Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon

Taking a family vacation to the birthplace of Shakespeare? The historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon is the site of the famous bard’s childhood home and school, and also the Royal Shakespeare Company theaters, the Holy Trinity Church, Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and other major heritage attractions. Take a look at Oyster’s picks for the best kid-friendly hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and start planning your family trip.

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The White Swan Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

In a historic building dating back to the mid-15th century, the four-pearl White Swan Hotel is in the heart of the historic center, within walking distance to attractions. The 41 rooms are charming and classically furnished, with modern amenities, sleek bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. Character Rooms are particularly striking, with original historic features and clawfoot tubs. The on-site pub is popular among locals and guests alike for its original 16th-century frescoes and cozy atmosphere; Its menu is traditional English pub food, and an afternoon tea service and a kids’ menu are also available. 


DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The Stratford is an upscale, red-brick hotel overlooking a pleasant leafy garden located five minutes' walk from the main train station. The 102 rooms are nicely presented in natural woods with soft lighting, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV, though some are prone to internal noise -- especially when the property hosts weddings. Dining is decent with free full English breakfast and plenty of a la carte options. While there are plenty of hotels nearer the attractions, those looking for smart lodgings within strolling distance of the main tourist sights will find plenty to like here. 


Crowne Plaza Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The 259-room Crowne Plaza is an upper-mid-range chain hotel located a short walk from most major historic attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon. Rooms are a little plain and dated but have double-glazed windows, flat-screen TVs with pay-per-view movies, and electric kettles for coffee and tea. The stylish restaurant overlooking the river serves a decent buffet for all three main meals; kids under 13 eat free. Other features include a fitness center, and a heated indoor pool with a whirlpool, but there's a fee for Wi-Fi. 


Ettington Chase Hotel

Ettington, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The 130-room Ettington Chase Hotel is a mid-range property located a short drive from the historic cities of Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. The hotel features a good restaurant, large indoor pool with a whirlpool, outdoor tennis courts, and free Wi-Fi. Renovated rooms have a contemporary brown palette with aquamarine accents, but non-renovated units are generic and bland, with dated bathrooms and small flat-screen TVs. 


Premier Inn Stratford Upon Avon Central Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

A five-minute walk from Shakespeare’s Birthplace, this mid-range Premier Inn is ideally located for visiting the historic center. Although lacking in character, the 87 rooms are spacious, with quality king-size beds, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and electric kettles. The on-site restaurant serves decent bar food with international cuisine options, as well as continental or full English breakfast for a fee. There isn’t much else on-site, but the property offers good value year-round. However, guests should note that the hotel can get very busy during school holidays. Sister property Premier Inn Stratford-upon-Avon Waterways Hotel has on-site parking but is a little farther away from the center. 


Premier Inn Stratford Upon Avon Waterways Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The 130-room Premier Inn Stratford upon Avon Waterways Hotel is a mid-range property offering good value a short walk from major historic attractions. Rooms lack character but are clean, with quality king-size beds, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and electric kettles. The sunny restaurant serves a solid but short international menu, and has a lovely deck overlooking the canal. Sister property Premier Inn Stratford-upon-Avon Central Hotel is closer to the historic center, but the Waterways has on-site parking (for a fee) and a quieter location.