Do you love all things Shakespeare? Are you mental for medieval history? Check out these Stratford-Upon-Avon tips and get Shakespeare on your bucket list.
I’ve put together 7 Stratford-Upon-Avon tips for “Bard-Approved” fun for your family. Grab a seat to see your favorite Shakespearian play, brush-up on your medieval history & walk where Shakespeare walked. Come on! Priceless memories await!
With 5 properties to tour, amazing gardens to enjoy and loads of open space to frolic in, this is a must do for all things Shakespearean.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust includes ticket options for these properties: Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, & Hall’s Croft.
William Shakespeare’s father, John, was chamberlain (sort of like mayor) following the Reformation. King Edward VI ordered John Shakespeare to cover over wall paintings in the Guild Chapel. These wall paintings are currently being restored and are some of the finest medieval wall art uncovered in the UK. You can see it for free & maybe even catch an organ concert/practice at the same time.
The Guild Chapel – On the Corner of Church Street & Scholar’s Lane
It’s connected with the Guild Chapel & King Edward VI Grammar School. It offers an outstanding tour of the school where William was educated.
If the weather suits, hire a punt and enjoy the river. Don’t forget your book of sonnets for an enchanting read-aloud!
Shakespeare was baptized & buried here. You can’t resist seeing where The Bard is laid to rest. I particularly enjoyed the all the intriguing tombstones in the churchyard and the ornate chest tombs inside the church, such as those in Clapton Chapel.
Great cities always have great walking tours, you can pick up the download or app for Stratford-Upon-Avon over at Pocket Guide.
Check out the Royal Shakespeare Company for all things theatre & see what’s on while you are in town. There is loads to choose from with tons of stuff for families, academics & Shakespeare-philes.
If you have a chance to see any Shakespearean troupe live, it is SOO worth the money. 3 Inch Fools did not disappoint. I laughed, I cried. I walked away enamoured with Shakespeare once again. Bucket List item checked off.
So that’s your Bard-Approved short list of Stratford-Upon-Avon tips. This enchanting town is full of life, history and theatre. It’s just a train ride from London & even closer to Oxford. So, put Stratford-Upon-Avon on your itinerary. Priceless memories await!
What’s your favourite Shakespeare play?