Shopping and exploring in Shakespeare country, a weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon

Last weekend I went away with two of my favourite girls. We left behind our busy lives and escaped to Stratford-upon-Avon for a relaxing  weekend away.

After a really pretty train journey from London Marylebone, only taking two hours, with just enough time for  lots of catching up. We arrived in the beautiful market town. We jumped into a cab and headed to our hotel,  the Crowne Plaza, a short walk from the centre of town.

The first night we ate at The Oppo, highly recommended on Tripadvisor. It had a very cosy atmosphere and great service. I ate delicious scallops and steak and we drank a lot of Viognier.



The next morning we got up bright and early and went for a great brunch at Bensons cafe. You can buy breakfast for only £5.00, tasty scrambled eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes as well as limitless coffee. It was really popular and people were turned away. You should try and go there early if possible.




After breakfast we went exploring Stratford-Upon-Avon, you can feel how steeped it is in history. I took lots of pictures of all the beautiful Tudor buildings. There were lots of tour groups but we managed to get past them to some of the more peaceful corners of the town.


The famous Stratford-Upon-Avon Christmas shop.


The Stratford-Upon-Avon library, is housed in another what an amazing building.


Crabtree & Evelyn has a very lovely spot.

We did a spot of shopping, I particularly liked Vinegar Hill. A great range of Christmas presents, these decorations caught my eye.


Even though it was still October, they had a great Christmas range. Their displays were beautifully done. I love an advent candle, these ones were great. They also sell How to Hygge by Signe Johansen (who has a great Instagram feed).


I love candles and I was really impressed by the display of St Eval Candle company candles. I plan to order some of these soon to replenish my stocks.

dsc00464We then moved on to White Stuff, where we all bought something. I really liked the 1970s changing rooms, reminding me of Edith’s House in Crouch End with its retro interiors.

dsc00473dsc00471It was a sunny day and so we went down to the river , some lovely places to explore. It was also lovely and peaceful away from all the crowds.



Saying hello to the swans, trying to capture the perfect shot.


After sitting outside in the sunshine, we went for afternoon tea in the RSC’s rooftop restaurant, a great spot with fantastic views.


We were given extra plates of sandwiches and a goody box to take away.

Check out the amazing views.


So all in all a great location for a weekend away, easy to get to, loads of beautiful buildings and just the right size. Go!

Some helpful details for you on our weekend

The RSC –  for details of menus or to book at table visit

For information on accommodation visit the official website –

Where we stayed – Crowne Plaza hotel

Trains from London Marylebone- Chiltern Railways you could pick up a ticket costing just £7.00 and £5.50 if you book in advance.

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1 Comment

  1. Caroline {Girl about townhouse}
    November 2, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Sounds like the perfect girlie weekend away! Vinegar Hill looks like my kind of shop. Enjoying your posts and lovely photos.

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