Getting around Stratford upon Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful little town to explore through any means of transport. Why not take an open-top bus to get a complete view of what Stratford has to offer? Why not walk or cycle down the old railroad at Stratford Greenway, or even take a long cruise down the River Avon? Browse all the various ways that you can view Stratford’s attractions, and perhaps try a new way today!

CitySightseeing Open-Air Bus Tour

City Sight Seeing
First and foremost, this has to be the best way to take in all that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer, while sitting back and enjoying the sunny, fresh atmosphere of the great bard’s town. Starting in the town centre, outside the Tourist Information Centre, you will be taken to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, followed by Nash’s House & New Place, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Hall’s Croft. Then you are really allowed to enjoy the open air, as the bus meanders out of town towards Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – one of Stratford’s most popular venues. Following this, you can appreciate the natural beauty of the Warwickshire Countryside as you move to Mary Arden’s House. Other attractions on the tour include the Holy Trinity Church, and the 15th Century Grammar School which Shakespeare attended. Finally, the tour will return to the town centre again.

Tickets can be purchased for 24 or 48 hours, meaning that you can get on and off any time you want. This allows for more freedom in choosing the attractions that you want to go to. Group bookings are also available. If you wish to stay for the complete tour, it lasts for 1 hour and comes with both kids and multi-lingual commentary.

Please see the CitySightSeeing page for more details.

Parking

Stratford upon Avon Car Park
If you’re travelling to Stratford by car, there are many car parks to be found in the town centre. There are also parking options to suit your particular requirements (depending on which part of town you’re in). Bridgefoot Multi-Story, Riverside Car Park, and the Recreation Ground have the greatest capacity. Bridgefoot is free for the first hour, while Riverside and the Recreation Ground are priced at 80p for the first hour.

Then the pricing varies as follows:

Park & Ride

Park and Ride
The Stratford Park and Ride is a very suitable option for parking and getting around Stratford-upon-Avon. Some advantages of the Park and Ride include: free parking all day; buses every 10-15 minutes, which travel directly to the town centre and all the attractions; and a fully secure parking site with CCTV and supervisors working round the clock. Stratford-upon-Avon Park and Ride is situated just off Bishopton Lane near to the roundabout with the A46 (T) and the A3400 Birmingham Road. The postcode for the site is: CV37 9QY

The Park and Ride offer daily, weekly, and monthly tickets which can be purchased from the bus driver. Ticket Prices are as follows:

Quarterly and Annual tickets are also available, meaning that prices can be as low as 59p a day. A Quarterly Season Ticket costs £60 and an Annual Season Ticket costs £200.

Bus

Stagecoach and Johnson’s Coach and Bus Tours provide the local bus service throughout Stratford-upon-Avon and in the surrounding area.

Click here for Stagecoach’s bus information and timetables, and here for Johnson’s.

Cycling

Cycling is one of life’s most pleasurable activities, especially on a warm summer’s day. Discover your own Stratford-upon-Avon at your own pace, cycle leisurely from attraction to attraction – or if you’re a real enthusiast, take a trip down the Stratford Greenway – a 5-mile traffic-free cycle path, starting in Stratford-upon-Avon itself!

In the Stratford-upon-Avon District and throughout Warwickshire there are numerous cycle routes that capture both the heritage and the picturesque beauty of the South Warwickshire landscape. Many of these routes are connected with Britain’s national cycle routes, and thus offer something different to the regular or occasional cyclist. They provide the opportunity to explore the hidden depths of rural countryside and rustic villages and towns. You can of course also use these routes to stop off for a nice pub lunch, or just to take in the fresh air and fantastic views.

The National Cycle Network is a comprehensive network of safe and widely recognised routes to cycle and walk throughout Britain. Most of this network consists of traffic-free paths, such as the Stratford Greenway, and the rest usually follow quiet lanes or traffic-calmed roads.

For a map of all the cycle routes in Stratford-upon-Avon, view Stratford Cycle Map

Walking

The easiest and most relaxing way of getting around the iconic Stratford-upon-Avon is walking! There’s plenty to find in and among the beautiful riverside banks and cobbled streets. There are also walking tours of Stratford-upon-Avon which are running regularly throughout the year.

River

Stratford-upon-Avon is a river town and therefore the perfect place to enjoy a day’s boating! You can hire rowing boats, outboard motor boats, and pleasure punts and canoes to traverse the Avon at your leisure. You can even hire a waterman if you’d really like to sit back and relax!

Avon Boating is the company that provides boat hire. They also provide Public River Cruises and Private Charter Cruises on a number of traditional vessels.

For more information and to contact Avon Boating direct, go to Avon Boating.

Another way of travelling the Avon is with Bancroft Cruisers. Bancroft Cruisers is a small family-owned business situated on the River Avon at the Holiday Inn. They are the only river cruise company to offer 45 minute cruises with their own on-board crew guide. They also specialise in pre-booked trips, corporate services and school parties.

Bancroft Cruisers 45-60 minute luxury cruises operate on a ‘walk-on’ basis, but also include a broad range of group booking options, and even a cream-tea cruise on the Rita Ellen.

More details can be found here at Bancroft Cruisers.

Hot Air Ballooning

Why not sample Stratford-upon-Avon’s quaint setting at the heart of the Warwickshire countryside from the air? Balloon flights are available from April to the end of October, Monday-Friday.

Book here: UK Balloons