Living in Stratford upon Avon
Known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the surrounding towns and countryside are home to the internationally renowned Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. If you have a love for performing arts, Stratford is the ideal location for you as you can experience a wide variety of productions from the great works of Shakespeare to other classic and contemporary writers in the Courtyard Theatre, the Swan and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
However that is not all. The town has a great range of fantastic shops, from antique centres, speciality cheese shops and boutiques to contemporary jewellers, popular high street stores. There's also the award winning markets with frequent antiques, craft and farmers markets taking place. Its excellent selection of shopping and superb restaurants combined with first class culture makes Stratford-upon-Avon the ideal place to live.
There is always something to do and enjoy in Stratford with unique attractions, historic buildings, stately homes, idyllic villages, health spas, golf, leisure, cycle ways, vineyards, canals, undulating countryside and winding rivers.
The birthplace of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare
Stratford upon Avon receives approximately 3 million visitors a year
Gordon Ramsey's family moved to Stratford upon Avon when he was 10 years old
Prices range from £124,000 for a one bedroom apartment to £404,000 for a four bedroom house.*
Rented properties range from £750 p/m for a two bedroom flat to £1,000 p/m for a three bedroom semi-detached house.*
There are gated apartment complexes, stylish detached houses, new build housing areas all surrounding Stratford-upon-Avon. For larger properties, these can be found in the surrounding towns and villages.
*Please note these are approximate costs to be used as a guide only, prices are dependent on location and individual properties.
Stratford is home to several institutions set up for the study of Shakespeare, including the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which holds books and documents related to the playwright, and the Shakespeare Institute. William Shakespeare is believed to have studied at King Edward VI school, an all-boy’s school. There is also an all-girls grammar school, Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls. Finally, there is a non-selective secondary school, Stratford-upon-Avon High School. There are many primary schools, including St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon Primary School , Bishopton Primary School, Willows C of E Primary School and Thomas Jolyffe Primary School both state and independent, as well as Stratford-upon-Avon College.
Coventry and Warwickshire has two main universities; Coventry University and The University of Warwickshire which compliments Birmingham’s five leading universities (Aston University, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University). These universities not only provide excellent education and career options for those moving their families to the area, but also a vast pool of graduate talent for local employers to select from.
Stratford was the gateway to the British canal network from the South West before the road and rail networks took over and its industrial past is often overlooked because of the town's association with Shakespeare.
Today, Birmingham is easily accessible from Stratford via the M40 motorway getting you there in around an hour (an hour and a half in peak times). Stratford-upon-Avon railway station has good rail links from Birmingham (Snow Hill station, Moor Street station in 50-60 minutes) and from London, with up to seven direct trains a day from London Marylebone with an estimated duration of two hours.
The Stratford Greenway is a 5 miles (8.0 km) traffic free cycle path. Starting from town, it heads along the river and racecourse towards Welford-on-Avon and Long Marston with a cycle hire and cafe available at the start of the Greenway at Seven Meadows Road.
Birmingham airport is 18 miles (29 km) to the north-west, with scheduled flights to many national and international destinations.
Lifestyle in Stratford-upon-Avon
There are plenty of things to see and do in Stratford-upon-Avon. Find out more using the lifestyle tabs below.
From the popular department stores to some of the biggest brands in high-street fashion, there's plenty of window shopping to be had in Stratford. There are independent retailers throughout the town for more unique fashions and gifts. Cafes and chocolatiers offer you a place to drop in for a coffee and something sweet on your shopping trip.
Parks & Open Spaces
Parks & Open Spaces
Stratford-upon-Avon has gardens throughout the town such as the tranquil Bancroft Gardens and Firs Garden. There is also the Recreation Ground, locally known as the 'Rec', for families and sport lovers to have a game of football and enjoy the open grass space. The Shakespeare Marathon, Stratford River Festival and Stratford Food Festival also take place at the Rec making it a key public place for entertainment and community activities.
Stratford-upon-Avon is the heart of Shakespeare Country. As the birthplace and resting place of England's most famous playwright, the market town celebrates the life and creations of William Shakespeare. On top of tours of his birthplace, his resting place and an annual festival in his honour, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre also hosts regular plays of the writers' greatest works.
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