From an Anglo-Saxon village, Stratford became a growing market town in 1196 with the grant of a Market Charter. Nowadays over 2 million people visit Stratford each year because of its connection to William Shakespeare, who was born and lived his life there. Shakespeare sights include his birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the home of Shakespeare's wife.
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is built next to the River Avon, and is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company which offers seasons of Shakespeare plays. Boats can be hired for trips along the river, and adjacent to the Theatre is the city centre canal basin where boats can be moored.
Stratford is easily reached by train from London and Birmingham. There is a summer Sunday steam train (Shakespeare Express) from Birmingham to Stratford upon Avon.
A pleasant week's canal boat holiday can include Stratford. A longer journey encompasses the Avon Ring from Birmingham via Stratford to Worcester and Birmingham.
The Avon Ring through rural Worcestershire and Warwickshire passes through the centre of Stratford upon Avon, where there is a canal basin moorings by the Shakespeare Theatre. See canal holidays on the Avon Ring.
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