Posted by: Rasma R | August 26, 2014

Shakespeare’s Home Town

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In the English county of Warwickshire, is the historic town of Stratford-Upon-Avon situated on the Avon River. Tourists are most interested in visiting this lovely town because it is the home town of the great English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. Visitors enjoy seeing the plays give by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the town has become one of the major tourist destinations in the U.K.

Stratford-Upon-Avon is a small town where everyone can walk to all the shops, restaurants, and attractions. There are guided walking and bus tours available. The bus tour also takes tourists out of town to the countryside to see Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Shottery and Mary Arden’s House in Wilmcote. Tourists can either walk all about the town or they can hire a mobility scooter.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace has been restored with 16th century decor and still has lots of authentic items. There are also lovely gardens to explore.

A very popular place tourists prefer for people watching is The Bancroft Gardens and river area. During the good weather there are areas for picnics and river activities. In the summertime you can see the Avon River teeming with row boats and motor boats and river cruises are available. You can see the Birmingham to Stratford Canal with lots of colorful narrow boats. The public gets entertained by jugglers, fire-eaters and magicians. There is a lovely water fountain at the edge of the gardens called the Swan Fountain and was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996.

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Ann Hathaway’s Cottage is a most romantic cottage. It is located about a mile from the centre of town. Hathaway later became the wife of Shakespeare and lived in the cottage until she married. It has been restored and has many family heirlooms on display and is surrounded by scenic gardens.

Holy Trinity Church is the burial site of William Shakespeare. It draws lots of his admirers. Tourists can take a look at this church as it is still a functioning church. To view the playwright’s grave you are asked to give a donation.

The Falstaff Experience is the most unique and haunted building in the world. It is also the largest museum in Stratford and includes Tudor World which is the only museum that is entirely dedicated to the Tudor era. In the evenings you can join spooky ghost tours lit by lanterns. Lots of paranormal investigations have taken place here.

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Ghost Hunts and Terrifying Tales, The Creepy Cauldron offers candle lit ghost tours and you can hear horrifying tales from master storytellers. There are also full overnight ghost hunts. .

Stratford Town Walk is a guided sightseeing tour to make sure you don’t miss any of the special features of the town and of course everything Shakespeare. The entire walk takes about two hours and begins on Waterside by the Swan fountain. You also get discount vouchers which you can use in many shops, restaurants, pubs, and attractions.

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