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See Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse is located just to the south of Stratford's historic centre. Famous the world over as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, it's a magnet for fans of the Bard thanks to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which hosts regular performances of the great poet's plays. Don't miss a visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace, a gorgeous 16th century town house, and to learn more about the world in which the playwright lived, head for the fascinating Tudor World museum.

Breathe in nature in Stratford

It may be buzzing with tourists thanks to its Shakespeare connection, but Stratford is also perfect for visitors who want to get away from it all and enjoy stunning nature. Head east of the historic centre to visit Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm to marvel at thousands of beautiful species in a rainforest-like greenhouse. Kids will love the exotic and colourful residents of the exciting Insect City. For a truly relaxing time, take a boat tour along the Stratford-upon-Avon canal, which cuts through the lush Forest of Arden.

A big night out in Birmingham

Stratford-upon-Avon is only 45 minutes south by car from the UK's second city. Birmingham is renowned for its nightlife. For live bands and big name DJs playing to the city's hip crowd, head to the Custard Factory in Digbeth, the city's answer to London's Shoreditch. Or for more mainstream clubs and bars, Broad Street is a magnet for students, locals and visitors alike.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Stratford-upon-Avon? Travelodge Stratford Upon Avon Hotel and Travelodge The Regent Hotel Leamington Spa Hotel are both within easy reach.