The birthplace of the world-famous playwright, William Shakespeare, is romantic to visit at any time of the year, but its cobbled streets paired with festive decorations turn it into a Tudor Christmas paradise.

Time Out Magazine has listed the town in its top 10 ‘most festive’ best place to visit at Christmas this year.

Stratford-Upon-Avon is located roughly 91 miles north-west of London, and 22 miles south-east of Birmingham, meaning it’s very accessible in the heart of England.

One festive experience to enjoy is the after-dark tour which begins in early December. It is where you can explore Shakespeare’s birthplace under the magic of candlelight.

It is a chance to see the town as it would have been in the late 16th century and enjoy a mulled cider or apple juice and mince pie after a long walk.

A festive attraction that transports visitors back to the past is the Victorian Christmas Market – it’s home to over 300 stalls where traders dress up in authentic clothing and enable you to re-live old Christmas traditions.

Visitors can buy street food, drink mulled wine, and hot chocolate, and enjoy rides such as the carousel, and meet street entertainers.

Father Christmas will also be on hand to greet families along with his reindeer.

This year, the market will open for only four days from December 7 to December 10, 2023, but it spans several streets in Stratford Upon Avon including Waterside, Bridge Street, Henley Street, High Street, and Meer Street.

It is also worth booking ahead to secure a spot at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to see a Christmas show and kick off the festive season.

Previous visitors have shared their experiences on TripAdvisor admitting seeing a magical Christmas performance is a “good way to start Christmas celebrations”.

One visitor, Bullsey, commented on his trip to the town in 2022, stating the “staff were friendly and lovely”, adding: “Stratford was very pretty with all the beautiful Christmas lights.”