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. Add Shakespeare's Birthplace and other attractions to your Stratford-upon-Avon trip itinerary using our Stratford-upon-Avon trip planner .
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  • Visited on a Saturday in August at around 2pm but it wasn't crowded. Would recommend buying a pass for this and other Shakespeare attractions as we skipped the queue and the pass is valid for 12 month...  more »
  • This is a nice visit. However I find it very expensive to what you can do as the house is quite small inspite they have added a modern part introducing Shakespeare. However, still is very pricey and t...  more »
  • attraction price isn't cheap, but this very entertaining and allows you to interact with various exhibitors, objects, etc. Besides inside and on the patio there are performances by staff of the attraction, which in turn oversee so not to break anything
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  • Very popular. Wonderful walking tour. Actors doing Shakespeare. Really good. The home is well worth seeing to appreciate their life. The gift shop is also great if you have room in your luggage to take things home.
  • Mediocre experience had nothing to do with the friendly staff or exhibits. It's unfortunately just a too highly trafficked tourist spot, with the small spaces cramped with people including coach and children groups. It was very difficult to connect with any atmosphere, and unless you are at ease in crowded, loud places it will probably be frustrating. In terms of value as a sincere Shakespeare fan, your time is better spent at his New Place, especially in the large garden. However there are some neat exhibits in the gallery before you enter his birthplace, and well put together time lines.
  • The tour guide was very informative a little hard to hear him because he spoke so softly but thank goodness, I was in the front row. I learnt a lot more about Shakespeare's life than I did in school in America and it actually felt like he was home the way it has been taken care of and decorated! Truly one of the highlights of my visit!!!
  • Well maintained 16th century house. One will fall in love with the place, garden and the street full of shops. Small group of actors performs small bits from Shakespeare's plays. It's an amazing feeling. A must visit if you are near this place.
  • What a beautiful town, full of history and warm and friendly people, the birthplace of the genious Shakespeare, the ambassador of English literature..his museum must be seen.. the town is clean and tidy full of beautiful shops and cafes as well as beautiful restaurant alongside the river serving delicious food. We spent splendid time in this town.

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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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