Discovering Shakespeare Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Press Trips, United Kingdom

Visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace was something I have wanted to do for a long time, but never got around to do (you’d think a year in the UK would have given me ample time, but I guess I got sidetracked). Needless to say I was extremely looking forward to this stop on our daytrip, and I was not disappointed.

The place is impressive for a number of reasons:

1.   Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the cutest villages I have seen in the UK so far. Very quaint, full of genuine people, cream teas and timber houses.

shakespeare birthplace

Stratford-upon-Avon

2.   The building in which Shakespeare was born still stands today, which, is impressive enough on its own, considering it was built in the 16th century (and survived all of Shakespeare’s adventures). I have a major thing for English timber houses!

Shakespeare Birthplace

3.   The visit of the house is very well thought out and interestingly brought to life by local volunteers who want to share their love of all-things Shakespeare. Not only do we learn more about the life of the famous writer, but also about the traditions of that time.

Dining room/kitchen
Bedroom

Shakespeare has an obvious influence on the city, even a few hundred years after his death. His quotes are scattered everywhere, whether it’s on a statue or in one of the many bookstores selling his plays. It was probably my favorite part though - my improvised Shakespearean scavenger hunt!

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

My only disappointment was that we didn’t get the time to visit the equally interesting Anna Hathaway’s house, Shakespeare’s wife. We sadly had to leave Startford-upon-Avon much sooner than I cared for, but we had to keep some time for our visit to Warwick Castle.

Disclaimer: I was offered a complimentary daytrip by Grayline. As always, all opinions are my own.

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15 Responses to “Discovering Shakespeare Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon”

  1. Audrey | That Backpacker

    02. Apr, 2012

    The streets look charming! What a nice little getaway. :D

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  2. I am always impressed by the impact that Shakespeare has had on our culture and on how relevant he is to this day. Kinda crazy.

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  3. Alison

    03. Apr, 2012

    I’ve never been here, but would like to visit as always been fascinated with Shakespeare. That house looks so cosy and I love the timber framed design.

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  4. Andrea

    03. Apr, 2012

    I love that fool quote!

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  5. Abby

    03. Apr, 2012

    That sounds like a fascinating day trip! What history…

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  6. Alexa Meisler

    04. Apr, 2012

    Nice quote. And the neighborhood looks so pretty! That was amazing that they were able to preserve Shakespeare’s home. Great shots!

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  7. Sandra

    05. Apr, 2012

    I’ve wanted to go there for ever. Must plan it!

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  8. Laura

    05. Apr, 2012

    The strangest thing I bought from Stratford-upon-Avon was A Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection, but of course I also got a Shakespeare’s Complete Collection. :) That was a long time ago, while in high school. But reading your post, it all came back to me, the visit to this beautiful town, the theater play with a blond Juliet and the great fun I had with my mates on that wonderful school trip.

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  9. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    06. Apr, 2012

    Oh wow - how cute is that place? It’s like a fairy-tale. The people in your picture kind of look like giants. Or, the buildings are quite small. LOL. I’d love to visit one day - love Shakespeare!

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  10. cheryl

    13. May, 2012

    I’d definitely enjoy this day trip. Now you’ll have to go back and see his wife’s house. :)

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    • Marie

      14. May, 2012

      I’m really torn up about that. Not another reason to go back to the UK, please ;)

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  11. Bohemian Trails

    31. May, 2012

    I remember going here during my semester studying in London. I’m a huge Shakespeare fan!

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  12. Wholesale Log Homes, Inc.

    08. Aug, 2012

    Very interesting. The buildings are not outstanding architecturally, and typical of the times was constructed in wattle and daub around a wooden frame. Very rustic. Thanks for sharing.

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