The Town Centre
Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon. A town synonymous with William Shakespeare.
However, it is much more than that, a market town with more than 800 years of history containing not only many buildings that survive to day and would have been familiar to Shakespeare, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure and shopping experiences.
There are many things to explore in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is why visitors flock back every year to discover more.
Town Centre Map
Town Centre Main Streets
Henley Street is not only the home of the Shakespeare Birthplace, but also to a wide array of shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Bridge Street is the main street at the top of which is a white building housing Barclays Bank. Marks and Spencer, formerly a hotel, has a fabulous frontage. The store has recently undergone a major refit making it one of the most up-to-date stores in the country...
Stratford is a town bursting with many independent shops stacked with unique products sold by shop keepers who have a real stake in the community. George Pragnell is the oldest and most prestigious independent shop in the town centre...
The black and white tudor style frontages in this street and the old shop signs give visitors a feel of what the town might have looked like in Shakespeare's time. Rohde Shoes is a High Street shop that has ensured their presence remains...
With The Town Hall at the top of Sheep Street, this road takes you down to the Waterside past an array of independent shops and restaurants. Towards the bottom of Sheep Street is the famous Teddy Bear shop, Curtis Brae...
In the heart of Stratford near Henley Street, Meer Street boasts some quality designer shops. New to this street is Treacle, which specialise in old-fashioned quality toys...
Stratford’s existence as a market town has prevailed since King Richard granted a charter in 1196
Stratford Canal Basin is a bustling environment centrally located between the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre and main shopping areas. You will find some unique and interesting boat based businesses permanently moored there. There are a good variety of food and refreshment options available, sightseeing boat tours or even dining on board a restaurant cruiser. Stratford Canal Basin is surrounded by beautiful riverside gardens, which are public open spaces to relax and enjoy. These areas are a magnet for locals and visitors and a 'must see' during any visit.