Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Are you looking for alternative things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon? Our wonderful town is quite rightly synonymous with Shakespeare and our impressive Royal Shakespeare Company, however you do not need to only visit the theatre to enjoy this historical town. Take inspiration from our handy guide and discover how to enjoy Stratford-upon-Avon with or without a trip to the Royal Shakespeare theatre.

MAD Museum
Did you know there’s a quirky little museum in the heart of Stratford’s town centre? The MAD Museum is a fun place that both children and adults will love. View the displays of mechanical art and design from all over the world, including machines and devices used in films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scrapheap Challenge and Wallace and Gromit.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

This breath-taking butterfly haven is the UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise. It’s the perfect place to get up close to experience the delicate beauty of butterflies and learn all about their lifecycle. The tropical blossoms, splashing waterfalls and fish filled ponds add to the tranquil feel. Bug enthusiasts can also see centipedes, beetles, stick-insects and tarantulas.

Stratford Town Ghost Walk
Prepare for chills galore when you take this award-winning Ghost Walk. Held every Saturday from 7.30pm – 9pm, your guides are professional actors and entertainers who will take you on a magical evening walk around the ‘haunted’ Stratford-upon-Avon streets. Get ready to be told tales of ghosts, witches and murder.

The Canal Basin
Spend a relaxing afternoon on Stratford’s Canal Basin where you can enjoy the surrounding gardens and take a brisk walk in the winter sunshine – perfect for capturing beautiful photos.

Magic Alley

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Love Harry Potter, magic and wizardry? You’ll love Magic Alley. This enchanting gift shop is worth seeking out for the sheer volume of magical toys and gifts. There’s also an Enchanted Manor Museum where little ones can listen to fairy tales and discover costume exhibits and more.

After a day exploring Stratford-upon-Avon and perhaps a spot of shopping, join us here at Arden House for an Afternoon Tea. Serving an array of dainty sandwiches, cakes, scones, fancies and fine teas and, for a touch of luxury, sparkling Afternoon Teas with a glass of fizz.

We also have a variety of snacks and soft drinks available for resident guests in the Arden House pantry, and 5pm is officially gin o’clock where guests can enjoy a cool drink with our team.

We hope you have enjoyed our guide to things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon and we look forward to welcoming you to our boutique hotel too.