heart of england
Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford is synonymous with William Shakespeare, but there's more than just the Bard. Start with your explorations with the Birthplace Museum, the house were Shakespeare was a kid, furnished with period Elizabethan furniture.
Take in a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, but kids might prefer a backstage tour. Check out the Royal Shakespeare Company site for complete details.
Teddy Bear Museum - If you have a toddler in tow, the Teddy Bear Museum has a collection of unusual teddy bears, housed in an Elizabethan setting. Don't miss the teddy bear Victorian dollhouse, the teddy bear's picnic, Winnie the Pooh, Rupert and Paddington teddy bears.
River Avon - Take the little ferry across the River Avon to the waterside park or cruise down the river on larger boats (pick up the boats near the Clopton Bridge). Or, just walk along the river, it's green and shady, and there's swans in the river.
Take a bike ride - Stratford is the perfect place to go for a family bike ride. Starting in the center of Stratford is a 5 mile bike path (called the Greenway) that goes along the Avon river and is great for kids. You can rent kids' bikes, child seats, and trailer bikes at Stratford Bike Hire.

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