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Stratford-Upon-Avon Landmarks Tour (Self Guided), Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon has many interesting landmarks, many of which are from the Victorian era. A tour around Waterside and High Streets has some architecturally remarkable buildings, especially the bank buildings, the old ones, and those on Market Cross. Some attractive sites and landmarks are located by riverbanks and they are always full of outdoors enthusiasts.
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Stratford-Upon-Avon Landmarks Tour Map

Guide Name: Stratford-Upon-Avon Landmarks Tour
Guide Location: England » Stratford-upon-Avon (See other walking tours in Stratford-upon-Avon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: ChristineT
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Swan Theater
  • Cox's Yard
  • Shakespeare Memorial
  • Old Bank
  • Market Cross
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace Giftshop
  • The Jester
  • White Swan Hotel
Swan Theater

1) Swan Theater (must see)

The Swan Theatre is a theatre belonging to the Royal Shakespeare Company. It is built on to the side of the larger Royal Shakespeare Theatre, occupying the Victorian Gothic structure that formerly housed the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre that preceded the RST but was destroyed by fire in 1926.

The space was to be dedicated to playing the works of William Shakespeare's contemporaries, the works of European writers and the occasional work of Shakespeare.

The Swan has subsequently been used for many other types of drama including the works of Chekhov, Ibsen and Tennessee Williams.

The Swan Theatre has recently been refurbished. The Transformation project included new facilities and public spaces for the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres - a Rooftop Restaurant with views over the River Avon, a Riverside Cafe and Terrace, the PACCAR Room exhibition space, a 36m high tower which provides circulation and outstanding views from its 32m high viewing platform, a new public outdoor space, Weston Square, to connect the theatre with the old medieval town to the west, and a riverside walk which stretches from the Bancroft Gardens, past the theatre, towards Holy Trinity Church.

The whole building is now accessible for the first time for all visitors, performers and staff.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cox's Yard

2) Cox's Yard

Cox's Yard is a famous entertainment complex, located riverside, at the foot of Clopton Bridge. The site used to be a timber warehouse owned by James Cox, who opened his business in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1839, when there was a building boom. Featuring great food, live music and theater performances, the Cox's Yard is one of the most popular places for both locals and tourists. The site was preserved and has been successfully converted from a warehouse into a now-flourishing entertainment venue.
Shakespeare Memorial

3) Shakespeare Memorial (must see)

In 1877 a committee was created in Stratford-upon-Avon to erect a memorial to Shakespeare. This originally comprised a theatre building, to be sited on land donated by the bank of the Avon within sight of the church where Shakespeare was buried.

A statue was also created in 1888, the work of Lord Ronald Gower. This is situated in Stratford's Bancroft Gardens. The monument shows Shakespeare seated on a pedestal, surrounded, at ground level, by statues of Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Prince Hal, and Falstaff. These characters were intended to be emblematic of Shakespeare's creative versatility: representing Philosophy, Tragedy, History, and Comedy.

Another statue is present in a niche on the exterior of the town hall building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Bank

4) Old Bank

The Old Bank is a remarkable example of the 19th century Victorian architecture in this predominately Tudor-style town. The sturdy corner building is made from red brick and bears Gothic features, along with flamboyant arches and friezes. The entrance is decorated with marble columns. Above the main porch you will find a beautiful mosaic, representing Shakespeare. The site is still a working bank.
Market Cross

5) Market Cross

The Market Cross is another Stratford-Upon-Avon landmark with a commercial background. It's now a nice little traffic roundabout, surrounded by more recent commercial buildings. In the Middle Ages it used to be the site of an open Market Hall and it was reputed to be the best place for local gossips. Market Cross joins five streets and is the site of several architecturally-interesting buildings, such as Barclays Bank (which has a clock tower on top), and the gabled Victorian Lloyd's of London Bank.
Shakespeare's Birthplace Giftshop

6) Shakespeare's Birthplace Giftshop

Shakespeare's Birthplace Gift Shop is the top spot for Stratford-Upon-Avon visitors. Located next door to the famous house, it has a variety of items for home decor, gift books, pewter items, apparel, toys, prints etc, and all related to Britain's most treasured bard. Shakespeare's characters are present in the items found here.
The Jester

7) The Jester (must see)

The Jester is one of the most recent and famous Stratford landmarks. At the junction of Henley and Windsor Streets, the bronze Jester welcomes the public with a pole, a mask of comedy, and an extended heel, while hiding a tragedy mask behind his back. The statue was a gift from Anthony Bird, a native of Warwickshire. The Jester appeared in many Shakespeare plays, so his appearance just several yards from the poet's birthplace is rather symbolic. The Jester's plinth bears many interesting and appropriately funny Shakespearian quotations.
White Swan Hotel

8) White Swan Hotel

The White Swan Hotel is ever faithful to the Stratford-upon-Avon picture perfect postcard, since it's establishment in the mid 16th century. Located at Rother Marketplace, the black and white Tudor-period inn used to be a bakery and undoubtedly is one of the few oldest preserved buildings in town. The hotel boasts that the former bakery had Shakespeare among its faithful bread buyers.

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.
Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Tour

Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Tour

Stratford-Upon-Avon is William Shakespeare's hometown, and also the place where he passed away. Many period buildings and locations, related to his and his family's life, are preserved as Britain's national heritage. The most popular attractions are the Tudor period Shakespeare's Birthplace House and his beautiful burial place at the Holy Trinity Church.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Stratford-Upon-Avon Charlecote Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon Charlecote Walk

The Charlecote walk offers you a great stroll through the English countryside. The impressive Victorian Charlecote Park, the surrounding grounds and the Hampton Lucy village, are wonderful to explore and here you will see Shakespeare's hometown, which is just four miles away.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Stratford-Upon-Avon Waterside Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon Waterside Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon is located on both banks of the river Avon, mainly on its west side, and it is very picturesque, especially on sunny spring and summer days. The banks are full of ducks, boats and river trams. The stroll along the river is relaxing and the waterside trails always attract both tourists and locals.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Stratford-Upon-Avon Tudor History Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon Tudor History Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon is an old medieval market town with a great history, and it was founded in the middle of the 12th century. As it is Shakespeare's hometown, you'll find it filled with period houses of the Tudor period. Many of them have been kept in their original state, since the 16th century, and their classic black and white appearance marks the Tudor architectural tradition.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Stratford-upon-Avon Introduction Walk

Stratford-upon-Avon Introduction Walk

The place of Stratford-upon-Avon in the world's history is set in stone as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Owing to this fact, thousands of tourists – lovers of the English literature – flock to this cute 16th-century West Midlands town each year out of respect and desire to get closer to the famous bard. In part, this is also due to a multitude of well-preserved Medieval and other...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles