With beautifully preserved Tudor buildings, a sublime riverfront and brilliant boutiques for the browsing, Stratford would be worth a visit even if it weren’t for all the Shakespeareana. The birthplace of the bard certainly makes hay while its son shines.

Home to Britain’s most famous thespians, The Royal Shakespeare Company, this is a town where you can catch a comedy, tragedy or problem play almost every night of the week – and on many afternoons too.