Our first stop is Stratford, a charming town set on the banks of the River Avon. Although it is attractive in its own right, it is most well known as the home of William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, in the centre of town, features a fascinating exhibition into the cultural impact of the Bard of Avon. One of the highlights there is to watch actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company perform requests out in the garden.
It’s a short walk through town to Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare and his family are buried. There are several other locations associated with Shakespeare and his immediate family in the area.
A stroll down by the river Avon, past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, offers a perfect way to unwind.
It’s then a short drive South from Stratford to the Cotswolds. An area of rolling hills and picturesque villages, the Cotswolds is one of the prettiest parts of the whole country. It has a sleepy, timeless quality to it that locals and visitors alike appreciate.
Attractive towns such as Bourton-on-the Water and Burford are delightful to look at but also offer interesting shopping opportunities with antiques and craft shops being particularly prevalent.
Villages such as Bibury and Great Tew are examples of the quintessential English Countryside, featuring honey coloured stone cottages and thatched roofs. There are a variety of great country pubs and tea houses in the area which make it an ideal place to stop off for some refreshment.