Stratford-upon-Avon situated on the River Avon is a welcoming market town with more than 800 years of history. It is worldwide known as the birthplace of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.
This is where the story began... Beautiful timbered house and attached museum is Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Straford-upon-Avon. Explore the house where the renowned English poet and playwright was born and grew up with his parents and siblings in the 16th century. He also spent the first five years of his marriage living here with his wife Anne Hathaway. Until the late 18th century the house was owned by the ancestors, then was purchased by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1847.
This is the picturesque 500-years old cottage where William Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be Anne Hathaway. Featuring original furniture including the Hathaway bed. Originally, the cottage was a farmhouse, built back in 1463. Its kitchen and parlour still remain from the original medieval construction. Anne was born here in 1556. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust purchased the cottage in 1892.
Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised, where he worshipped and where he is buried. Explore the grave of the famous English poet.
Just a few steps away from Anne Hathaway's Cottage and always a great choice for a lunch break. When sunny, sit on the terrace and enjoy a cold drink or a proper British pub dish.
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Stratford-upon-Avon (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)