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Set in the heart of the beautiful county of Warwickshire, Stratford upon Avon is a thriving market town steeped in history and world renowned for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is also home to the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre; which ensures a vibrant arts and theatre scene all year round. As you amble around the streets or wander along the river, you will soon notice the friendly ambience and charm of Stratford and appreciate why it is such a desirable place to live.
The town centre has a selection of independent retailers nestled between some of the most sought after high street brands. Visitors and residents will be spoilt for choice within this cosmopolitan town. There is also the Maybird shopping centre close to town.
As well as the 5 theatres, Stratford upon Avon is also home to an excellent range of restaurants and bars. With a continental café culture, flavours spanning from around the globe and a range of eateries to suit any budget there’s something for everyone’s taste.
Once you’ve hit the shops and restaurants, take time to enjoy the town’s extensive leisure offerings; including health and fitness, cinema and the arts and nightlife and live music venues such as the riverside “Cox’s Yard “.
Stratford also hosts a variety of outdoor events; including many street celebrations, parades, as well as the Food and Drink festival, Classic Car festival and the famous River Festival hosted by Stratford Rowing Club - all attracting large numbers of visitors to the area. Locally, the town has many outdoor actives available such as, Stratford Athletics & Triathlon Club, Stratford Cricket Club, Stratford Tennis Club and a wealth of other sports and social clubs suitable for all ages. There is also the weekly Park Run which takes place at 9am every Saturday on the recreation ground opposite the RSC Theatre and Stratford Race Course.
Stratford upon Avon is also highly regarded as a place of learning.Three of Stratford’s schools were in the top 100 state schools in the country, KES, Stratford Grammar and Stratford Primary School, (which came 37th). Broad Street is hugely popular locally as is St Gregory’s and Shottery. There is also Stratford College which is popular with local and foreign students alike.
The town and surrounding area is well served with transport links. It is within easy reach of many of the industrial and commercial centres of the Midlands and the Cotswolds. Junction 15 of the M40 motorway lies within 6 miles at Longbridge, Warwick, enabling good communications of the Midlands conurbation, via the M42, M5, M6, as well as affording a straightforward route to London and the South. There are also direct trains to both Birmingham City centre and London Marylebone departing hourly from both Stratford Upon Avon Station and Stratford Parkway Station. Birmingham International Airport is less than 40 minutes away. In the surrounding area there are many pleasant villages to visit and historical attractions such as Warwick Castle are just a short trip away.
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