Stratford upon Avon 400
Stratford-upon-Avon Town Centre
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Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town that has a civil parish in the south of Warwickshire, England. The town is a popular tourist destination because it is the birthplace of the playwright and the poet William Shakespeare. You may also see Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, which was once the home of Shakespeare’s wife’s family. Stratford normally receives around three million visitors per year and visitors came from all parts of the world. The town council regulates, and is responsible for crime prevention, public conveniences, cemeteries, river moorings, parks, litter, selection of town’s mayor and grants visa via Town Trust. The town is simply known as Stratford and is often confused with Stratford in the London Borough of Newham.

Major employers of these towns are companies like Mark and Spencer, AMEC, Tesco, Morrisons, Debenhams, B&Q and Pashley Cycles. There are three famous theaters here that are run by the famous Royal Shakespeare Company, which attract large numbers of audience and tourists. These theaters bring in huge income amount for the town.

Stratford has Anglo Saxon origin meaning the town grew up as a market town back in the medieval times. Stratford is close to Cotswold travelling around 10 miles or 16 km. Cotswold is known as the major sheep producing area or place.

Back in World War II when German invasion occurred, the town served as a temporary seat for the Parliament and the town also hosted many state servants. It has been said that in 2001, the reported population there was around 23,676.

Stratford-upon-Avon is close to UK’s second largest city, which is the Birmingham. It is accessible from junction 15 of the M40 motorway. You can also travel to Birmingham via train. The Stratford-upon-Avon railway station is known to have a good railway connection to Birmingham and train schedule normally operates until 8:30pm.

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