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Friday, December 27, 2013

Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

What better place to learn about William Shakespeare than his birthplace - the house where Shakespeare was born and grew up. This is the house where he also spent the first five years of his married life with Anne Hathaway. The 16th-century half-timbered house has been preserved well and enables you to picturise how family life would have been in those times. Shakespeare's fathers glove making workshop has been furnished the way it would have been back then, ready for work. The house is nothing short of a shrine for all of William Shakespeare's followers and fans.



Undoubtedly a must-see when you are visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon. You can purchase the 5 House ticket, if you plan to visit all 5 of Shakespeare's houses. It is a good way to save money by purchasing the Combo ticket. You can check with the Visitor Information Centre for discounted tickets and other deals.


Once you enter the house you can enjoy some excellent taped shows that give you glimpses of Shakespeare's times & his work. The house looks quite simple and modest, but back in those days it would have been a house to be proud of. There is a walled garden at the back of the house which has been planted with flowers and herbs that would have been growing in the garden in Shakespeare's time.




As you move through the house, you will encounter some of Shakespeare famous characters. In the garden you can watch some of Shakespeare's best-loved scenes brought excellently to life by some very fine actors. You can even join in with the actors if you fancy. The actors were accommodating and performed excerpts from plays based on visitors requests.




Shakespeare's Birthplace (CV37 6QW) is in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, which is a ten minute walk from the train station.

 

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