Stratford-upon-Avon is a picturesque town beautifully situated on the River Avon with a wealth of black and white timber framed buildings. It is, of course, most famous for being the birthplace of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. Steeped in culture and history, the town is set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, and is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.

Stratford has Anglo-Saxon origins, and grew up as a market town in medieval times. The original charters of the town were granted in 1196, making Stratford officially over 800 years old. The name is a fusion of the Old English strǣt, meaning “street”, and ford, meaning that a Roman road forded the River Avon at the site of the town.


What to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust currently owns and cares for a number of houses relating to Shakespeare in and around the town of Stratford-upon-Avon as well as for Harvard House. These will all be open to visit throughout the Congress:


The Royal Shakespeare Company stages the work of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and exciting new writers and performers of today. The Summer 2016 schedule is yet to be announced, but information will be added to this website in due course. To view productions that are currently running at the Theatre, please visit the RSC website. The RSC offers various things to do throughout the Congress:


Shakespeare’s England (the official tourism guide for Stratford-upon-Avon) also offer suggestions of things you can do and places you can visit around Stratford-upon-Avon. These are helpfully split into the type of day you may have in mind: