STRATFORD upon AVON
There’s more to Stratford than just Shakespeare! Although internationally famous and attracting some four million visitors a year through being the birthplace of William Shakespeare and home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon none-the-less retains the charm of an old market town with a regular Friday Market and Farmers Market once a month. The River Avon runs along the southern edge of the town and provides a host of recreational facilities including boating, angling and riverside walks, whilst for the sporting enthusiast there are regular race meetings at Stratford-upon-Avon National Hunt Racecourse, and sporting clubs include golf, rugby, cricket, tennis, badminton, football and rowing, plus the excellent leisure centre/swimming pool complex. There are first class shops and fine restaurants for every taste within the town centre and the recently extended Maybird Centre just to the north provides a further variety of retail outlets. There is a good choice of private and state schools within the area and the pretty villages surrounding Stratford have much to offer and are always in demand. The Cotswold Hills lie to the south and the many attractions that the Cotswolds provide are but a short drive away.
The town is well served by trunk/motorway and rail communications with regular train services to Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone (via Warwick Parkway and Leamington Spa Stations). Junction 15 of the M.40 motorway is situated within about 15 minutes drive, providing fast access to London. Birmingham International Airport, the N.E.C. and Stoneleigh Agricultural Centre (Home of the Royal Show) are within easy commuting distance, as are the towns of Warwick, Leamington Spa, Coventry and Solihull.
All in all, Stratford combines the charm of a riverside market town with the bustle of a cosmopolitan tourist centre, whilst being located amidst most glorious rolling Warwickshire Countryside.