Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon


Shakespeare’s hometown is rightfully renowned as the birthplace of The Bard, but there’s much more to this charming Tudor market town.

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, is, of course, synonymous with William Shakespeare, but while the writer has left a considerable mark upon the town, you’ll find plenty of other attractions on offer too. This Elizabethan market town is close gorgeous rolling countryside and the beautiful river Avon run through it, as does the historic Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, making it an ideal spot for river cruises, tours and outdoor pursuits.

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A stroll through the centre takes you past a number of quaint and impressively well-preserved 16th century Tudor houses, and you can find out about Shakespeare’s life and work throughout this lovely town, from Shakespeare's birthplace to his wife Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens. You can also visit Shakespeare’s grave at the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, and the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre puts on glorious productions all year around.

But there are an eclectic range of interesting non Shakespearean attractions in and around the town too, including the unique MAD museum - the only Mechanical Art and Design Museum in the UK, where you can experience and interact with mind-boggling machines. At the other end of the scale, there’s the tranquil Butterfly Farm – a tropical paradise filled with stunning butterflies and other fascinating mini-beasts.

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