Stratford-upon-Avon is a medieval market town in the West Midlands of England; it’s most well-known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The town is filled with history and tales of the bard, as well as a host of other activities to keep you entertained.
The Shakespeare exhibitions in the town will provide all the history of the bard’s life, covering everything from his birth, marriage and death to the inspiration behind his 38 plays and 154 sonnets. Exploring the town by foot will allow you to visit some of the key places in his life; including the Holy Trinity church where he has now been laid to rest.
Shakespeare’s works are celebrated across the whole town, and a visit to the Bancroft Gardens by the river will allow you to see some stunning statues of his famous characters amongst nature.
To explore more of the history of Stratford-upon-Avon, you must take a stop at Harvard House. Built by the extremely wealthy Rogers family in 1596, related to the main benefactors of Harvard University, it is the perfect example of a traditional British home. It is a beautifully preserved building with original carvings and detail both internally and externally.
Whilst this wasn’t the style of home that the average townsperson resided in, you can get a real feel for what life of the wealthy in the 16th century was like. How does this compare to what we see as a luxury now?
If you want to get off your feet for a little then one way to see the town is via boat. Travel from the centre of town by boat through the old canal lock down into the River Avon, this is a great way to see a large amount of the town, and learn some interesting facts along the way!