Places in Stratford-Upon-Avon
|| When visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon it’s essential
to brush up on your Shakespeare and this can be done in
a number of ways. But perhaps the most educational is The Birthplace [map] on Henley Street, which is the very house in which Shakespeare
was born and raised. This is also a good place to learn
about the Bard’s work.
For a spot of romance head to Anne Hathaway’s
Cottage [map] in Shottery, which is the original home of Shakespeare’s
wife. This charming half-timbered farmhouse contains
furniture that was used by descendents of the Hathaway
family as well as idyllic country gardens.
Another must-see is Charlecote Park [map],
west of Wellesbourne, which is an impressive stately home
that belongs to the Lucy Family who have lived in its
splendour since 1558. The house was rebuilt in the 19th
century but still retains some delightful features such as original pieces of furniture and the original
If you want to get back to basics head to the Country
Artists Visitor Centre and Factory Shop [map],
The Mill, Avenue Farm. Artists and sculptors work in the
shop and show visitors how they put together beautiful
pieces of art. A guided tour takes you through
the job of the artists and how the interesting artefacts
Get away from the crowds and head to the Canal where
you’ll be able to enjoy a journey on a canal
boat and the opportunity to enjoy the houses that
stand on the banks, many of which date back to the 1800s.
Head further afield to Warwick and you’ll come across
the finest medieval castle in the UK.
Warwick Castle [map] offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era of knights on
white chargers, dragons, dungeons and towers. There’s
also extensive State Rooms that give you a real feel of
how life was more than 1,000 years ago.
On a sunny day, why not take a break to Wellesbourne
Here you’ll have the opportunity to see the working
life of a miller. Watch the watermill at work as it grinds
the flour, just as it did hundreds of years ago and enjoy
a cup of tea in the restored timber-framed barn.
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