Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

    Notable Building

    The most picturesque of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties, this thatched cottage on the western outskirts of Stratford is the family...Read More

  • 2. Attingham Park

    Historic Home

    Built in 1785 by George Steuart (architect of the church of St. Chad in Shrewsbury) for the first Lord Berwick, this elegant stone mansion has...Read More

  • 3. Baddesley Clinton

    Historic Home

    The eminent architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described this as “the perfect late medieval manor house,” and it’s hard to argue with...Read More

  • 4. Barber Institute of Fine Arts

    Edgbaston | Museum/Gallery

    Part of the University of Birmingham, this museum has a small but astounding collection of European paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture...Read More

  • 5. Birmingham Back to Backs

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Of the 20,000 courtyards of back-to-back houses (houses that quite literally back onto each other) built in the 19th century for the city’s...Read More

  • 6. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Vast and impressive, this museum holds a magnificent collection of Victorian art and is known internationally for its works by the Pre-Raphaelites...Read More

  • 7. Black Country Living Museum

    Museum Village

    This 26-acre museum on social history gives insight into what life was like centuries ago for the men and women who worked in the coal-producing...Read More

  • 8. Chester Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tradition has it that, in Roman, times a church of some sort stood on the site of what is now Chester Cathedral, but records date construction...Read More

  • 9. Coffin Works


    On paper this museum might not be the obvious choice for a fun afternoon on your vacation, but it’s actually a very lovely time capsule of an...Read More

  • 10. Hellens Manor

    Historic Home

    Just outside the village of Much Marcle, four miles southwest of Ledbury, lies the beautiful 17th-century manor of Hellens, kept like a time...Read More

  • 11. Hereford Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built of local red sandstone, Hereford Cathedral is a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including Mappa Mundi, the largest medieval map...Read More

  • 12. Holy Trinity Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century church on the banks of the River Avon is the final resting place of William Shakespeare. He was buried here not because he...Read More

  • 13. Ikon Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Converted from a Victorian Gothic–style school, this gallery is among the city’s top venues for contemporary art from Britain and abroad and...Read More

  • 14. Ironbridge Gorge Museum


    The 10 sites that make up the Ironbridge Gorge Museum—a World Heritage Site spread over 6 square miles—preserve the area’s fascinating industrial...Read More

  • 15. Jewellery Quarter

    Hockley | Neighborhood/Street

    For more than two centuries, jewelers have worked in the district of Hockley, northwest of the city center. Today, hundreds of manufacturing...Read More

  • 16. Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden


    The romantic ruins of Kenilworth give some sense of the turbulent times the castle has witnessed in its 900-year history. In 1326, King Edward...Read More

  • 17. Lord Leycester Hospital

    Notable Building

    Unattractive postwar development has spoiled much of Warwick’s town center, but look for the 14th-century half-timber Lord Leycester Hospital...Read More

  • 18. Ludlow Castle


    The "very perfection of decay," according to author Daniel Defoe, the ruins of this red sandstone castle date from 1085. No wonder the massive...Read More

  • 19. Mary Arden’s Farm

    Historic Home

    This charming working farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, and offers great insight into the farming methods employed...Read More

  • 20. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

    Jewellery Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    This museum is built around the workshops of Smith & Pepper, a firm that operated in the Jewellery Quarter for more than 80 years. Little...Read More

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