6 Unusual Things to Do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Gondola in Stratford-upon-Avon
Gondola in Stratford-upon-Avon | © Avon Boating Ltd

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While this medieval market town may be the home of William Shakespeare, there’s far more to it than the famous English bard. If you’re looking for something a little different, here are six unusual things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon!

1. Tudor World ghost tours


Tudor World | © Tudor World
© Tudor World

Stratford-upon-Avon is famed for its striking, tudor buildings, beams ‘n’ all. However, this one is particularly special. Step in to Tudor World, an interactive museum with 16th century exhibits and displays brought to life! While there’s some rather impressive Shakespeare tours on offer, we’re spooked by the ghost tour. Held behind closed doors, you’ll be guided around this haunted, historic building only by lantern light. We don’t want to give anything away so you’ll have to join the ghost tour on Saturday evenings, if you dare, that is…

2. Enter the enchanting world of Magic Alley


Now in a new location at Bell Court, Stratford-upon-Avon’s most magical attraction is a must-visit on any trip to the literary heart of England. Visitors will be amazed once they pass through the doors of Magic Alley; a spellbinding shop with everything from wands to spells, an enchanting manor with puzzles galore, a magic school, and so much more. Don’t forget to refuel with a pint of world famous butterbeer!

Pretend you’re in Venice with a gondola ride

Okay, okay. So Stratford-upon-Avon is a far cry from Venice but if Italy is a little out of your budget, the River Avon is your next best bet. Avon Boating, established in 1898, offer gondola hire with experienced gondoliers on call to take care of you throughout the duration of your ride. There are various packages including wedding parties and meal options, so get booking your romantic trip now!
Swans Nest Boathouse, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS, United Kingdom, +44 1789 267073

Gondola in Stratford-upon-Avon

3. Go Christmas shopping in summer


After a quirky souvenir from your trip to Stratford-upon-Avon or are you just Christmas crazy? The Nutcracker Christmas Shop is open all year around, and is home to everything from handmade wooden nativity figures and German nutcrackers through to simple tree decorations and stockings to hang on your fireplace. All this with no Coca Cola truck in sight.

4. Go mad at the MAD Museum


The MAD Museum
© MAD Museum
The MAD Museum is the UK’s only mechanical art and design space, attracting thousands of families each week for a fun-filled day out. Kids (and big kids!) can find out what makes them tick as they take part in the hundreds of interactive displays throughout the museum. Everything here is related to science, art, technology, mathematics and design. Based in the heart of the town, kids will just love finding out how mechanics work.

Enjoy views of Stratford-upon-Avon from the RSC Tower

Let’s be honest, no trip here would be complete without a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). If plays aren’t your thing, why not try a tour of the RSC, culminating with a trip up the tower for panoramic views of the River Avon and beyond? Cheap and cheerful, tickets are just £3 for adults (£1 if you purchase tickets for another RSC tour) and kids get in for free.
Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB, United Kingdom, +44 1789 403493

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