“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it”
- As you like it, William Shakespeare
Though this quote is about the magical forest of Arden, we like to think that Shakespeare would have said the same about his hometown, because we certainly would!
The lively main street is surrounded by timber-frame buildings and taverns – you can even imagine how Shakespeare would recognise some of his old surroundings today. Visit his birthplace to hear tales of family life and get up close to objects from the Trust’s world class collections. Or perhaps take a 30-minute walk from the centre and you’ll find yourself at Anne Hathaway’s (his wife’s) delightful cottage, positioned in traditional gardens and orchards, where 13 generations of the same family lived!
But Shakespeare isn’t all Stratford-Upon-Avon has going for it. Situated on the River Avon, river boats will cruise you up the river to take in the English countryside and spot the riverside wildlife. And if you fancy something more exotic, the UK’s largest butterfly farm has got you covered. With hundreds of butterflies living in a waterfall and tropical plant filled paradise, this is a beautiful escape and an even better photo opportunity.
Photo Credit: David Berkowitz on Flickr