Guide to Cottage Holidays in Shakespeare's Country

Most people have heard of Shakespeare Country and for those who are not familiar with it, Shakespeare Country centres on Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire, a beautiful place for cottage holidays.    The works of Shakespeare continue to fascinate and cause debate even today. Enjoy reading through the information on Shakespeare's Country below.  Let us guide you on the sights and attractions.  Shakespeare Country is named after Shakespeare, who is one of England’s best known playwrights.  The works of Shakespeare have stood the test of time and continue to be read, hundreds of years after they were written. If you are looking for quintessentially English countryside, historical towns and pretty villages then a cottage break in Shakespeare Country is to be recommended.

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Discover Shakespeare Country on a Cottage Break

Shakespeare Country is a term used to describe the area around Stratford upon Avon where Shakespeare was born and grew up.  For some Shakespeare Country aptly describes Stratford upon Avon where the author was born.  For others, the term Shakespeare Country is used more broadly to describe Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa and a number of pretty villages within Warwickshire including Temple Grafton where Shakespeare married.  Shakespeare did also for some time live in London but retired back to Stratford upon Avon towards the end of his life. If you have a passion for Shakespeare you should enjoy a cottage stay in Shakespeare country where you can visit a number of sights which centre around the life of Shakespeare, as well as some other interesting historical sights.


Places that may be of interest to visit during a cottage holiday include: 

Stratford Upon Avon in the Heart of Shakespeare's Country

-    Stratford Upon Avon

where you will find a number of Shakespeare related attractions including the house where Shakespeare was born, Nash’s House and New Place, Mary Arden’s farm (where Shakespeare’s mother was raised) and the pretty Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

Warwick, conveniently close to Stratford upon Avon

-    Warwick and Warwick Castle

The town of Warwick is a mere 9 miles from Stratford Upon Avon and with its historic castle and medieval buildings is well worth a visit.

Royal Leamington Spa

-    Royal Leamington Spa

Just 12 miles from Stratford Upon Avon is the elegant spa town of Leamington Spa with its elegant Regency architecture, shops and restaurants.

-    Pretty villages including Kenilworth with its ruined castle, Stoneleigh, Shipston on Stour, Southam, Alcester and Henley in Arden.


Historical buildings in Stratford upon Avon


Discover the Cotswolds close to Shakespeare's Country

Shakespeare’s country is itself a beautiful part of England with a great deal to see and do.  Some people also stop by the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds whilst enjoying a cottage holiday in Shakespeare Country.  However each of these holiday destinations has so much to offer that it may be best to focus on enjoying just one area during a cottage break rather than cram in too much on a whistle stop tour.  Both Shakespeare’s Country and the Cotswolds are particularly beautiful parts of England to explore on a self catering holiday.  If you want to get a true taste of country life why not stop by one of the farmer's markets or visit a local craft fair during your stay.

If you wish to visit the Cotswolds then find:

Cottages in the Cotswolds

Whether you opt to rent a holiday lodge, a barn conversion, a rural retreat or even a large country house, we hope you have your best holiday yet discovering more about William Shakespeare and following in his footsteps ona break in Warwickshire.

Page last reviewed on 12 October 2023
by Yvonne Dean

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