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Shakespeare's home town makes much of its connections to England's most famous playwright, but there's more to see here than Shakespeare memorabilia. The Bard - as Thesps love to call him - was born in a timbered house on Henley Street in 1564 and he married his neighbor Anne Hathaway in 1582 before moving to London and writing the world's most famous plays. The house where Shakespeare was born remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in England, and Shakespeare-philes also flock to the cottages of Shakespeare's wife, mother and grand-daughter, and the allegedly cursed gravestone of the Bard at Holy Trinity Church. If you want to ...

Shakespeare's home town makes much of its connections to England's most famous playwright, but there's more to see here than Shakespeare memorabilia. The Bard - as Thesps love to call him - was born in a timbered house on Henley Street in 1564 and he married his neighbor Anne Hathaway in 1582 before moving to London and writing the world's most famous plays. The house where Shakespeare was born remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in England, and Shakespeare-philes also flock to the cottages of Shakespeare's wife, mother and grand-daughter, and the allegedly cursed gravestone of the Bard at Holy Trinity Church. If you want to see such legendary works as "the Scottish play" (don't dare say Macbeth out loud in Stratford) performed by the best classically-trained actors in the country, the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company performs throughout the year at three dedicated stages around town. Thespian connections aside, Stratford is an extremely picturesque village, full of thatched and timbered Tudor houses and bisected by the gurgling River Avon and the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: An historic town on the river Avon in the English county of Warwickshire.
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    April to October, but expect huge crowds for Shakespeare's birthday in April, the Literary Festival in April-May, and the Music Festival in July and October.