"The Falstaff Experience" Stratford-upon-Avon Things to Do Tip by Mique

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  he entrance to the Falstaff Experience
by Mique

The museum describes itself as follows... 'A living museum we're dying to show you' Of course it os a bit of a tourist trap as is the whole of Stratford i guess. But the museum is fun nevertheless. And gives quite a bit of information on the side as well. But it is fragmented. It has a part on the story of the house itself (Shrieves House) . From there on you'll progress to the haunted chamber. Here you'll learn about religious persecution. This is all on the ground floor. It is rather small in this section so if there are people coming in after you the place feels rather crowded and it gives a bit of a rushed feeling. But we just let them pass and read on...

When you go up the stairs you'll come to the Plague Cottage. Here you can read up on the Great Plague. And of course there are the visuals.. the Plague cottage itself and more. I for one didn't know that during the Great Plague almost 25 million people died in Europe. That is so many..

From the plague Cottage you'll progress to the Witches Glade. Here i met up with the Witchfinder General. A truly scary fellow. After that i learned the origins of many a superstition.

Then there was a part of the civil war. Which i found much less interesting. And the Fallstaff Tavern. A recreation of the tavern that used to be there.

It ends on the ground floor again with the old curiosity shop. The most funny shop i have been to. And all of it is for sale.

It'll take you somewhere between 30 minutes if you do the really fast round and an hour and a half if you decide to read up on everything.

They also do ghost tours and midnight vigils. But we had left by that time. It would have been something to be in that ancient house at midnight....

Address: Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Phone: +44 (0)870 350 2770
Website: http://www.falstaffexperience.co.uk

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  • Updated May 8, 2004
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