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Stratford-Upon-Avon Waterside Walk (Self Guided), Stratford-upon-Avon

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.
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Stratford-Upon-Avon Waterside Walk Map

Guide Name: Stratford-Upon-Avon Waterside Walk
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: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: ChristineT
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Boat Rowing Club
  • Shakespeare Memorial
  • Bancroft Basin
  • Bancroft Gardens
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Avon Bank Gardens
  • Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
Butterfly Farm

1) Butterfly Farm (must see)

Stratford Butterfly Farm is a visitor attraction. A leafy tropical environment is simulated inside large greenhouses. There are numerous free flying butterflies, a few free flying birds, a pool containing fish, and running water. There are also insects and spiders living in glass displays.

Stratford Butterfly Farm consists of three main areas:

Caterpillar Room which houses caterpillars, pupaes, eggs and specialist plants for butterfly breeding. This is the large walk through glasshouse.

Insect City houses the more exotic insects, such as beetles, praying mantis, stick insects and giant millipedes. The insects are all behind glass and above your head is a glass confinement of leaf cutter ants. A section in insect city is called 'mini beast' and has snails and crabs.

Arachnoland houses over 15 species of spider from black widows to tarantulas. They also have the world's largest spider species, the Goliath birdeater. Arachnoland also includes a collection of scorpions including Imperial Scorpions that glow in the dark. Once again these are all behind glass.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Boat Rowing Club

2) Boat Rowing Club

The Boat Rowing Club is an old sports establishment here in Straford-Upon-Avon and it's one of the best-known in Britain. In 1874, when the first regatta took place on the river Avon, the club grew into a fully-operating boat rowing club and water sports championship site. After rowing became practically a national sport in England, the club gained fame for Stratford-Upon-Avon.
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
Bancroft Basin

4) Bancroft Basin

Bacroft Basin is part of Stratford Canal and the most picturesque and most photographed site in the heart of Statford-Upon-Avon. The lock offers breathtaking views of the Avon river, the towering Trinity Church, Shakespeare Royal Theater and both Tramway and Clopton Bridges. It is also a marina for Avon boats and river trams.
Bancroft Gardens

5) Bancroft Gardens (must see)

Bancroft Gardens overlooks the river Avon and is a public garden that draws visitors every sunny and even cloudy day. Located just in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theater, it's also a summer gathering venue for street artists. The far end of Bancroft Gardens has the Shakespeare statue, also known as Gower Memorial, and in the center of it, the public can enjoy the newly-built Commemorative Fountain in honor of the 800th jubilee of Stratford-Upon-Avon being granted the status of market town by King Richard I.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre

6) Royal Shakespeare Theatre (must see)

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) is a 1,040+ seat thrust stage theatre owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company dedicated to the British playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It is located in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace. The Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres re-opened in November 2010 after undergoing a major renovation.

The theatre has a new Rooftop Restaurant and Bar with views over the River Avon, a Riverside Cafe and Terrace, a Colonnade linking the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres together for the first time, the PACCAR Room exhibition space, and a 36m high Tower which provides circulation and views across Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area from its 32m high viewing platform. There is also 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 visitors, performers and staff with disabilities. There are three times as many dedicated wheelchair spaces in the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre auditorium in comparison to the previous auditorium, new lifts (there were no public lifts in the previous building), accessible toilets on all levels and no steps on the riverside walk, which previously had many stepped levels.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Avon Bank Gardens

7) Avon Bank Gardens (must see)

Avon Bank Gardens is a secluded public garden overlooking the river, located at the edge of the Holy Trinity Church's grounds. Gardens' Lock is also a station terminus for the famous mechanical chain ferry, the only one of its kind still working in all of Britain. The walk-through from the Royal Shakespeare Theater to the Trinity Church and way over to the opposite bank, is peaceful and picturesque, and offers visitors peace and tranquility.
Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity

8) Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity (must see)

The Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is a Grade I listed parish church of the Church of England. It is often known simply as Holy Trinity Church or as Shakespeare's Church, due to its fame as the place of baptism and burial of William Shakespeare. More than 200,000 tourists visit the church each year.

The church has a large three manual pipe organ which dates from 1841 by the organ builder William Hill. It has undergone several restorations by Hill Norman and Beard, and Nicholson. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

The church is open to visitors for much of the year. A small contribution is requested to access the chancel and sanctuary in which Shakespeare is buried. Holy Trinity is a member of the Greater Churches Group. The Royal Shakespeare Company performed Henry VIII in the church in 2006 as part of the Complete Works Festival. It is an active parish church serving a parish of some 17,000 people.

William Shakespeare, poet and playwright, was baptised in Holy Trinity on 26 April 1564 and was buried there on 25 April 1616.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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 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
Stratford-Upon-Avon Landmarks Tour

Stratford-Upon-Avon Landmarks Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 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