Stratford-upon-Avon, most famously known as being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, is a medieval market town and civil parish in Warwickshire. Stratford-upon-Avon was originally populated by Anglo-Saxons. It remained a village until 1196, when the lord of the manor, John of Coutances declared his plans to develop it into a town.
During the same year, King Richard I granted a charter that announced a weekly market must be held in the town. This declaration gave Stratford-upon-Avon its status as a market town and provided an increase in trade, setting the town up for urban expansion.
As well as being the birthplace of Shakespeare and the place of his grave in the Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon is known for its Tudor architecture. The buildings look almost exactly as they would have done in Shakespeare’s day. It is a town with plenty of boutique shops, tucked-away tearooms, and other attractions. You can walk through the butterfly farm, have afternoon tea in Anne Hathaway’s cottage or discover the hidden secrets down magic alley! With over 2.5 million visitors annually, it’s easy to see why this town draws in such a big crowd.