The Arden Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon
The medieval market town of Stratford-Upon-Avon is the birthplace of Shakespeare. With several historic houses related to his life and many other attractions, this place makes for a great weekend visit from London.
With over 800 years of history, there are plenty of stories to tell about Stratford-Upon-Avon. We decided to book a visit last month and made our way from London Marylebone.
Once we arrived, we checked into our hotel, dropped off our bags and had a moments peace in our room before heading out. The hotel of choice was The Arden Hotel. Located in the heart of the historic town and directly opposite the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres, how could we not want to stay at this elegant boutique hotel?
Our room was accompanied with a cozy ambience, the dim lighting and warm uplifting palettes instantly soften your mood. The only thing missing is the smell of a dumpling stew and you are at your grannies, but the difference with this place is it being a lot swankier! We saw the king-sized bed and immediately knew a nap was in order, it was 1pm on a Saturday and the journey wasn’t even that exhausting, it’s just the bed was that inviting. We held out until later that evening as there was too much exploring to be done!
The location of the hotel is perfect, everything is within walking distance, they also have private carpark if you’re not one for walking. After our day of sightseeing, we opted in for a dinner at the hotel. The No44 Brasserie offers guests a variety of dishes to enjoy amongst family and friends whilst kicking back and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere and creating a truly unique dining experience. The quality of the meat was exceptional, and flavours of each dish married together brilliantly, leaving you wanting more and more.
After a deeply restful night’s sleep, we decided to have breakfast in the comfort of our room. It was one of the best breakfasts we have ever experienced. The food was incredibly fresh, hot and delicious. The Arden is worth staying with just for this breakfast! The service was also excellent, they were very welcoming and made us feel right at home, we can’t wait to go back again soon.
Our top 4 tourist recommendations for Stratford Upon Avon
No visit to Stratford-Upon Thames really is complete without a visit to the birth house of William Shakespeare. You can step into the house where Shakespeare grew up and you can see where he worked, played, ate and slept.
New Place is the site of Shakespeare’s last home and the place where he died in 1616. This place reopened in 2016 and features a new exhibition centre with rare and important artefacts relating to Shakespeare’s life, as well as a beautiful garden with commissioned artworks.
Hall’s Croft was home to Shakespeare’s eldest daughter Susanna and her husband, physician Dr John Hall before they moved to New Place on Shakespeare’s death. The building dates back to 1613 and is an impressive piece of architecture reflecting the Hall’s comparative wealth and status.
This adorable 600-years old cottage was the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway. It’s located a bit out of the old center of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Inside, you can see many rare family items of furniture that date back to Anne’s time, including the finely carved, oak Hathaway bed. The gardens are also beautiful here and you can have a tasty English afternoon tea here as well!