Stratford-upon-Avon is an attractive market town in Warwickshire, on the River Avon, and is one of the most enquired about towns in England by visitors from abroad.
The main reason for the interest is that it was the birthplace in 1564 of possibly the world's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, but it would still be a very nice town even without the Shakespeare connection..
The fairly large house known as Shakespeare's Birthplace is in Henley Street, and there are several other properties associated with Shakespeare and his family.
New Place, to which Shakespeare retired, is now marked by a lovely garden; Nash's House was the home of his grand-daughter; and Hall's Croft is where his doctor son-in-law lived.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, where his wife lived before their marriage, is just outside the town at Shottery St. Mary.
Holy Trinity Church, with its graceful spire, dates back to the 14th century and is situated in the Old Town area. Shakespeare is buried in the chancel.
Harvard House is the home of the mother of John Harvard, who founded the famous American university.
There is a very attractive group consisting of the Grammar School, the Guildhall and the Guild Chapel.
People come from all over the world to see productions involving top class actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Stratford-upon-Avon for groups.