Places to Visit
Stratford upon Avon is a very easy town to walk around with several pedestrianised and interesting shopping precincts. We will be pleased to supply you with a street map on arrival.
As well as a vast array of restaurants there are plenty of delightful coffee/teashops offering a delicious range of snacks and drinks.
The Bancroft Gardens adjacent to the River Avon are a beautiful picnic spot, weather permitting.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre ( RSC)
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is the centre of the Shakespearean world, with performances throughout the year with world-class actors. It is located by the Riverside, the postcode being CV37 6BB. From Penryn Guest House there is aprox 20 minutes walk to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or 5 minutes drive. We recommend walking as it is safe and easy to get to the RSC or getting a taxi if you are in a hurry.
Parking is very limited at RSC, the most convenient car park when visiting RSC, is by the Stratford Leisure Centre, Bridgeway, CV37 6YX.
To book tickets, please go to www.rsc.org.uk or call Box Office on 01789 40 34 93.
Please visit this page for a calendar of the forthcoming events at the RSC.
The New Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre are in the same building (Waterside, CV37 6BB) During the evening, the performances in the RSC usually start at 7.30pm and the ones in Swan theatre at 7 or 7.15pm.
The new Viewing Tower at the Theatre is well worth visiting, offering guests stunning views over Stratford upon Avon and the surrounding area. For the visitors with children, there is an entertaining mirror maze at the second floor of the Tower.
The ROOFTOP Restaurant & Bar, situated on the 4th floor of the RSC Tower is a recommended place to enjoy a meal before viewing a play.
Also, the RIVERSIDE Cafe with free wifi, in the same building, it is the ideal break for a coffee, tea, light snack or a more generous bite to eat and Swan Theatre Bar is perfect for a drink or light snack during play's intervals.
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Chruch is the most precious place of our town. The records shows that baby William Shakespeare has been christened here on 26th of April 1564. Exactly 52 years later, the records indicate that William Shakespeare has been buried here on 25th of April 1616. In his life, this was the Church where he worshipped. And today, all visitors have the privilege of getting closer to the world's most faimous writer by visiting his grave.
You will also find the graves of other members of Shakespeare's family: Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare's wife, Susanna Hall, his oldest daughter, Dr John Hall, Susanna's husband and Thomas Nash, the first husband of William Shkespeare's granddaughter.
Shakespeare church is welcoming visitors from around the world in an atmospfere of peace, prayer and praise. The entry to the church is totally free but there is a suggested donation for visiting the actual altar where the grave is. It is well worth paying it and there are helpful guides around. Other features of the Church are impressive, such us the unique stained windows and the organ pipes, well deserve to be contemplated!
Holy Trinity Church is not open to the public on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Winter opening times ( November - February):
Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm Sunday: 12:30pm to 5pm
Spring opening times ( March and October):
Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday: 12:30pm to 5pm
Summer opening times ( April - September)
Monday - Saturday 8.30am - 6pm Sunday: 12:30pm to 5pm
The church is an active parish serving the local community, therefore very often there is the need to close it at fairly short notice and this closures are always displayed in the notice board in the Churchyard. The church is a place for worship since 1200's and If you want to experience a service, then please go along on Sundays from 10:30am and 6pm. Also there is a morning prayer service Tuesdays to Fridays at 9.15am.
The address is: Shakespeare Grave, Holy Trinity Church, Southern Lane, Old Town, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BG. www.stratford-upon-avon.org
The Butterfly Farm
The Butterfly Farm is situated by the River Avon and is a well know attraction for all ages, with an amazing range of butterflies and insects in a rainfores like greenhouse. It is within walking distance from Penryn Guest House and we strongly recommend a visit, especcially on a rainy day or if you have children to entertain.
The address for the Butterfly farm is Tramway walk, Swan's Nest, CV37 7LS and there is parking available close by. www.butterflyfarm.co.uk
The MAD Museum
The Mechanical Art and Design (MAD) Museum was opened in 2012 and it is a great and unique attraction in Warwickshire, well ranked by travellers reviews. It is a visit you shouldn't miss, as the interactive nature of the exhibits is fascinating for every age...it is right in the town centre of Stratford, in Henley Street, about 15minutes walking distance from our guest house. www.themadmuseum.co.uk