Stratford-upon-Avon Travel Blog› entry 12 of 35 › view all entries
The small town Stratford-Upon-Avon is popular thanks to William Shakespeare, who was born there in 1564.
Shakespeare is a poet I studied at school, and such an important person in English culture. Moreover Stratford-Upon-Avon has the reputation to be a nice typical English town. That is why I decided to go there today, for the early afternoon.
We arrived at noon, in the market. It took us only took us 5 minutes to go around, nothing really special about it, just a time to take pictures of the monument there.
Then we followed the signs to Anne Hathaway's cottage. I did not really know what was there (the guide we took was really to vague), but I am curious...... It is actually the cottage (amazing, isn't it?) of William Shakespeare's wife (and not the actress ahahah!).
Whatever, it was a nice walk outside the town centre. I like the roofs of the cottages and the style, it looks so great!
We came back to the town centre to Shakespeare House. I like the ancient style of the buildings in Stratford, it gives a kind of harmony, a historic atmosphere, it is really pretty. We looked from outside the house and the garden. Like for Anne Hathaway’s cottage, we saved the price of the visit. It is7£ for an exhibition about his life and a visit of the house where he was born, with the garden. I would have liked to see rooms and furniture from his time and leave my imagination in such an historic house. But I found it a bit too expensive, as usual...
However, I hope it was not a mistake not to visit those houses and I won't have any regret later! The souvenir shops are full of stuffs with Shakespeare, it is like Ali Baba’s Cavern for those who are passionate by the poet!
We finally went to St Nicholas Park, very nice with the canal Avon and its swans.
Then, it was time to leave Stratford to go to another town, Warwick (15 minutes away), where there is a medieval castle.
My summary in figures
- Time spent there : 3 hours
- Things to do: 7/10 (lot of attractions about Shakespeare, a nice typical town)
- How I get there : by car, the park and ride costs 1.30£ per person for a return by bus