upon Avon and Warwick Castle
is the second most visited city in England by Americans. It is the birthplace of Shakespeare and a great draw for readers, writers and
those who enjoy theater. A full day is needed to take in the sights, but
3 nights is best if you are using this is a base to also visit Warwick
Castle. Be warned that Stratford is overrun by tourists in high season
(summer). The theater season is from April through January.
Stratford is 3 hours from London via train or 3.5 by bus or car.
Friday Buses- In warm months there is an open top double-decker bus that
makes a loop to the Shakespeare sights in town. Stay on for the 1 hour
trip, or hop on and off to visit each site.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace- Early 16th Century home where Shakespeare was
born is now set up to look as it would have when he was born in 1564. Also
included is a visitor center and garden.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage- Thatched wattle and daub cottage was the home
of Shakespeare’s wife and is the most photographed Trust property (upper
interior includes original furnishings and a peak into farm living in the 16th
Nash House- Thomas Nash was Shakespeare’s granddaughter’s husband.
The home has period furnishings and entrance to New Place, the place where
William last lived. The house has since been torn down and an Elizabethan
garden is in its spot.
Mary Arden’s House- The girlhood farm home of Shakespeare’s mother.
Hall’s Croft- Dr. John Hall was Shakespeare’s son-in-law. Tour
the home and things relating to medical practice of the time.
Holy Trinity Church- The resting place for Shakespeare and many of his
Shakespeare Theatre- Five different Shakespearean
plays run for about 2 months each year from November until September.
Advance tickets are strongly recommended.
Swan Theatre- Elizabethan theater with seats on 3 sides of the stage.
is the best medieval castle in England! The original
fortification dates to 914, and it was later added on to in 1068 by William the
Conqueror. Today the 17th - 18th century mansion is surrounded by 14th
century fortifications. The property belongs to the Tussaud Group, and
many of the great halls, apartments, towers and dungeons are open to tour and
include collections of furnishings, paintings, armory and of course, wax
figures. This is well worth at least 3 hours, and is a great treat for kids
as well as adults. The grounds alone are worth an hour. Or you could
make arrangements to hold a royal banquet here...
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