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Last updated: 07 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

There’s something delightfully surprising about the Stratford Townhouse; behind the pristine white interior lies an elegant boutique hotel, with twelve bedrooms richly furnished with lush velvet drapes, claw-footed baths and statement wallpapers that create a chic, boudoir feel.    

Steeped in history – the house dates back 400 years and is located opposite William Shakespeare’s former school – it still has a very contemporary feel. The dining room is one of the best places to eat in town, with a no-fuss menu of bistro classics, and the cute bar – complete with leather-topped stools. 

It’s located in the heart of the town – walking distance to the major attractions – making it a great base if you’re coming for sightseeing. 

Surrounding area

Step out of the Townhouse’s front door and you are instantly plunged into one of England’s most traditional towns. Church Street is in the heart of Stratford and always throngs with tourists – it’s a bustling, lively street.  

Just across the road lie 16th-century timbered almhouses, and further along is the medieval school that claims Shakespeare as one of its past pupils. 

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Warwick Castle

Warwick, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[13 miles]

History comes alive at this spectacular 11th-century castle. Fascinating, accessible and educational for kids.

Best for ages: 4+ | £16

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

View of the New Place in Stratford upon Avon where William Shakespeare lived. Tall brick building with a small garden on around the front entrance

Nash’s House & New Place

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.1 miles]

New Place, the home Shakespeare retired to, no longer stands, but a traditional knot garden has been created in the space where the kitchen garden would have been. Adjoining Nash’s House has a permanent exhibition on New Place.

Best for ages: 18+ | £10

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View showing the outside of Hall's Croft in Stratford upon Avon where daughter of William Shakespeare lived. Where plants are seen stemmed and structured on the outside of the house

Hall’s Croft

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

The elegant Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s’ daughter, Susanna Hall and her husband. The house has an impressive collection of 17th- and 18th-century art, with a delightful garden.

Best for ages: 18+ | £13

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exterior view from the street. people sitting outside

The Dirty Duck

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

Just 100 yards from the theatre, the Dirty Duck has been a pub since the 1700s. Popular with cast members from the Royal Shakespeare Company, it’s the place to go for a pre- or post-performance drink.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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A photo of the portrait of William Shakespeare with three small gremlins doodling on Shakespeare's portrait. Titled Gremlins Vandalise Shakespeare, on 2nd March 2017.

MAD Museum

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 miles]

The UK’s only permanent museum dedicated to mechanical art, the halls are filled with complex moving installations, kinetic sculpture and contraptions straight out of Wallace & Gromit.

Best for ages: 13+ | £8

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