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Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of the Elizabethan playwright and poet William Shakespeare. A picturesque setting of half-timbered buildings await the visitor.

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William Shakespeare

He was born (1564) and grew up here. Following a long residence in London creating his renowned literary works, Shakespeare moved back to Stratford-upon-Avon to retire. He died at the age of 52.

Hathaway's cottage

The photogenic thatched-roof Anne Hathaway's cottage (see photo) is the attraction that visitors love most. It lies just outside of town and was the childhood home of Anne, Shakespeare's future wife. You can tour inside the house and walk through the Shakespeare-era garden.


Stratford-upon-Avon has several related theatres, including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre where you can attend the bard's plays. Note: Tickets sell out quickly.

When to come

Late spring and early fall are the best times to visit. Bevies of tour busses from London and other big cities descend on Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer.

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