This canal basin at the southern end of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal is surrounded by picturesque gardens. It lies in the heart of historic Stratford, home to nearly all things Shakespearian.
See where the famous bard lived, or where he now resides in Holy Trinity Church - or perhaps take in a performance of one of his works at the Royal Shakespeare Company's world-renowned waterside theatre. Stratford itself can lay claim to be one of Britain's first 'new' towns, but it's no Milton Keynes. In fact, it was laid out on a medieval grid street plan in 1196, and this charming historic town is a major international tourist destination featuring many ancient black-and-white timber-framed buildings as well as a wealth of local restaurants, pubs, gift shops and other leisure facilities.
Stratford-upon-Avon also makes an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds and the Malverns, or to visit Blenheim Palace or Warwick Castle.