Cultural Breaks

Home to probably the most famous cultural figure in the world – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s England is the ideal destination to immerse yourself in the best cultural experiences England has to offer.

Whether you want to secure the best seat in the house to enjoy a Shakespearean play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or explore local villages and countryside in the footsteps of the Bard.  But of course there is culture beyond Shakespeare: Enjoy world-class art in historic settings and find out about other Warwickshire literary greats during your cultural break. 

Shakespeare’s England offers a wealth of cultural activity and is the perfect place for culture enthusiasts to indulge themselves and explore the thriving arts scene in the region.  Explore our website to plan your perfect break in this wonderful part of England.

Our accommodation is ideally located to explore the cultural hotspots

You will find a variety of accommodation ideally located to explore the cultural hotspots in Shakespeare’s England.

Mercure Shakespeare Hotel this 4 star Stratford-Upon-Avon hotel is in the heart of Shakespeare’s England and is the perfect spot for a cultural break.

The Arden Hotel is a luxury hotel, right opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and is the perfect base for theatre goers.

Falcon Hotel located in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Perfect for exploring all the local atttractions. 

AvonLea Guest House is just 5 minutes walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a comfortable 4 star bed and breakfast.

Quilt and Croissants a warm and friendly welcome awaits you at this wonderful guest house 


You will be spoilt for choice on your cultural break

Take in a show by the internationally renowned theatre ensemble the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Pay a visit to one or both of the two world famous theatres in the heart of Stratford upon Avon.

Visit Warwickshire’s award winning art gallery Compton Verney. This fantastic art gallery offers an exciting international programme of exhibitions and events, alongside a diverse collection of art from around the world. 

A trip to Shakespeare’s England would not be complete without a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace or one of the other 4 historic houses in the area, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens,Nash’s House and New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft.

Shakespeare's England also offers a fantastic array of annual Festivals including the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival  and Warwick Folk Festival.

Stratford ArtsHouse in Stratford-upon-Avon programmes a wide range of events from classical concerts, comedy nights, literary events, family theatre and Christmas shows. Playbox Theatre in Warwick is a family focused theatre and a great place to take young ones with a taste for culture. 

Culture vultures will be spoiled for choice with the variety of things to see and do in Shakespeare's England. 



Visit our fantastic cultural attractions

Day one

In the morning visit Compton Verney -  an award winning Art Gallery set admist beautiful countryside

Compton Verney offers an exciting international programme of exhibitions and events, alongside a diverse collection of art from around the world. It offers visitors the unique opportunity to view art in the setting of a Grade I listed Georgian mansion located in 120 acres of spectacular parkland.

After a morning spent browsing the gallery space, make sure you stop for a spot of lunch at the award winning café, serving freshly prepared produce or alternatively enjoy a ready-packed picnic and eat al fresco in the beautiful gardens. Compton Verney’s official catering partner, Aubrey Allen, is an award winning local family business. Established in 1933 their commitment to quality produce has established their prestigious reputation. Today they are suppliers to many Michelin Chefs throughout the UK including Raymond Blanc and Alain Roux as well as being butcher to the Queen.

In the afternoon visit the Royal Shakespeare Company

Immerse yourself in all things Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon, home to the greatest playwright of our time, William Shakespeare is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the internationally renowned theatre company. 

The Swan Theatre is a favourite space for many actors, directors and audiences. An intimate theatre, it seats approximately 450 people on three sides of a deep thrust stage. Situated on Waterside, alongside the River Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is the main 1,040 seat thrust stage auditorium. It re-opened in November 2010 following a three-year transformation project. It is a Grade II listed building and retains many of the art deco features of the 1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.

Learn more about the history of the theatre by taking a Theatre tour. Discover the public and private areas of the theatre. Learn about the origins of the RSC and its theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon and explore a production in more depth to learn about the theatre making process. Alternatively take in one of the many ever changing exhibitions ranging from costume design to set design to family focused interactive exhibitions.

Performing various shows by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and modern playwrights throughout the year, a trip to see a show by the RSC is a must-do for all visitors to Shakespeare’s England.

Stay overnight at the Arden Hotel - conveniently located opposite to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Day two 

In the morning visit Shakespeare's Birthplace

A trip to Shakespeare’s England would not be complete without a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace or one of the other 4 historic houses in the area, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens, Nash’s House and New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft.

Become part of the Shakespeare story at Shakespeare’s Birthplace which is the perfect introduction to William Shakespeare's Works, Life and Times.  Fall in love with the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife at the most romantic Shakespeare house, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Tudor farm at Mary Arden’s Farm and explore the elegant Jacobean home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna Shakespeare and her husband Dr John Hall at Hall’s Croft. Finally conclude your journey at the site of Shakespeare's final home in Stratford-upon-Avon, Nash’s House and New Place.

A range of events and activities take place throughout the year and costumed actors interpret the spaces around them to bring the historic homes to life, creating a truly memorable must-see experience for visitors.  

In the afternoon visit Stratford ArtsHouse

Situated in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Artshouse hosts a broad spectrum of arts and community events, offeringa range of concerts, plays, comedy nights and exhibitions. Orchestra of the Swan is the resident orchestra at Stratford ArtsHouse. The Orchestra has achieved national recognition for outstanding performances combined with innovative programming and a highly accessible style of presentation with pre-concert talks, introductions from the podium and post concert 'conversation club'.