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We just had to go!

I have always wondered about this town, and longed to visit. Shakespeare was a favourite study in English Literature, his writing is to me like poetry, and I so enjoy digging into his writing and seeking the true meaning beneath the musical words.

The weather was nippy but clear, spring time is always a good time to do some gallivanting!

It's quite easy to get caught up in the lovely character of the town, the charm of the architecture, the beauty of the River Avon... one needs to remember though what this town is about and why it is so well known.

Much of this town is dedicated to the memory of a man who had an enormous impact on English literature, and literature as a whole.

His life may have been over many years ago, but to me his memory if very much a living one, every time I read one of his poems, sonnets or plays, he comes alive! I learnt a lot about him at school, where we studied one play a year, and think it is a pity that many schools no longer do this. Here is a man with an unsurpassed talent and depth, with a gorgeous town heritage to boot.

Sitting in your bookshelf :)

Spring is a stunning time to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, not only because it is a beautiful time of year for the flowers, but because there are other people there but it isn't too crowded, as it does get in summer when the hordes arrive!, and even though it is spring, not summer, and there is a chill in the air, the skies were blue, perfect for picture taking!

I have to admit to falling in love with this town... I love many English towns, but this comes out tops for me... there is just SO much character and antiquity here, everywhere you look.

We will definately go back!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:TONS of character everywhere you look!
  • Cons:In summer there must be LOADS of people here :(
  • In a nutshell:Everything I expected and more!
  • Last visit to Stratford-upon-Avon: Mar 2007
  • Intro Updated May 14, 2007
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    Brilliant page Jen. Wish I'd had time to visit as much as you did.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2010 at 5:06 AM

    Me again, coming back to look at the rest of your Stratford tips that I didn't read the last time. I was also there in the spring, Easter weekend in fact, but quite a long time ago. My son and I went rowing on the Avon on Easter Sunday morning.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    Wonderful informative pages. Love Anne Hathaway's cottage. Your photos are really nice. What a shame that "new place" was demolished, sometimes can't understand why????

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Great pages It's been a long time since I visited and I enjoyed seeing it again through your eyes.

  • Aug 29, 2008 at 5:46 AM

    A fantastic page Jenni! I will be back to see more of your pages soon. :-)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Great information and photos here, Jen. Brings back delightful memories--needless to say I enjoyed the shopping too in addition to all the history!

  • sloughgal's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2008 at 9:15 AM

    Jenni, 5 star ratings for 5 star tips - I love your passion about this town :-) We are going here on a bus tour, looking forward to it even more now! S x

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    if anyone has even the slightest interest in shakespere, then this is the page for the, me ? i'll stick to Terry Prachett.

  • dejavu2gb's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2007 at 2:31 AM

    Jislaaik... kyk nou net... such exceptional detail... great page Jen!!! I still remember the kitchen area in the house... it was a bit whiffy... but very interesting...

  • highlandlaura's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Jen, Neat pages, photos; nice Stratford excursion. Hope to visit again soon. Would love to live in London.


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