The White Swan Hotel was my first choice after having done some quick research into hotels in the area that were both packed with character, as well as equipped with modern amenities. Parking was pretty difficult, but quickly forgotten once inside! Having booked a character room called Hamlet, I was excited to find the room was located in the oldest part of the Grade II listed building. After just a couple of hours, we made our way down to the hotel's restaurant for a pre-booked dinner. The setting was utterly dreamy, with dinner illuminated by candlesticks and soft lighting, and the food was delicious. Though the icing on the cake was - as I showed via Insta-Stories - how I was seated directly in front of the historic painting of Tobias and the Angel (protected behind a sheet of glass). Magical.
The White Swan Hotel
Back to the Hamlet room late in the evening and I took the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful bathroom, complete with copper-coloured roll-top bath. Though, that was only after having bumped my head a few more time coming in and out of the three door frames - historic buildings certainly weren't catering for tall people! Fast forward to midnight and I was wrapped up in my gorgeous new pyjamas - the 'Romantic Rose' print is so pretty and I love how they're themed to Valentine's Day. Oh, and did I mention they're under £30?!
Pyjamas - ASOS Valentines Pyjama Set
|New Look Weekend Appreciation Loungewear Set (ASOS)|
Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company
Next on my list of things to see during my fleeting visit, was the church in which Shakespeare was buried, Church of the Holy Trinity. Entrance is free, and then closer to the altar you're met by volunteers suggesting a small donation for the upkeep of the church, before being granted access to beyond beautiful architecture and a sense of calm. Photography is allowed throughout (including flash) and it's wonderfully quiet during the week, at least during the colder months of the year. There's also a lovely on-site shop featuring both religious and non-religious gifts.
Church of the Holy Trinity
Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel
If you have a spare moment, it's worth checking out Shakespeare's Birthplace (scroll down to last photo), though I have to warn you I found the exterior pretty underwhelming. I can't help but think the street could do with a little more to create a sense of excitement and interest - considering it's the 16th-century birthplace of Shakespeare. Nevertheless, it's still worth seeing once in your lifetime with your own eyes!