Our Stratford upon Avon Guide will introduce you to the historic town that is famed throughout the world as the birth place of Shakespeare. With a rich heritage, varied culture and stunning architecture <a href="http://www.superbreak.com/stratford_upon_avon-hotels-HE8.htm">Stratford is an ideal destination for your short break</a>. From the beautiful River Avon to the superb Shakespeare buildings, stately homes and the surrounding Warwickshire countryside there is plenty to do on your break in Stratford upon Avon. Whether relaxing on a boat trip on the river, exploring the towns 15th Century streets or visiting the nearby National Trust properties Stratford and the surrounding area has something for everyone to enjoy.<br /> <br />When planning your break our Stratford upon Avon guide can provide you with an insight into all this beautiful town has to offer. Set amidst the picturesque Cotswolds there is plenty for you to explore. From the 12th Century Charlecote Park to the 1930s Upton House, Anne Hathaway&rsquos Cottage to Shakespeare&rsquos birthplace you can step back in time and immerse yourself in times gone by. With a great selection of shops in Stratford upon Avon town centre there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in the pleasures of modern life, why not stop in one of the tearooms and treat yourself to a delicious cake. If you are travelling with family head to the Stratford Butterfly Farm or the hands on Falstaff Experience, exploring the exciting world of Tudor history.<br /> <br />With a great range of restaurants, pubs and theatres there is a huge selection of evening entertainment for you to enjoy. Whether it&rsquos seeing a play at the RSC, sampling fine cuisine or simply enjoying a tranquil walk along the river you are spoilt for choice. If you need some added inspiration for your break then our Stratford upon Avon Guide is here to help.Set in the heart of England Stratford is ideally placed for visiting the Cotswolds and the surrounding Warwickshire area. It is close to excellent road links including the M40, M42 and M5 motorways and is just an hour and a half from London and Bath and only 30 minutes from Birmingham.Stratford railway station is in the heart of the town centre, just minutes from Mary Arden&rsquos farm. The station is serviced by two providers Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry trains, why not arrive in style on the Shakespeare Express.With a great network of major and minor roads Stratford is easy to travel to, no matter where you are coming from. Travelling via the M40 head onto the A46, alternatively the A3400 leads directly into Stratford-upon-Avon.With Coventry and Birmingham airport both close by Stratford is well connected for those travelling by air. Birmingham Airport has over 50 airlines and over 500 destinations available connecting Stratford to the rest of the world.Buses are run by Warwickshire County Council. There are plenty of routes to get you through the town and further afield. With the Park and Ride service providing direct access to the centre without the hassle of finding somewhere to park.The picturesque town and surrounding countryside is ideal to explore on bike. Why not hire a bike and enjoy the 5 miles of traffic free cycle path at Stratford Greenway. Bikes can be hired from the Cycle Hire Centre at the Stratford Greenway and in Stratford town centre.With a compact town centre and simple layout it&rsquos easy to get around the centre of Stratford. Plus with great public transport network and a Park and Ride scheme in operation it&rsquos easy to leave the car at home.Stratford has a number of taxi services, including a rank at the railway station. To avoid un-reliable services check with your hotel in Stratford for their preferred service or have them book you a taxi.See a production at the Royal Shakespeare TheatreVisit Shakespeare&rsquos BirthplaceEnjoy a Ghost walk through historic StratfordTake a boat out on the River AvonRelax with a drink in one of the town&rsquos charming innsSpend a day at the magnificent Warwick CastleThe 4 star Mercure Shakespeare Hotel is located in the centre of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, ideal for exploring local villages, the Cotswold's, shops and theatres of StratfordThis charity race has been going for 30 years, and it's no wonder so many people want to get involvedWith a great selection of antiques shops, curiosity shops and the favourite high street stores there is plenty of Stratford shopping to enjoy.Celebrating the life and times of the world's most famous writerThere is something to suit all tastes when eating out in Stratford, from favourite chain restaurants to Thai bistros and historic Inns.An exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humourFrom the renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Courtyard theatre to Stratford&rsquos Civic Hall and the historic Cox&rsquos Yard  there is a great choice of evening entertainment in Stratford.The biggest annual dance music festival in Europe, with thousands heading there each yearWhether you enjoy a traditional pint in the Thatch Tavern, a glass of wine in Vintners or dancing all night in Chicago&rsquos there is something for all.The perfect way to spread a little Christmas cheer during your winter breakStratford-upon-Avon Guide – A City Guide to Startford-upon-Avon – SuperbreakDiscover everything that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer with our fabulous travel guide. From attractions to shop, bars to restuarants, you can plan your perfect trip to Stratford-upon-Avon with our Superbreak city guide.