Explore behind the scenes on a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon Avon, the home of the famous playwright. Learn about the history and inner workings of the theater on a trip though areas generally inaccessible to the public.
The Arden Hotel
This boutique hotel set in a 17th-century red brick manor has a convenient central location opposite the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and overlooking the picturesque River Avon. Inside, it combines period detail with contemporary decor and has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
The hotel’s 45 rooms are individually styled with classic furnishings combined with modern artwork and bold fabrics. Views overlook either the hotel grounds, the River Avon or the RSC.
The award-winning Waterside Brasserie serves a menu revolving around seasonal ingredients from local artisan providers while the intimate Lounge is ideal for afternoon tea. Connections to the RSC abound and the sophisticated Club Bar is decorated with portraits of famous performers. All dining venues can open onto the outdoor terrace which overlooks the river.
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Rooms are classically elegant and furnished, with a combination of antique furniture and contemporary elements with bold fabrics, modern artwork and marble bathrooms. All but the classic rooms have over-sized beds, and deluxe rooms and above feature walk-in showers and roll top bathtubs. All rooms include a full range of modern amenities including a personal drinks fridge, flat screen TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi.
The Arden has a central location perfect for visiting the RSC opposite or enjoying a relaxing walk along the River Avon. The main shopping area, as well as many of Stratford’s historic Shakespearean sites are just a ten minute walk away. The picturesque rural villages of the Cotswolds are within easy driving distance and Oxford is just over an hour away by car.
Food and drink
The hotel has a choice of dining venues including its award-winning Waterside Brasserie with an exclusive Champagne Bar and outdoor terrace. The menu focuses on seasonal ingredients sourced from local providers. Afternoon tea is offered in The Lounge. Alternatively, the Club Bar is designed to resemble a typical gentleman’s club and is decorated with portraits and sketches of famous actors in classic performances at the RSC.
Although in places the rooms have a slightly corporate feel, the communal areas are elegant and stylish and the views from the outdoor terrace make this one of our preferred options in Stratford.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the company of an expert guide who will walk you through the streets of William Shakespeare's hometown, taking you to his birthplace, school and burial place as the Bard's story unfolds.