The 10 Best Budget-friendly Things to do in Stratford, Canada

May 22, 2022 Franklyn Hardiman

Named for Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford has grown to become Canada’s premier arts town. In addition to the annual Stratford Festival, performing from April through October, Stratford is always filled with theater, music and visual arts. The preserved 19th-century architecture and acres of parks and gardens (along its own Avon River, no less) are certain to charm. Stratford has also gained a reputation for culinary creativity, showcased at some of the finest restaurants in the country.
Restaurants in Stratford

1. Escape From Reality

368 Huron St Across from Madeline's Diner, Stratford, Ontario N5A 5T5 Canada +1 519-949-7233 http://www.escapefromreality.ca
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
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Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 21 reviews

Escape From Reality

2. Rheo Thompson Candies

55 Albert St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3K2 Canada +1 888-271-6910 [email protected] http://www.rheothompson.com
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 189 reviews

Rheo Thompson Candies

Welcome to the realm where we make but one thing well, CANDY. Our goal is to make the finest of products using ingredients of the freshest and highest quality. We bring to you an incredible variety of hand made chocolates, hard candies, specialty nuts, nutty pop, and much, much more. Our chocolates are hand packaged in exquisite gift boxes and beautifully gift wrapped for any occasion. (And if we don't have the wrapping you want, just ask us, and we'll do our best to meet your request.)

Reviewed By nicoya-shae

Delicious chocolate. So many options. Will definitely find something to enjoy. Spacious store, immpecibly laid out. Very helpful sales associates.

3. Chocolate Barr's

55 George St W, Stratford, Ontario N5A 1A6 Canada +1 519-272-2828 http://chocolatebarrs.com
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
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2%
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5.0 based on 111 reviews

Chocolate Barr's

Reviewed By TrailBlazer819227 - Stratford, Canada

This quaint shop smells chocolate just outside the door. A welcoming experience. The salted caramel chocolate is a definite must!!!

4. Junction 56 Distillery

45 Cambria St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 1G8 Canada +1 519-305-5535 [email protected] http://junction56.ca
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
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5.0 based on 73 reviews

Junction 56 Distillery

Junction 56 is a craft distillery located in Stratford, Ontario. We hand craft spirits using locally sourced grains to produce delicious and innovative products. We make Gin, Vodka, Moonshine and Liqueurs as well as Canadian Whisky. Come by our retail store to learn more and product sampling, or stop in for a tour of the distillery during our regular tour times. Looking for a private tour or event, contact us to set up a time.

Reviewed By 530sandyv - Ontario, Canada

Great refreshing after dinner drink My wife and I purchased for Christmas gifts and also for our own pleasure We would recommend that if you are in Stratford this is a must visit they have a great selection of flavoured gins,vodkas and whiskey.

5. Stratford City Hall

1 Wellington Street N5a 6w1, Stratford, Ontario Canada +1 519-271-0250 http://www.stratfordcanada.ca/en/insidecityhall.asp
Excellent
46%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Stratford City Hall

6. The Stratford Perth Museum

Line 34, Stratford, Ontario N5A 6S6 Canada +1 519-393-5311 [email protected] http://www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
Excellent
52%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

The Stratford Perth Museum

A curated collection of over 20,000 artifacts celebrating the rich history of Perth County, located 7 acres of scenic rural property just West of Stratford, Ontario. Public and group tours available; ideal for school programming. Current displays include exhibits about the Stratford Festival, the history of rail in Perth County, the Perth Regiment exhibit, our Road to Woodstock/Richard Manuel exhibit and our incredibly popular Justin Bieber exhibit, Steps to Stardom.

Reviewed By jgfairman - Cleveland, United States

What a wonderful museum! Enjoy a visit to early Stratford, with exhibits about the town history, the Normal School, the steam locomotive works, Stratford in the wars, and Justin Bieber. Easy to read signage and wonderful displays. in 2018 the museum also featured a display centered around Harper Lee's book "To Kill A Mockingbird" which is one of the productions at this year's Shakespeare Festival. What a fun way to take a break from watching theater.

7. Black Swan Brewing

144 Downie St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 1X1 Canada +1 519-814-7926 http://www.blackswanbrewing.ca
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
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4%
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Black Swan Brewing

Reviewed By 75kevinw

We had a flight of beer and were able to try everything on tap. The porter was good (I'm not a fan of dark beer, but my girlfriend said it was good), the English pale ale was very good (crisp and refreshing), the IPA was very good (my girlfriend said that she finally found an IPA she could drink, I loved it), the Road Trip was also very good. We also tried the Wild Child. Note, that this is not a beer for everyone, but I LOVED it. It has such an original taste. So tart and delicious. I would love for this beer to be in the LCBO. I highly recommend a stop!

8. Upper Queen's Park

55 Queen St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 4M9 Canada
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
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4%
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Upper Queen's Park

Reviewed By M6460WMwilliamr - Stratford, Canada

Attractive well maintained park, the eastern part has a nice pond and waterfall too. It's great for walks or to sit. Playground for kids on the West side of the park.

9. Shakespearean Gardens

5 Huron St, Stratford, ON, Stratford, Ontario Canada +1 519-271-5140 http://www.visitstratford.ca/parks-and-gardens
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Shakespearean Gardens

Reviewed By vdesigndetroit - Detroit, United States

In the heart of Stratford, is this green space. A beautiful relaxing walk along the river amongst trees and flowers. The only negative, is the amount of garbage along the shore and by the park benches. I really don’t understand why anyone would throw their trash into this area. There were tires in the river and I have no idea how they would even get there. Other than that, it is a beautiful place to spend an hour or so.

54 Romeo St S N5A 4S9, Stratford, Ontario N5A 4S9 Canada +1 519-271-5271 [email protected] http://www.gallerystratford.on.ca/
Excellent
42%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
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4.0 based on 43 reviews

Gallery Stratford

Reviewed By Torontovilla

This small gallery showcases thought provoking art in a range of mediums. They have outdoor music experiences on the lawn and you can often see classes underway when you drive by. Lovely location at the edge of a park.

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