Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Sights

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Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace Review

A half-timber house typical of its time, the playwright's birthplace is a much-visited shrine that has been altered and restored since he lived here. Entering through the modern visitor center, you are immersed in an entertaining but basic introduction to Shakespeare through a "Life, Love, and Legacy" visual and audio exhibition; this can be crowded. You can see a First Folio and what is reputedly Shakespeare's signet ring, listen to the sounds of the Forest of Arden, and watch snippets of contemporary Shakespearean films. The house itself is across the garden from this large modern center. Colorful wall decorations and the furnishings in the actual house reflect comfortable, middle-class Elizabethan domestic life. Shakespeare's father, John, a glove maker and wool dealer, purchased the house; a reconstructed workshop shows the tools of the glover's trade. Mark Twain and Charles Dickens were earlier pilgrims here, and you can see the signatures of Thomas Carlyle and Walter Scott scratched into Shakespeare's windowpanes. In the garden, actors present excerpts from the plays. There's also a cafe and bookshop on the grounds.

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  • Address: Henley St., Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW | Map It
  • Phone: 01789/201822
  • Cost: £14.95, includes entry to Hall's Croft, Nash's House and New Place, and Shakespeare's Grave
  • Hours: Apr.–June and Sept.–Oct., daily 9–5; July and Aug. daily 9–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–4
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  • Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
Updated: 03-10-2014

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