Stratford-upon-Avon (IPA: /ˌstrætfɚd əpɒn ˈɛɪvən/) is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England. It lies on the River Avon some 38 kilometres (24 miles) south of Birmingham and 14 km (9 miles) south-west of the county town, Warwick, in the District of Stratford-on-Avon (which uses the term "on" to ensure people realise that it is a much wider area than just the town of Stratford-upon-Avon). In 2001, the town's population was 23,676.
The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace and deathbed of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare, receiving about three million visitors a year from all over the world.
You will also see beautiful antique buildings and cottages around Stratford-upon-Avon including Anne Hatahaways cottage (the wife of Shakespeare).
The administrative body for the town is the Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council, which is based at the Civic Hall in Rother Street (not to be confused with the Stratford-on-Avon District Council, which is based at Elizabeth House, Church Street). The Town Council is responsible for crime prevention, cemeteries, public conveniences, litter, river moorings, parks,and grants via the Town Trust, plus the selection of the town's mayor. Locally, the town is known simply as Stratford, and as such can be confused with the Stratford in the London Borough of Newham.
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