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Day trip from Birmingham: Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

Explore the Warwickshire countryside and market town that forged the greatest - and most quoted - playwright in history
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.5 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Almost 400 years after his death, phrases by the man from Stratford-upon-Avon pepper the conversation of those of us in the Western... more »

Tips:  If you are visiting in the summer, consider bringing a picnic blanket. There's a nice grassy area between the Royal Shakespeare... more »

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Points of Interest

The most interesting of the Shakespeare properties isn't the Birthplace or the endlessly-photographed Anne Hathaway's cottage. Mary Arden's Farm, at Wilmcote, three miles from Stratford, consists of a farmhouse that was the childhood home of William Shakespeare's mother, together with the adjacent, half-timbered farm (previously thought to be the ... More

'Cottage' hardly does justice to this manicured, thatched farmhouse, though during the girlhood of Shakespeare's wife-to-be it consisted of the lower portion of the present structure - the section closest to the road. The Hathaways were friends of the Shakespeares, and when Richard Hathaway, a well-to-do yeoman farmer, died he left his 25-year-old... More

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Henley Street, where the birthplace is located, is part-pedestrianised, so if you arrive by car, park in Windsor Street or Rother Street. Visitors enter a visitor centre, where a slick audio-visual, 'Life, love and legacy' played amid dramatically-lit artefacts, puts Shakespeare's life into the context of the time, and examines the impact of his... More

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When you leave the Birthplace, turn left, cross the pedestrianised street, and then turn right into Meer Street. Keep an eye on the pavement (sidewalk) as you walk; the town council commissioned artist Janet Hodgson to record things she witnessed and heard on March 18, 2000 - so you'll find random phrases such as 'Watch that pigeon' and 'He's too ... More

5. Hall's Croft

From Nash's House, cross the road at the junction, and continue down the High Street (which is now called Church Street), on your left you will pass some very handsome and well-preserved 15th-century almshouses. Turn left at the next junction, and continue the short distance until on your right you reach Hall's Croft,the home of Shakespeare's... More

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6. Church of the Holy Trinity and Shakespeare's Grave

From Hall's Croft continue in the direction you were following, and you will soon see the spire of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

This soaring structure is an 18th-century structure, replacing a wooden steeple on the mellow, honey-stoned church, parts of which date back to the 13th-century. The combination of a riverside setting, slightly... More

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There's been some form of Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford since 1879. The original theatre was destroyed by fire in 1926, and the resulting competition for a new design was won by a woman named Elizabeth Scott - the first woman architect entrusted with a major public building in Britain. Her red brick design - initially somewhat... More

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