Stratford-upon-Avon is a historic town in south Warwickshire, most famous for being the birthplace of the playwright William Shakespeare. Seeing Stratford-upon-Avon from the air, you can really get a sense of the local area and the surrounding villages, which Shakespeare would have known. Here’s a taster of the Shakespearean places you can spot on a flying lesson from our airfields near Stratford-upon-Avon.
The timber-framed building you can see on the busy street in this photo is where Shakespeare was born. Stratford has several other residences associated with Shakespeare, including Hall’s Croft, the home of the playwright’s daughter, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where Shakespeare courted his future wife. New Place, Shakespeare’s final home, no longer stands, but you might be able to spot the pretty gardens under which the foundations remain.
The church spire in the foreground of this photo is that of Holy Trinity, Shakespeare’s final resting place. The distinctive brick and glass tower a little further up the river is part of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the world-renowned venue of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
This beautiful stately home is Charlecote Park, the Jacobean country house in the grounds of which Shakespeare is said to have poached deer. There’s still a big herd of deer resident at Charlecote, and you might spot them grazing among the trees.
This is Ettington Park Hotel, where Shakespeare is said to have stayed with friends when it was a private house. The hotel, at Alderminster near Stratford-upon-Avon, is said to be one of the most haunted places in the country. Another interesting fact: it’s where our company founders got married!
If you’d like to see Stratford-upon-Avon from the air, our flying experiences depart from our local bases at Long Marston and Wellesbourne and take in all these Shakespearean sights and more. Book your flying lesson in Stratford-upon-Avon and you can spend the rest of your day exploring the local area and dining at one of Stratford’s many great restaurants. It’s a great day out for all the family, and you can even bring them along to watch you fly!