Getting to Stratford upon Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is a picturesque town situated in the heart of rural Warwickshire, in Central England. Due to its central location, it is easily accessible by road, rail, and air. Depending on your location, take a look at which option is suitable for you.

Travelling within the UK

By Car

Stratford-upon-Avon is well-connected to Britain’s motorway network with direct routes from the M1, M5, M6, M40, M42, and M69.

From the North
Via the M1: take the M69 exit at Junction 21 towards Coventry, and then continue onto the A46 in the direction of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Via the M40: exit at Junction 15 and follow the A46/A439 to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Via the M5/M6: follow the M42 and see the information below.

Via the M42 (from Solihull/Birmingham): after merging with the M40, exit at Junction 16 and take the A3400 direct to Stratford-upon-Avon.

From the South
Via the M40: exit at Junction 15 and follow the A46/A439 to Stratford-upon-Avon.

From Oxford: Follow the A4144/A44/A4300 direct to Stratford-upon-Avon.

From the West and South West
Exit at Junction 9 on the M5 and take the A46 from Evesham.

By Train

Stratford-upon-Avon is also easily accessible from Britain’s rail network, with its own rail station only a 10 minute walk away from the town centre.
From Birmingham: London Midland Trains run a service every half-hour.
From London: Chiltern Railways run a service every two hours.

For more information consult: www.nationalrail.co.uk, www.londonmidland.co.uk, or www.chilternrailways.co.uk

Or alternatively, call: National Rail on 08457 48 49 50 (24 hours); London Midland on 0844 811 0133; and Chiltern Railways on 08456 005 165 (7.00-20.00).

By Bus

National Express runs several bus services to Stratford-upon-Avon from all over the country. Visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 08705 80 8080 for more details.

Stagecoach Warwickshire provide the local bus service in and around Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire.
One of the best ways to see everything Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer is to take a CitySightSeeing Open Air Bus Tour. On a sunny day in the open air a bus tour will allow you to see Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Mary Arden’s House, Nash’s House and Hall’s Croft, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and The Holy Trinity Church.

For more general information on travelling, roads, parking, and Stratford-upon-Avon’s various attractions please visit Stratford District Council

Travelling from Abroad

By Air

Birmingham International Airport and Coventry Airport are the closest for those tourists visiting Stratford-upon-Avon by air.
Birmingham is at the heart of England’s motorway network, next to Junction 6 on the M42. Coventry is also within close proximity of the A46.
Numerous budget, charter and scheduled flights both from the UK and abroad operate from Birmingham International Airport.

See www.bhx.co.uk or call +44 (0)121 767 5511 for further information.

All the details for Coventry Airport can be viewed at www.coventryairport.co.uk

Stratford-upon-Avon is also reachable from East Midlands Airport in Nottingham and London Heathrow and London Luton Airports. See www.eastmidlandsairport.com, www.heathrowairport.com, and www.london-luton.co.uk for more details.

By Ferry

Ferry travel to the UK from overseas is a popular, cost-efficient way of getting to Britain with a car or caravan. The quickest and cheapest routes are from the cross-channel ports on the north coast of France (Calais, Boulogne, Dieppe and Dunkirk) to Dover and Folkestone. However, it’s worth checking which UK ports are closest to where you’re coming from.

If you’re coming from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Island, the closest port to Stratford-upon-Avon would be Liverpool.
Similarly,if you’re visiting from Denmark (Esbjerg) and Holland (Hook of Holland) the boat stops at Harwich in Essex. Furthermore, ferries from Belgium (Ostend) dock at Ramsgate and vessels from Brittany, Normandy and Spain sail to Portsmouth, Poole, Weymouth and Plymouth.

Ferries and fares do vary according to the season and time and type of crossing so it’s worth keeping up-to-date on the routes at www.discoverferries.com

By Eurostar

The Eurostar is a foot-passenger underseas train, connecting Brussels, Lille, Calais and Paris with London St Pancras International Station. This service operates every day of the week. Typically, the service from Paris to London is available from 6:45 to 21:15 and the journey lasts around 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Further information is available at www.eurostar.com

From London St Pancras, there is a connecting train to London Marylebone Station. From there, you can travel to Stratford-upon-Avon with Chiltern Railways.

By Eurotunnel

The Eurotunnel is an underseas train that transports passengers and their vehicles between Calais and Folkestone. Trains run 24 hours a day. There are 2 trains an hour between 06:00-00:00, and around 1 train an hour from 00:00-06:00.

For information regarding train times and ticket-booking, visit www.eurotunnel.com

From Folkestone, there is easy access to Stratford-upon-Avon via the M25 and M40.