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Sunday, 5 February 2017

24 Hours In Stratford-upon-Avon

Old fashioned black telephoneIf you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I ended last month with a visit to the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Although it's one of England's most popular areas for tourism, I'd never visited before, and so to spend some time soaking up the atmosphere and checking out some of the most popular sites was a brilliant way to see through the end of January (my least favourite month).  I'm an advocate of going off the beaten track, though where the quaint town of Stratford-upon-Avon is concerned, I'd suggest the popular sites are popular for a reason...
Stratford-upon-Avon The White Swan Hotel

Character Room at The White Swan Hotel
Modern cage sphere lightingThe 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.

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White Swan Hotel Hamlet Character RoomBack 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?!

      
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Character Room Bathroom Details After a late night, I woke up to find myself surprisingly awake.  Which is lucky considering the night before I'd ordered a pretty generous breakfast up to the room, consisting of tasty pastries, fruit and a cooked English breakfast.  It was enjoyed from the comfort of the room's leather sofa and accompanied with a view of the street below - very entertaining!  
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Quirky art sculptures in medieval town hotelAfter checkout at 11am, I had a few places I'd jotted down to see in Stratford-upon-Avon.  First and foremost was the view of the medieval town from the Shakespeare Theatre Company Tower.  It was just as impressive as I'd hoped, and even better thanks to a guide's one-on-one explanation of surrounding points of interest.  It's also beautifully bright in comparison to the dark lighting found in most other places in the town during winter. 

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Landscape view of Stratford-upon-AvonNext 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.  

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Before heading off, we explored as much of the town as possible - as I mentioned before, making sure to keep to the more popular areas appealing to tourism.  I feel as though Stratford-upon-Avon is a town that wears its heart on its sleeve and both reveals and advertises its most attractive points.  Speaking of which, while admiring the well-photographed building below, I stumbled across the Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel.  The interior was filled with comfortable sofas and wooden beams, surprisingly modern washrooms and delicious cake.  Carrot cake was my dessert of choice, with a view of passers-by from the old windows.  So cosy.

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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!
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Every part of the trip was just as I'd imagined: comfortable, interesting and completely laid-back.  I'd suggest a couple of days is all you'd need to see the most popular points of interests and soak up the atmosphere, though perhaps longer if you book ahead to enjoy a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Have you visited Stratford-upon-Avon before and if so, what did you enjoy most?!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Wow that place looks amazing! I've never visited Stratford- upon Avon - need to now x

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  2. My family used to live in Shottery so I know the town very well, and I'm glad you had such a lovely time. Your room looks so quaint, it definitely has the wow factor

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  3. Stratford-upon-Avon looks like such a beautiful town, especially if you're a Shakespeare fan. But even if you're not it would be such a nice place to visit for a weekend. I'd really like to see more of the English countryside one day because I know it's full of so many lovely places like this. Also those ASOS pyjamas are so pretty!

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  4. What an amazingly well-planned trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. I love the Hamlet Room, and your pjs are beautiful - so fitting for that charming hotel. I loved seeing all of your visits: to the church and Shakespeare's birthplace. Even if the street of that latter stop was a little lackluster, I love the shot you got of the building.
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  5. What a nice stay and I definitely love the place!

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  6. Incredible!! This is the kind of trip I would thoroughly enjoy! That hotel room is beautiful. The copper tub <3 & Seeing Shakespeare's birthplace would be unreal!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  7. What a wonderful way to end the month! Your photos are dreamy, and I now need to visit Stratford-upon-Avon immediately. I also need to add those pajamas to my own collection!

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  8. What a fabulous evening away Gabrielle! I literally love everything about your trip - the character of the White Swan hotel is just utterly charming and I love that roll top bath! Stratford upon Avon looks like a really pretty town and you have some gorgeous photos to boot xx

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  9. This is on my to visit list now - it looks beautiful! I love that tub too, I'd love to soak in one of those some day! I love your scarf - doubles nicely as a fashionable blanket!


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  10. I have never visited this place but it looks magnificent! Perfect for weekend getaway :)

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  11. What an amazing and well planned trip! I always love looking at your travel diaries as they have so much detail and your photos capture small details that I just love. Glad you had a great day xx

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  12. I havent, but I am an admire of Shakespeare, so I really want to go someday. When the kids are old enough to aüpreciate the tour, that is. Or stay at home.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  13. That bathtub :O

    I love stratford upon avon - we used to go every year :D


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  14. This stay looks absolutely magical! I love visiting spots that are big on tourists - sometimes they're really worth it. Your PJ set is just darling!

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  15. Oh this is a lovely post Gabrielle! I love Stratford, it's a beautiful place, and the architecture is lovely in the area too. I love the fact the room's name was Hamlet as well, what a great nod to Shakespeare. Love all of the lovely shots of the hotel you got, and your outfits too. A lovely day, in a lovely place! - Tasha

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  16. Looks like a wonderful place, dear! xoxo

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  17. Your pictures are all so gorgeous x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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  18. What a lovely post!! Stratford-upon-Avon looks so nice and charming, with many interesting things to see. Would love to visit it :)

    Andrea.

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  19. Wow, these photos are so beautiful, dear! You had such a nice time :)
    Happy new week!
    xx Elisa
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  20. Everything looks so stunning! I love your clothes! I used to live near Stratford and loved visiting there, such a picturesque place xxx

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  21. What a great sounding trip! The last time I visited was more than ten years ago and this post has definitely made me want to go back!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  22. Wonderful photography Gabrielle! I felt as if I was there each moment with you! Who is taking these wonderful pictures of yours? I agree with you, the birthplace of Shakespeare does need a bit more love.

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    1. Hey babe! I take all of my own photos (besides those I'm in!).

      Gabrielle x

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  23. i've never heard of this but your photos make it look so lovely!

    danielle | avec danielle

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  24. Beautiful photos! It looks like you had a lovely time and your pjs are so cute! :) xx

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  25. Such gorgeous photos Gabrielle! Looks like you had a fab time! x

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  26. It looks like you had a lovley time! Loved your ig pics! And that white blouse (dress?) looks so so gorgeous! Perhaps a feature in an outfit soon *heart emoji*? Xx

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  27. Wow, that hotel room is so beautiful! I love the copper bathtub! Great photos!

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  28. The hotel looks so glamorous! I loved seeing your different insta-stories on it. I'm even impressed with the bathtub, LOL, it's seriously elegant. Thanks for sharing all your pictures! The town in general seems so quaint and charming... I'd love to visit one day!

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  29. I haven't visited Stratford upon Avon before, but after seeing your post I would definitely love to! Just added it to my bucket list. x

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  30. Amazing photos!!! I wish somedays ill visit those places ;)

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  31. I visited Stratford-upon-Avon a few years ago while I was studying abroad and I loved how cute the town was! We actually saw David Tennant in Richard II during our weekend trip, which was really cool too!

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  32. Gorgeous photos! Looks like a wonderful place and looks like you had a fab time too!

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  33. These images are stunning!! I want to go there!!!!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  34. It looks straight out of a faery tale! The character rooms are awesome! I’ve never stayed in themed rooms before (not that I can remember anyway) & your photos are great! You’re always visiting interesting & historical places!

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  35. I like to see old churches. This is such a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing this trip. You take great photos.

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  36. I am the biggest Shakespeare nerd, I actually specialised in Shakespeare at uni, so this post made me super duper happy! The swan hotel looks amazing and is that a rose gold bath tub? Also, your floral pjs are too adorable

    Rachel xx
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  37. This hotel is so cute and I love the photos of the town :) I'd love to visit this place one time!
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  38. I am in awe with your pics...so beautiful all of them...and You look stunningly beautiful babes...xo, Neha

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  39. Stratford is such a beautiful location, there's something so British and quintessential about it! Have a great week :)

    Trishna xx

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  40. What a lovely place to visit and judging from your pictures, it looks like you time travelled back into history. I really need to visit England in the future, so many amazing places to see.

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  41. What a special getaway!! The location is so quaint. Absolutely adore the rose PJs as well babe : )

    xx, Amy
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  42. Such a fun stay- and I'm loving your floral pj's!

    -Ashley
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  43. My parents just moved to Stratford but I haven't had much of a chance to explore it yet - I'll definitely be looking back on this post for inspo! xx

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  44. Oh my goodness that copper bath tub is gorgeous and I am now planning how I can squeeze one into my tiny bathroom at home! The hotel you stayed in looks stunning as does the Church of the Holy Trinity, what an amazing place to visit :) x

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  45. Wow, this hotel looks incredible. I love those lamps. I can totally imagine having them at home.

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  46. Oh my, that bathroom is beautiful! That bath <3 <3 ! I have been to Stratford but years ago now so would love to go again as I hardly remember anything about it!
    Amy xx
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  47. What an amazing trip, you're forever adding places to my list that I don't really know much about. Also, that bath is stunning!! <3

    Elle
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  48. This city looks so lovely and adorable, I hope you enjoyed your time there! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Hello Gaby!! My goodness, what a splendid getaway. :) That hotel looks amazing! You know, I've never visited Stratford- Shame on me... hahaha....
    Gaby, I wish you a fabulous Valentine's Day ahead :-) See you next Wednesday.

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  50. I love the decor so much! Xx
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  51. Statford-upon-Avon is definitely on my places to visit in England. Having studied a few of Shakespeare's plays and being totally fascinated by his story and legend I'd love to go there and learn a bit more about him (have you read about how some people think he wasn't the writer of his plays? these rumours can make you go around like a detective looking for evidence haha) I guess during the touristic season the town must be full of people, but as you said, popular places are popular for a reason! That hotel looked beautiful, great choice :)

    Julia x
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  52. Wow Gabrielle! It really looks like you made the most of your 24 hours in Stratford-upon-Avon. The only thing I really know about the town is that William Shakespeare was born there so it was nice to learn and see more.

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  53. gorgeous location and fabulous look sweetie
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    have an happy day, kisses

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  54. Medieval indeed! The architecture is beautiful. I would have loved to be seated next to such a famous painting.
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  55. I have never visited Stratford upon Avon before. I heard of it-naturally...and judging by your post, it is certainly a great place to visit. I mean Shakespeare's grave alone makes it worth a visit - well, at least for those of us that are literature fanatics :). Speaking of which, I didn't know that the church of Holy Trinity was so beautiful. It is great that taking photographs is allowed. I know it is not always the case with churches.

    I would love to see the house of Shakespeare's birth. You're right, they should attempt to make that area a bit more historical. It would be fun!


    The White Swan looks like such a dreamy hotel. I can't believe that they actually burn candles in there. That is so lovely! Candles are used in hotel decor quite often but you don't see that many places using them to enhance the lighting. It is great that they do. I imagine that being sited next to a historical painting was a pretty nice feeling as well.

    Your flowery PJ set is so pretty. Seriously I would consider wearing it outside...it is so adorable. That room looks really cozy and that breakfast seems yummy. Great photography. You always look fabulous!

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  56. I really wanted to go there but never found the time ... even this time I went to Birmingham which is really not far away

    Great picture though :) Definitely want to visit !


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  57. It looks so posh and chic here!! And omgosh I literally need your pjs like right now. They're sooo pretty!

    Tina
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  58. It's a beautiful town that I visited years ago, full of charm. I appreciate it since I love Shakespeare's works so much :)
    What a wonderful post!

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  59. I love those pajamas! You look adorable, comfy and cozy. I need that bathtub right now :) Stratford is a beautiful place.

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  60. Gorgeous Gorgeous Hotel! Their decor is absolutely spectacular. I love the lighting. Your rose pajamas are so cute Gabrielle! I love the moments you captured. It must've been surreal to see Shakespeare's birth place. I would love to see it.
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  61. I adore Stratford-upon-Avon, it's one of my favourite places to visit in England. I tend to head there for their annual river festival, though I can imagine it's nice to visit during the quieter months too. Your photos are amazing and your room with roll top bath looks stunning.
    Hope you enjoyed Stratford as much as I do.
    Jaz xoxo
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  62. I visited this place a loooong time ago, on my first international trip when I was 16-years-old! I remember it being so cute and quaint. Seeing all the history of Shakespeare was so amazing!

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  63. Wow! Wonderful place! ! I love your pajamas!)
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  64. I love your travel posts. To visit Shakespeare's home town is on my bucket list ;)

    Jasmine x
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  65. Such a romantic place and I love those subway tiles in the bathroom!

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