Visiting Stratford-upon-Avon

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous poets and playwrights in the world. People all over the world strongly associate his name with England, which is why Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born and where he died, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in all of England. Over 2.5 million people visit the town each year.

The town of Stratford-upon-Avon is located 101 miles away from London. The population is a little under 30,000 people. Stratford-upon-Avon received a permit to operate a weekly market in 1196, which is why the town became known as a market town. Despite this fact, the town almost didn’t grow between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. The expansion started improving in the eighteenth century when several new streets were created.

Today the town has many Elizabethan and Jacobean buildings. Its top attraction is the Royal Shakespeare Theater. Some of the best actors from all over the country come to perform there.

The town also has a lot of Shakespeare-related places of interest, including the house where the renowned poet was born. The house is located on Henley Street. Before you enter the living quarters, you will go through the Shakespeare exhibit that includes items that illustrate his life and work. The house is full of Shakespeare memorabilia. It is often crowded with tourists. There’s also a garden outside. Plan at least thirty minutes for the visit.

If you are a fan of Shakespeare, you should also visit the cottage where his wife lived before she married the poet. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage has many original furnishings preserved inside the house. Just like the house where the poet was born, this cottage has a beautiful garden.

Shakespeare died at the age of 52. He is buried at Holy Trinity Church near the Avon River. His wife, daughter and the daughter’s husband are all buried beside him.