Climb the narrow stairway in Shakespeare’s boyhood home and peer out of the ancient, leaded windows at the bustling town beneath. Follow the butterfly trail amid the colourful gardens around Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Or play Romeo or Juliet on a rowing boat trip along the River Avon. The stage is set for a captivating escape.
Step back in time in Shakespeare’s home town – “such stuff as dreams are made on”.
Things to do
Shakespeare’s wattle and daub, Henley Street home is a point of pilgrimage for many who visit Stratford-upon-Avon. But the town is sprinkled with noteworthy sights. Pay a visit to the beautifully preserved Nash’s House, Tudor home of Shakespeare’s granddaughter. Here you’ll discover fascinating archaeological relics from New Place, next door. The foundations are all that’s left of where the Bard is thought to have written The Tempest, and where he died in 1616
History comes to life in Stratford. Children will love a visit to Mary Arden’s Farm. The home of Shakespeare’s mother, this is a hands-on, historical experience where you can try out basket weaving, watch the farmer’s wife in the kitchen and learn a Tudor game or two. A little further afield is Warwick Castle where families can climb towers and delve into dungeons, and cheer on knights in a thrilling jousting tournament.
Farce, tragedy, epic historical plays – watch, rapt, as players tread the boards at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Its tower has far-reaching views of Stratford and there are plenty of exhibitions to explore. But for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes view, book a private visit. On sunny days enjoy an open-air tour, or, if you’re brave, tiptoe around the theatre after dark and learn about the resident ghosts.
Pay homage to Stratford’s poet and playwright at the riverside Holy Trinity Church. Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway are buried here beneath beautiful stained glass windows.
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