Stratford-upon-Avon is a charming historic town, full of pretty black-and-white half-timbered buildings. The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal ends at the town’s Bancroft Basin, where it connects to the River Avon.
The basin is always busy with narrowboats, and is surrounded by a picturesque park alive with vividly-coloured flowers. A statue of William Shakespeare, the town’s most famous resident, sits on top of a tall stone column, surrounded by statues of some of his greatest characters. The waterside areas are bustling with tourists, walkers and people feeding the ducks.
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre sits on the riverbank next to the Bancroft Gardens, and plays host to some of the world’s greatest stage actors. Across the river from the canal basin is the Butterfly Farm, where you can step into a lush tropical world and meet an array of exotic insects.