England has plenty of towns to explore in it’s vast countryside. One of the most popular tourist destinations lies upon the River Avon, and is famously known as the birthplace of many of our high school nemeses, William Shakespeare. This quaint and historic town is visited by more than three million each year in search of the inspiration to write ourselves or just learn more about this historic and prolific writer. While there are many amazing things to see and do here, by far, the focus of the region is Shakespeare and his life. Coconut Club Vacations reviews Stratford upon Avon and its most historic and significant sites.
There are five houses located in Stratford upon Avon that relate to Shakespeare’s life and tell his story. The houses are owned and kept up by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Holy Trinity Church at the top of Waterside is where Shakespeare was baptized and where he is now buried. There is Nash’s House which is next door to New Place where Shakespeare died. There is Hall’s Croft, once home to his daughter and her husband. There is the cottage in Shottery that belonged to Shakespeare’s wife’s family, and then there is Palmer’s Farm, the family home of Shakespeare’s mother. Each of these places has their own unique story to tell and should be visited to get the whole experience.
The Royal Shakespeare Company resides here in the Royal Shakespeare Theater. Of course while you are here, you must attend the theater, and many of the theaters, if not all will be portraying one of Shakespeare much beloved plays. You can make a night of it with a delicious meal as well. Stratford upon Avon has a wide variety of restaurants that offer local as well as international cuisine. Many of the restaurants offer pre theater dinners and they are timed perfectly so that you don’t miss the curtain rising at the performances.
After your visit to Stratford upon Avon, you will find a new appreciation for Shakespeare if you hadn’t already. It’s a perfect place to enjoy the English countryside as well as get an amazing hand on history lesson of one of the greatest writers of all time.