Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

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  • 1. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

    Building/Architectural Site

    The most picturesque of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties, this thatched cottage on the western outskirts of Stratford is the family...Read More

  • 2. Attingham Park

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1785 by George Steuart (architect of the church of St. Chad in Shrewsbury) for the first Lord Berwick, this elegant stone mansion has...Read More

  • 3. Baddesley Clinton

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The eminent architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described this as “the perfect late medieval manor house” and it’s hard to argue with...Read More

  • 4. Barber Institute of Fine Art

    Edgbaston | Museum/Gallery

    Part of the University of Birmingham, the museum has a small but astounding collection of European paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture...Read More

  • 5. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Vast and impressive, this museum holds a magnificent collection of Victorian art and is known internationally for its works by the Pre-Raphaelites...Read More

  • 6. Black Country Living Museum

    Museum Village

    This 26-acre museum on social history gives insight into what life was like centuries ago for the men and women who worked in the coal-producing...Read More

  • 7. Chester Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tradition has it that in Roman times a church of some sort stood on the site of what is now Chester Cathedral, but records indicate construction...Read More

  • 8. Hellens Manor

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Just outside the village of Much Marcle, 4 miles southwest of Ledbury, lies the beautiful 17th-century manor of Hellens, kept like a time capsule...Read More

  • 9. Hereford Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built of local red sandstone, Hereford Cathedral is a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including Mappa Mundi, the largest medieval map...Read More

  • 10. Ironbridge Gorge Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The 10 sites that make up the Ironbridge Gorge Museum—a World Heritage Site spread over 6 square miles—preserve the area’s fascinating industrial...Read More

  • 11. Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The romantic ruins of Kenilworth give some sense of the turbulent times the castle has witnessed in its 900-year history. In 1326 King Edward...Read More

  • 12. Ludlow Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The "very perfection of decay," according to author Daniel Defoe, the ruins of this red sandstone castle date from 1085. No wonder the massive...Read More

  • 13. Mary Arden’s Farm

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This charming working farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, and offers great insight into the farming methods employed...Read More

  • 14. Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Overlooking Bancroft Gardens and with views along the River Avon, the Stratford home of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company is undoubtedly...Read More

  • 15. Shakespeare's New Place

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This is the spot where Shakespeare lived for the last 19 years of his life and where he wrote many of his plays, including The Tempest . Though...Read More

  • 16. Shakespeare’s Birthplace

    Museum/Gallery

    A half-timber house typical of its time, the playwright's birthplace is a much-visited shrine that has been altered and restored since Shakespeare...Read More

  • 17. St. Chad’s Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On a hilltop west of the town center, this church designed by George Steuart, the architect of Attingham Park, is one of England’s most distinctive...Read More

  • 18. Warwick Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The vast bulk of this medieval castle rests on a cliff overlooking the Avon River and is considered "the fairest monument of ancient and chivalrous...Read More

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  • 19. Worcester Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    There are few more quintessentially English sights than that of Worcester Cathedral, its towers overlooking the green expanse of the county...Read More

  • 20. All Saints Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the west side of High Town, this 13th-century church contains superb canopied choir stalls and misericords, as well as unusual renovations...Read More

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