BH only from Bridge Street (¾ mile from station), 26 minutes journey, infrequent, operated by Marchant's Coaches. Buses also operate from Moreton-in-Marsh and Cheltenham.

TI Tel. 01386 841206.

www.chippingcampden.co.uk

Court Barn Museum by bus

The story of the Arts and Crafts movement illustrated with many examples of the work of artists, designers and craftspeople of the northern Cotswolds. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01386 841951.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1000-1700 (1600 Oct-Mar).
www.courtbarn.org.uk
Bus see Chipping Campden above.

Chipping Campden map
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Broadway by bus

A large Cotswolds village with a wide street lined with a picturesque mixture of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings. It is known as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds'. The Cotswold Way National Trail passes through Broadway.
Bus 1 from Wood Street (½ mile from station) to Broadway High Street, about 60 minutes journey, M-S infrequent, operated by Johnson's Coaches. Also 606S Sun & BH only from Bridge Street (¾ mile from station), 45 minutes journey, infrequent, operated by Marchant's Coaches. Buses also operate from Evesham, Moreton-in-Marsh and Cheltenham.

www.visit-broadway.co.uk

Broadway map

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery by bus

A branch of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, this museum has exhibits with connections to the local landscape and Broadway's history, including paintings, tapestries and ceramics. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01386 859047.
Open TWThFS & BH 1000-1700 (1500 Nov-Jan).
www.ashmoleanbroadway.org
Bus see Broadway above.

Broadway Tower by bus then 1½ miles

Broadway Tower is a Capability Brown folly on an ancient beacon site. There are exhibitions on three floors and dramatic views from the roof, on a clear day you can see 16 counties. Restaurant. Tel. 01386 853390.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
www.broadwaytower.co.uk
Bus see Broadway above then 1½ miles uphill walk along the Cotswold Way. The uphill walk can be avoided by alighting from the bus before Broadway at the top of Fish Hill: watch for a signposted left turning off the A44 at crossroads, about 15 minutes from Moreton-in-Marsh, then walk ¾ mile along the minor road.

Gordon Russell Design Museum by bus

The Museum celebrates the life and work of the designer Gordon Russell and his Company. The museum is housed in the original workshop and its furniture collection covers a range of styles including Arts and Crafts, Modernism and Utility. Tel. 01386 854695.
Open Feb-Dec, TWThFSSu 1100-1700 (1600 Nov/Dec/Feb)).
www.gordonrussellmuseum.org
Bus see Broadway above.

Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway by bus then ½ mile

A 16 mile standard gauge steam and diesel railway from Broadway to Cheltenham Race Course. Heritage Trail at Toddington. Events programme. Tearooms at Winchcombe and Toddington stations. Tel. 01242 621405.
Open please see website for operating days and train times.
www.gwsr.com
Bus see Broadway above.