It 's hard to escape William Shakespeare's influence when you visit Stratford Upon Avon but whether you're a fan of the bard or not, you'll find this a fascinating place to book a hotel. Shakespeare was born in Stratford Upon Avon in 1564 and died there in 1616. In between, he spent much of his life in and around the town. There are plenty of Shakespeare experiences to be enjoyed from the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre to Bard-themed tearooms. Start your visit to Stratford Upon Avon by taking a guided tour. There are walking tours with knowledgeable local guides or hop on the tour bus instead. You'll come away with interesting snippets of information, such as the fact that Shakespeare added 3,000 words to the English language! If you like browsing for antiques on city breaks, head for The Minories and Windsor Street. Both are within easy reach when you book a hotel in Stratford Upon Avon with eDreams.
If you've taken advantage of eDreams hotel deals in Stratford you can step out of your hotel for a stroll around the town. The town is split by the River Avon so admire the 15th-century Clopton Bridge before walking through Bancroft Gardens and past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre. When you reach Market Place it's just a few steps to Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum on Henley Street. If you're in town for a Shakespeare pilgrimage, this is the best place to begin and one of five properties owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The Guild Chapel is a highlight of the town. Murals from the 13th-century that were covered up at the Reformation are in the process of being restored. Next door is Nash House. It is in the grounds here that Shakespeare had a luxurious retirement home. Local lore says it was demolished in 1759 when the owner got fed up with gawking tourists! After your day's sightseeing relax in your hotel in Stratford Upon Avon before heading out for a drink in the Windmill Pub. It's so old, that Shakespeare probably had a drink here too.
While most of Stratford Upon Avon's tourist spots are centred around the Market Place and Guild Hall area, if you head a little to the south of the town not only will you find some good hotel deals but Hall's Croft and Holy Trinity Church. Hall's Croft belonged to Dr John Hall, one of Shakespeare's sons-in-law. This grand house still contains some original furniture as well as a small but fascinating medical museum. It also has a themed tearoom in the garden. As well as looking for cheap hotels in the town itself, you can stay in the surrounding villages and still enjoy the Shakespeare links. The house of Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, is in the village of Wilmcote. There are two bonuses of a visit to Mary Arden's House and the Shakespeare Countryside Museum. It is the least crowded of the Shakespeare properties and is also a place where endangered breeds of old English farm animals are protected. These include red-haired Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot pigs as well as Cotswold Sheep. If the words of the Bard are calling you to Stratford Upon Avon then look for cheap hotels by using eDreams easy-to-use search filters.