With the abundance of wonderful and exciting places to go and things to see, it’s clear for all that Stratford-upon-Avon is a fantastic town for tourists and visitors.
It’s a great place to visit even if you have additional needs; with many organisations taking care to provide assistance if you have a mobility impairment, hearing loops, alternative size documentation for easy reading and more. If you are unsure and can’t see what you want then we suggest you contact them before you visit!
So this is our list of great places to go in Stratford-upon-Avon where inclusion has been made priority. This list is compiled with the assistance of Elizabeth Dixon, wheelchair user and accessibility campaigner and expert in Stratford-upon-Avon and far beyond. Elizabeth has compiled her own guide ‘My Accessible Stratford-upon-Avon”, available at the Visitor Information Centre and at various attractions and accommodation providers in and around town as well as online to download.
PLACES TO EAT
Elizabeth loves Giggling Squid and when she told us about it, she sold it to us, for sure, so we went for dinner there as a family and the best Thai meal we’ve ever had. Read our blog about the experience here. AAn absolutely delicious meal, even the kids loved it, and they’re the picky kind usually. Giggling Squid serves simple, rustic, fresh Thai food in a lovely setting right in the centre of town. They have a great menu for kids too (#GigglingKids – love that hashtag). Bell at the front door for easy access and an accessible toilet.
This is one of Elizabeth’s favourites – it’s still on our “to go” list.
Located within the Swan’s Nest hotel on the river bank, Bistrot Pierre has a smart, yet relaxed atmosphere where customers can enjoy great food as well as the picturesque views and the lovely outdoor terrace. Easy access round tables and accessible toilet by the hotel reception.
This is one of the town’s favourites, great location, great food and great accessibility. Lovely Italian restaurant situated on the waterside in Stratford upon Avon, with an especially desirable outdoor seating area with views across the river and, to the right, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s wonderful tower. Easy access round tables, accessible toilet and baby change.
We were so delighted to hear that El Greco is on Elizabeth’s list as it is one of our favourites too. We’ve been for lunch a couple of times and food is simply magnificent, as is the service. The cuisine has an emphasis on Greek but with a touch of Italian, Spanish and English thrown in for good measure. Lots of easy access tables and accessible toilet.
It’s no secret, we love taking our kids to Pizza Hut at the Maybird Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Having just gone through an extensive refurbishment and re-decoration, the restaurant is in great shape, the food is exactly what you want from a great American style pizza restaurant and the service is outstanding.
This is another one on Elizabeth’s list that we have yet to visit.
Great location, right on the riverside at the bottom of Sheep Street, and great fish & chips. We’ll swing by soon, for sure! Ramp available for access – just ask!
PLAY AND EXPERIENCE
One of our all-time favourite places to go in Stratford-upon-Avon (and anywhere). Here you can get up close and personal with the wonderful world of beautiful butterflies and creepy crawlies. Easy access, everyone welcome, accessible toilet and baby change too.
The wonderful trio of theatres all take inclusion and accessibility very seriously. The theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon are among the top powerhouses when it comes to attracting tourists and visitors to the town, do contact them directly to enquire about accessibility, general access needs, tours, audio enhancement, access at shows and their own “Access Matters” newsletters.
Whether you live in Stratford-upon-Avon or come here as a visitor or on holiday, you really must visit all 5 houses in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Each house offers a different perspective to the life, family and times of William Shakespeare.
The 5 houses that make up the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust attractions are all accessible. On the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website there is an access guide with specific information to each house.
The brand new Everyman Cinema in Stratford-upon-Avon is a truly wonderful addition to the town. We’re huge fans and were happy to see they have lift access, accessible toilet, wheelchair spaces in all four auditoria together with hearing assist and audio description for movies.
The Picturehouse Cinema is a great cinema with super offers for members with free tickets, priority booking, exclusive previews and events and discounts of snacks and drinks. Also great for customers with limited mobility, including wheelchair users. Access upstairs is via a lift with wheelchair spaces in both cinemas and accessible toilet.
We think it’s safe to say that nobody knows as much about the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, its building and its history, as the town guides from Stratford Town Walks.
All walks are suitable for wheelchair users and people with mobility impairment. Do get in touch with them to ask about the specific walks and tours, everyone is welcome.
BEST FOR STAYS
We’re huge fans of Premier Inn hotels – we’ve stayed in 10-12 of them all over the UK, not in the two in Stratford-upon-Avon, but as they are all of the same standard, we’re happy here to talk about them as if we had. We’ve never had a bad experience in a Premier Inn hotel. Never, ever. Always great service, always clean and always offering exactly what you look for a in a hotel: a good place to sleep. They may refer to themselves as a “budget hotel” but that is only in terms of cost, because in terms of service and comfort, they are 5-star.
Elizabeth told us they are also superior in their inclusion policies with access statements provided by DisabledGo on each web page and that they have gone far to make sure anyone with additional needs is well looked after at all of their hotels, we just loved them even more.
We have two Premier Inn hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon:
Premier Inn Payton St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6UQ, UK – restaurant on site.
Premier Inn The Waterways, Birmingham Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0AW, United Kingdom – affiliated with The Red Lion across the main road.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you know of a business in Stratford-upon-Avon that offers great access and is inclusive, do get in touch with us and we will add it here.