Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Partially sited in one of the oldest (14th-century) and most attractive half-timbered buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon, the charming Shakespeare Hotel has long been a meeting place of writers, actors and artists in the heart of Shakespeare Country.

The hotel itself was established in the 16th century and changed its name to ‘The Shakespeare’ only in the 18th century – the first recorded exploitation of the Bard’s name for tourist purposes.

As an object of national architectural and historical interest, this gabled inn has been preserved in its original state, thanks to a careful effort. Historic character prevails here everywhere, be it on the traditionally painted black-and-white façade and all the street frontage, or the low-beamed ceilings, huge stone fireplaces and enchantingly creaky floorboards on the inside.

The picturesque 4-star hotel offers 78 contemporary guestrooms, many of which are named after the plays and characters of William Shakespeare. The Bard himself (or rather the bust thereof) greets the arriving guests at the reception.

The historic inn is as alluring in winter as it is in summer. On a cold, damp day, catch the sight of The Quill lounge, with its vast fireplace, cosy armchairs and oil paintings on the wall, and you may well find yourself inside before you even know it, sipping afternoon tea.

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Sight Name: Shakespeare Hotel
Sight Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, England (See walking tours in Stratford-upon-Avon)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Create Your Own Walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

Create Your Own Walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Stratford-upon-Avon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Tudor Houses Walking Tour

Historical Tudor Houses Walking Tour

The first thing that strikes one walking across the medieval center of Stratford-Upon-Avon is the abundance of timber-framed Tudor houses. Their most notable feature, often combined with an overhanging upper story, is an exposed wooden framework; the rest is typically filled with brick, plaster or wattle-and-daub.

Many of these buildings have been kept in their original state, notably the...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Stratford-upon-Avon Introduction Walking Tour

Stratford-upon-Avon Introduction Walking Tour

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Primal Stratford was established by...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
William Shakespeare Walking Tour

William Shakespeare Walking Tour

The picturesque town of Stratford-upon-Avon is steeped in the history of William Shakespeare. Indeed, Shakespeare's hometown is where he was born and also where he passed away on the same day (23 April) 52 years later.

Many period locations in town, related to his and his family's life, are preserved as Britain's national heritage and visited by millions of people every year in a...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles