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Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Travel Guide

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Plan Your Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Vacation

The lyricism of England's geographical heartland is found in the remote, half-timber market towns of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Shropshire, and in the bucolic villages of Warwickshire. It melts away around the edges of Birmingham—England’s second largest city, often maligned by Brits as a grubby postindustrial metropolis, but forging a new identity for itself as a cultural

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Shakespeare in Stratford To see a play by Shakespeare in the town where he was born—and perhaps after you've visited his birthplace or other sites—is a magical experience.
  2. The city of Birmingham The revamped city center shows off its superb art collections and cultural facilities, international cuisine, and renowned Jewellery Quarter.
  3. Half-timber architecture Black-and-white half-timber houses are a mark of pride throughout the region; there are concentrations of buildings from medieval times to the Jacobean era in Chester, Shrewsbury, and Ludlow.
  4. Ironbridge Gorge Recall the beginnings of England's Industrial Revolution at this fine complex of industrial-heritage museums.
  5. Warwick Castle Taking in the history—and some modern kitsch—at this sprawling medieval castle is a fun day out and great for the whole family.

When To Go

When to Go

The Shakespeare sights get very crowded on weekends and school vacations; Warwick Castle usually brims with visitors, so arrive early in the day. Through...

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