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Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful ancient town in central England, best-known of course for its connections with the great English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Here he was born, here he spent his childhood and the most formative years of his life, here he married a local girl, Anne Hathaway and here he returned at the end of his life to die and be buried in the local church. No wonder so many of the tourist attractions speak of Shakespeare, no wonder crowds of tourists queue to get inside the house where he was born and to Holy Trinity Church to see his grave. Later, coaches take them to Anne Hathaway's cottage, another tourists' Mecca and well worth visiting. If you want to go inside all those buildings, be prepared to spend a lot of money: the entrance fees are quite high. And don't visit Stratford in the summer months if what you like is peace and quiet. You certainly won't find it there.
It would be great if you could visit Stratford on 23rd April - St. George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday, when the whole town comes alive with celebrations. The festivities include a procession through the town of bands, actors dressed up as Shakespearian characters, Morris dancers and others. After all, the town has three theatres, including the Royal Shakespeare Company.
If you want to visit all the five places related to Shakespeare's life, i.e. the Birthplace, Hall's Croft, Nash's House/New Place, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Jane Arden's House, get one ticket for all of these - it will be cheaper than pay at each place separately. It is also possible to get a ticket for the first three, without the properties situated outside the town.
Such a multiple ticket includes admission to Harvard House too. The current admission fees can be found on the website of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

  • Last visit to Stratford-upon-Avon: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Lovely page! Like you, I loved those Tudor home's!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Interesting to see the look of a place that is well known for its name but much lesss for its looks. Very informative page !

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2007 at 11:59 AM

    Excellent! As an English teacher, I long to see all of this, especially the Shakespeare Memorial. Stunning photographs of the Tutor houses, the Thatch-roofed cottages, Bravo!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    When I was in Stratford many years ago, my then-ten-year-old son didn't want to go to the theatre, so we went back to our B&B and watched an exciting film on television. It turned out to be Shakespeare's Coriolanus. Your tips brought back nice memories.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2007 at 4:39 AM

    A must-see place for any English teacher.I didn't know about the church, so I will have to go back.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    Beautiful page on a must see for me. The thatched roof, tudor buildings and timbered houses are great.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2007 at 5:16 AM

    Another wonderful page! I've been to Stratford-upon-Avon twice and would return in a minute! You were certainly blessed to have so much sunshine!!!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2006 at 4:40 AM

    Timbered Houses - Hall's Croft - Guild Chapel - all look wonderful. What a gorgeous picturesque place. We also have a Stratford, Ontario where Shakespeare plays are performed.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2006 at 11:55 AM

    Beautiful pics and great information on the buildings of Stratford! Interesting stuff on the Harvard connection too. We only had a quick look here, but did enjoy Anne Hathaway's cottage in February when the crowds were not a problem!

  • alancollins's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2006 at 11:08 AM

    What a hot day we picked to visit Stratford.


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