Shakespeare Country

Stratford-upon-Avon Travel Blog

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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!).

Shakespeare's birthplace
Unfortunately, a work was on it. It is possible to visit it to see rooms inside and the garden, for 5£. As we had plans for the afternoon, we preferred to save our money for later, even if I know I could have been interested in the rooms to see old furniture and imagine the way of living during the ancient time! 
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.

Along the canal Avon
I liked the statues: a big one of Shakespeare and smaller ones around of his famous characters Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Prince Hal and Falstaff.

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
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Shakespeares birthplace
Shakespeare's birthplace
Along the canal Avon
Along the canal Avon
Detail of the statue
Detail of the statue
Shakespeares statue
Shakespeare's statue
Shop at Shakespeares birthplace
Shop at Shakespeare's birthplace
The garden of Shakespeares birthp…
The garden of Shakespeare's birth…
Shop with stuffs about Skakespeare
Shop with stuffs about Skakespeare
Shopping street
Shopping street
Along the canal Avon
Along the canal Avon
Along the canal Avon
Along the canal Avon
Shaekespeares ghost
Shaekespeare's ghost
On our way to Anne Hathaways cott…
On our way to Anne Hathaway's cot…
On our way to Anne Hathaways cott…
On our way to Anne Hathaway's cot…
Anne Hathaways cottage
Anne Hathaway's cottage
Anne Hathaways cottage
Anne Hathaway's cottage
Anne Hathaways cottage
Anne Hathaway's cottage
On our way to Anne Hathaways cott…
On our way to Anne Hathaway's cot…
On our way to Anne Hathaways cott…
On our way to Anne Hathaway's cot…
On our way to Anne Hathaways cott…
On our way to Anne Hathaway's cot…
Town centre
Town centre
Town centre
Town centre
Market Place
Market Place
Market Place
Market Place
At the market
At the market
Market Place
Market Place
Market Place
Market Place
Market Place
Market Place
Market Place
Market Place
On our way to Anne Hathaways cott…
On our way to Anne Hathaway's cot…
Stratford-upon-Avon
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