The Birthplace of Shakespeare: Stratford upon Avon
Undoubtedly, the most prominent connotation of Stratford upon Avon is Britain most treasured playwright, Mr William Shakespeare. Although its rich literary history is an intriguing aspect of Stratford-upon-Avon, the beautiful market town in Warwickshire also features glittering canal-ways, beautiful gardens and cosmopolitan theatres for visitors to enjoy.
Follow in the Footsteps of Shakespeare
Begin your literary exploration with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon's most treasured tourist attraction; the Birthplace of Shakespeare,. The attraction has been open to visitors for over 250 years, and allows visitors to not only observe where Shakespeare lived, worked and began his family, but also follow in the footsteps of celebrated authors such as Charles Dickens, John Keats and Thomas Hardy. The Famous Beyond Words, exhibition is also housed within the thatched cottage, and features an enticing array of Shakespeare memorabilia and a copy of the famous First Folio. Next, visit the birthplace of Shakespeare's famous spouse at Anna Hathaway's Cottage,. The home is hailed as the most romantic in England due to it's traditional architecture and stunning grounds bursting with fragrant blooms. Many other beautifully preserved houses are open to enthusiastic visitors, including Mary Arden's Farm, and Halls Croft ,, the childhood homes of Shakespeare's mother and grandmother.
Brunch upon a Barge
For lunch, wander down to the convivial Canal Basin, to enjoy the picturesque water and the range of excellent eateries permanently moored on barges upon the canal. The Baguette Barge, serves freshly baked, crusty baguettes filled with sumptuously seasonal fillings like creamy chicken Caesar and crumbly cheddar cheese. Admire the scenic surroundings of Stratford in a leisurely manner upon a river tour; the Countess of Eversham, boat serves indulgent cream teas aboard their comfortable canal boat during the gorgeous 45 minute float. Adjacent to the river side are the luscious Bancroft Gardens,, whose central feature is the stunning Swan Fountain,; within the park, blooming flowers and Shakespeare themed statues decorate the verdant lawns, which are a wonderful place to wander.
An Evening at the Theatre
Enjoy an evening of culture at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, or The Bear Pit Theatre, , which host a selection of riotous comedies, tear jerking tragedies or captivating histories. The Bear Pit Theatre, is a more intimate venue with a capacity of only 100 people, whereas the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, delivers larger scale productions inspired by its eponymous hero. For an indulgent gastronomical treat, visit the newly developed Riverside Restaurant, that lies beside the gorgeous River Avon; the unique surroundings and beautiful views from the elegant restaurant make it a perfect place to reminisce on your cultural day. Sample the robust flavours of traditional English cuisine with the locally sourced pork sausages, hand pulled beef brisket and succulent, spit roasted chicken. The hearty cuisine is served beside an exceptional wine list, and the restaurant offers a charming al fresco terrace upon which to enjoy a bottle of fine wine.