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Stratford is one of the most popular towns in England; some say it is second only to London – and for good reasons. We never tire of the town centre. From The Emsley’s Arden Street to the Avon River it is full of shops, eateries, fascinating old Tudor buildings and interesting places to explore. The MAD Museum and Butterfly Farm are always popular as are the guided walks, the ghost tour and walks along the river or canal. You can take a boat cruise on the Avon or board the red bus that will take you to the Shakespeare sites that include his house, his burial location, Mary Arden’s House (his mother) and Anne Hathaway’s cottage (his wife). The Holy Trinity Church where the Bard and Anne are buried has a very rare ‘weeping chancel’.
The Royal Shakespeare Company attracts large numbers. Many staying at The Emsley have come to see one or more plays at the RSC’s theatres.
We recommend you take a day to wander around the town, do a boat tour and visit the Shakespeare sites before a pre-theatre meal. There are many old pubs to sample the ale and enjoy some good food. We recommend the Old Thatch Tavern or the White Swan, just around the corner from The Emsley. Sheep Street is full of wonderful restaurants, while others are scattered around the town if you have not tired of wandering around.