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Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

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The origin of a literary genius, Shakespeare's Birthplace was opened as a museum in the 1940s. Adjoining the house is the Shakespeare Center, where collections, documents, and the library are housed. This is also where you buy tickets and enter Shakespeare's house. The creators of the museum exhibit have lovingly restored the house to resemble what it may have looked like during Shakespeare's childhood. Inside are furnishings, the glove-making shop of John Shakespeare, and household items that look as if they were just laid down. Look for a window full of signatures, the names of people who have visited the house over the centuries. The garden has also been restored to what may have been its original state, and it makes for a pleasant stroll. To visit Shakespeare's Birthplace on your trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, use our Stratford-upon-Avon trip itinerary builder.
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  • Of course, the whole industry surrounding WS in this area is vast. If you doubt that the canon were written by the stratford money-lender then you are in hot water. A lot of people will lose a lot of ...  more »
  • It is a paid attraction to enter the birthplace of Shakespeare. The house itself is quite small. In there you can see the interior of the house. Outside, there are actors and actress who can be asked ...  more »
  • We started our visit to Stratford with a visit to Shakespears birthplace. One of our party was in a wheelchair and unable to go upstairs so one of the guides very kindly got an ipad and talked her thr...  more »
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  • The house looks dated yet very well maintained. The furniture in the house is marvellous. The guides in the house are very engaging. There is always some act going on. The shop there has some pretty interesting stuff.
  • Very fun place to spend an afternoon. Lots to see and what a wonderful gift shop. It's surrounded by a beautiful town where many of Shakespeare's family's homes still stand.
  • All the Shakespearean places run by the trust are worth visiting. If you can, buy a ticket that lasts a year which is for all of them. Start here ofcourse, that's where he did. Then you choose the order of the rest, Mary Arden's, Anne Hathaway's, ETC end at the church? Where his headless corpse is buried? All are top notch.
  • So exciting. Must visit. We have accidently get together with a group of tourists and watch a live theatre performance and got a glass of wine and cake for free. The birthplace itself is very nicely decorated as well. You will get your personal guider as well. Its really cool.
  • Love walking the High Street and with all the different shops etc. Was busy but not overly busy. Had a lovely day out. Would recommend a walk down by the river too.

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Where to stay in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, has a wealth of hotels, guesthouses, country inns, and self-catering apartments. For big-name hotels, look no farther than the historical town center, where most of the area's big attractions are located. Stratford is also famous for its range of comfortable B&Bs, conveniently located in and around this compact town. If you're looking for something a little closer to nature and prefer the open air, consider exploring family-run hostels and working farms in the nearby countryside.
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