The Royal Shakespeare Theater at Stratford-upon-Avon

The White Swan Hotel, Henley-in-Arden, is ideally situated in the heart of England for visiting the many attractions or doing business in the region and is very close to Stratford-upon-Avon – the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Henley-in-Arden’s chief feature is our high street. One of the best known in England, its rich diversity of architecture – red brick, black and white half timber and plaster – blends together as one single building.

The heart of Shakespeare country

Venture just a few miles down the road, through beautiful Warwickshire countryside, and you are in Stratford-upon-Avon. Birthplace of Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, historic Stratford is the most visited tourist location outside London and somewhere you simply cannot afford to miss.

A few miles in the other direction is the County Town of Warwick with its impressive castle; the best preserved medieval castle in the country and dating back to the 11th century. Period displays and events take place throughout the year providing thrilling entertainment for the whole family.

If it’s entertainment you’re looking for then the National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham and the Genting Arena are only a 15 minute drive away. There are International artists appearing and hundreds of events taking place throughout the year.

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Birmingham attractions

If the classics are more to your liking then in 20 minutes you can be in the heart of rejuvenated Birmingham with its world famous Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Ballet, art galleries and theatres.

Birmingham is also home to the International Conference Centre (ICC) and National Indoor Arena (NIA) which hosts International entertainment and sporting events regularly throughout the year.

For shoppers, there’s the modern, nationally recognised Bull Ring shopping centre with its iconic Selfridges building and hundreds of stores in the heart of the city.

If you’d prefer to leave the car behind and take the train, the railway station is only a short walk away and has regular services to Birmingham, local towns and all national destinations. Regular bus services also operate from Henley to all local destinations.