Stratford-upon-Avon

Where was William Shakespeare born?

And the answer: Stratford-upon-Avon.

Photo credit: Diliff.

In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon. A market town originally, it became a major tourist destination in the nineteenth century due to its association with Shakespeare.

To visit or not to visit Stratford-upon-Avon— that is the question. Though, perhaps as Shakespeare intended it, such a question becomes rhetorical when considering the beauty of small town Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare's home is now designated as a mecca for "all lovers of literature," and has undergone substantial repairs since its construction in the 1500s. With the aid of luminaries like Charles Dickens, the house was purchased and restored to its original 16th-century appearance in 1847.    

Fun fact!

The walled garden at the back of Shakespeare's house is adorned with flowers and plants known to grow during his time. Talk about living history!

However, Stratford-upon-Avon isn't just home to Shakespeare— it's also home to Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway (no, not the actress). About a mile west of Stratford-upon-Avon sits a beautiful 12-roomed farmhouse where Anne Hathaway, spent her childhood. Known as Hewlands Farm in the 16th century, it had more than 90 acres of land and is about 3 times the size of a typical cottage.

The oldest building in Stratford-upon-Avon dates back to 1210. Known as the place of baptism (1564) and burial (1616) of William Shakespeare, Holy Trinity Church is Stratford-upon-Avon’s oldest building.

Learn more about the historic and gorgeous town here.




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