Shakespeare’s fascinating hometown
William Shakespeare is one of the world’s best-known poets. He was born in 1564 and died in 1616. The hometown of the famous poet is the civil parish, Stratford-upon-Avon. It is a very popular town among tourists, being home to numerous attractions relating to Shakespeare.
The town attracts millions of visitors each year from all around the world. Visitors of the fascinating town have the occasion to admire the birthplace of the famous poet and playwright, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (Shakespeare’s wife’s cottage nearby the town), the Holy Trinity Church where the poet was baptized and buried after his death. Besides, there are other attractions which do not relate to Shakespeare, such as the town’s Clock Tower or the River Avon.
The birthplace of the worldwide famous poet and playwright is an extremely popular tourist attraction in England. Today is serves as a museum and is open to the public. The beautiful house is not an architectural jewel, but it is considered that in Shakespeare’s time it was a substantial residence. The museum presents the original furnishing, just like the poet’s father’s glove making workshop. Adjacent to the house, there is a visitor centre named Shakespeare Centre. The visitor centre provides the access to the house. If you are a fan of literature or a fan of William Shakespeare, you can not miss to visit his birthplace. The opening hours vary depending on the season. It can be visited daily, opening at 9:00 and closing at 17:00 or 18:00. (November 2012)
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
The fantastic theatre is dedicated to the prestigious poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. It was built near the site of the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. The theatre is a popular tourist attraction situated on the Avon River’s western bank. It has a rooftop restaurant which provides fantastic views over the river. Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company owns and manages the theatre.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway lived in a tiny 12-roomed house about a mile away from Stratford-upon-Avon. The beautiful farmhouse is set in charming gardens. If you are in Stratford-upon-Avon, you just need to make a 5-minute drive to the village of Shottery or you can also make the way by foot to visit the beautiful cottage. Today, the cottage houses a museum which presents objects relating to the life of Anne Hathaway. It is open to the public and can be visited daily from 9:00 or 10:00 to 16:00 or 17:00, depending on season. (November 2012)
Another attraction of Stratford-upon-Avon is the house which was owned by the daughter of Shakespeare, Susanna Hall. Today, it contains an exhibition of furniture and paintings. It also presents a fantastic walled garden. The garden includes plants which were used by the husband of Susanna, Dr. John Hall, in his treatments.
The Holy Trinity Church
Being the place where Shakespeare was baptized and also the burial place of him, the Holy Trinity Church is very popular among the fans of the famous poet and playwright. It is also named Shakespeare’s Church and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The church is considered the oldest building of the town. Within the church tourists have the occasion to visit the burial place of the poet and its funerary monument alongside.