Top Reasons to Go to Strartford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

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.

The city of Birmingham: The revamped city center shows off its superb art collections and cultural facilities, international cuisine, and renowned Jewellery Quarter.

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.

Ironbridge Gorge: Recall the beginnings of England's Industrial Revolution at this fine complex of industrial-heritage museums.

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.

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