Easter and Spring breaks

Easter and Spring Breaks in Stratford-upon-Avon at Heritage Mews 5* Gold Award self catering holiday cottage

Stratford upon Avon is perfect for a Spring break. Explore Stratford’s picturesque town centre with its fine historic buildings, beautiful riverside setting and excellent choice of restaurants, pubs, cafes and interesting independent shops. Visit Shakespeare’s Family Homes with special events and exhibitions. Discover delightful riverside walks through parks and gardens along the banks of the beautiful River Avon and enjoy a sightseeing cruise aboard an original Edwardian pleasure launch. See a performance at the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Take a trip up the Theatre Tower or a Theatre Tour. Enjoy weekend town centre markets selling a variety of interesting gifts, crafts and street food, in Rother Street on Fridays and Saturdays, a Waterside Upmarket on Sundays, and Bank Holiday Upmarkets on Easter Monday 18 April and Monday 2 May 2022 (or for Easter 2023), with stalls selling unique products, gifts and crafts plus street entertainment and food.

Heritage Mews is a luxury two bedroom holiday cottage comfortably accommodating three guests. The cottage enjoys an excellent central yet peaceful location in Stratford’s Old Town – close to the River Avon and a 5 to 10 minute stroll to the town centre, restaurants, shops and theatres. Awarded a Visit England 5 Star Gold Award for “exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service”, this beautifully appointed cottage is ideal for discerning couples and small families wanting to enjoy everything that this unique historic town has to offer.

Easter at Heritage Mews in Stratford-upon-Avon – stay for a week or short break between 9 and 21 April 2022 (or 1st to 14th April 2023) and enjoy a special Easter welcome, with spring flowers arranged throughout the cottage for your arrival and a complimentary welcome tray with Easter treats for all ages. The beautifully maintained private courtyard garden will be colourful with spring flowers, a delight to look out onto from the comfort of the sitting-dining room and perfect for relaxing or dining outdoors on warmer days.

A great central location to explore Stratford-upon-Avon

Heritage Mews is a few minutes’ walk from Holy Trinity Church, one of England’s most beautiful Parish churches situated on the banks of the River Avon and where you can visit Shakespeare’s grave. From here you can walk into town along the delightful riverside footpath or enjoy peaceful walks following Avon Valley paths through lovely Warwickshire countryside.

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the beautiful River Avon in a traditional Edwardian launch, or hire a rowing boat or motor boat to explore over 3 miles of tranquil river.

Take a City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour of the town centre and nearby villages. Enjoy great views of the town centre from Stratford’s Big Wheel.

Explore Stratford’s unique architectural heritage – walk the centuries’ old route known as The Historic Spine, from Shakespeare’s Birthplace to his grave in Holy Trinity Church.

Eat out at Stratford’s excellent choice of restaurants, pubs, traditional tea rooms and coffee shops and enjoy shopping at Stratford’s interesting independent shops as well as high street stores.

For photos and more information about Stratford-upon-Avon, nearby historic houses, beautiful gardens and Cotswold villages to explore, click Local Attractions.

Enjoy Easter and Spring Breaks at Shakespeare's Family Homes

There are many activities and interesting places to visit in Stratford town centre and nearby villages. At Shakespeare’s Birthplace see costumed actors perform excerpts from his plays. Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps at New Place, where a contemporary landscape reveals the footprint of his last home. Explore Hall’s Croft in Old Town, the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter and enjoy the spring flowers in the tranquil walled garden. Visit romantic Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Shottery and explore the beautiful gardens. Visit Mary Arden’s Farm in Wilmcote, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. Learn about Tudor rural life from costumed guides. See rare breeds, falconry displays and explore nature trails.

Many Historic Houses and Beautiful Gardens to visit near Stratford-Upon-Avon

Charlecote Park (NT), between Stratford and Warwick on the banks of the River Avon: a superb Tudor house, gardens and landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown parkland with a herd of fallow deer. The gardens in spring are colourful with bulbs, hellebores, early flowering shrubs and fruit trees. (check opening times).

Baddesley Clinton (NT), Lapworth, Warwickshire: a picturesque moated manor house and garden – see the 3 priest holes.

Packwood House (NT), Lapworth (close to Baddesley Clinton): an interesting restored Tudor house with park, lakeside walk, beautiful gardens and notable topiary. Open 7 days a week.

Painswick Rococo Gardenis one of the Cotswolds’ best kept secrets.

Coughton Court (NT), near Alcester: an imposing Tudor house set in beautiful grounds – home to the Throckmorton family. Learn about its associations with the Gunpowder plot, priest holes and take in the views from the Tudor tower. See the famous Throckmorton daffodils (over 20 varieties) in March and April and in May explore the ancient Bluebell Wood, a short walk across the fields from the house.

Hidcote Manor Garden (NT), near Chipping Campden: one of the country’s great gardens, created by Lawrence Johnston who was passionate about plants. The garden is divided into a series of ‘outdoor rooms’ each with its own character and vibrant with spring bulbs and flowers. Open 7 days a week..

Snowshill Manor (NT), near Broadway: a Cotswold manor set in hillside gardens. Home to Charles Wade’s spectacular collection of everyday and extraordinary objects, from tiny toys to suits of Samurai armour. Open 7 days a week.

Upton House and Gardens (NT), near Banbury, Warwickshire: see how in 1927 Lord and Lady Bearstead viewed Upton House ‘with the eye of imagination’ and soon set about creating their made to measure country home. Interesting terraced garden – open 7 days a week.

Farnborough Hall (NT),near Banbury, Warwickshire: honey-coloured stone house with exquisite plasterwork, library treasures collected during the Grand tour. Fine landscaped gardens with panoramic views. A family home largely unaltered since the 18th century.

Chastleton House and Garden (NT), near Moreton-in-Marsh, is a rare gem of a 17th century Jacobean country house, built by a prosperous wool merchant. Owned by the same family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years.

Bourton House Garden, Bourton on the Hill, near Moreton in March: an award-winning 3 acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House. Open from April 1st 2022.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Mickleton (near Hidcote): spectacular setting on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment. Beautiful herbaceous borders, terraces and water garden. Open 3 days a week in April, Monday, Wednesday, Sunday 2pm to 5pm; and 5 days a week from May , Sunday to Thursday 10am to 6pm (tbc for 2022).

Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh: enjoy wonderful displays of spring bulbs and a variety of colourful trees, including magnolias and flowering cherries. Arboretum and garden centre open daily..Sezincote, near Moreton-in-Marsh, is a unique stately home built in the style of a Mughal Indian palace, set in large grounds including a formal canal garden beside the house and an informal stream garden.

Compton Verney Art Gallery: explore the beautiful ‘Capability Brown’ parkland and see the special exhibitions.

Warwick Castle is 9 miles from Heritage Mews. Discover over 1100 years of history at this magnificent castle. Open daily with shows including the Warwick Bowman. Falconer’s Quest birds of prey displays.

Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage) is 14 miles from Heritage Mews.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, near Oxford (under one hour’s drive).