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Stratford-Upon-Avon is synonymous with William Shakespeare. So highly is the playwright regarded – and for so long – that the likes of John Keats, Charles Dickens, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Thomas Hardy made pilgrimages to the town to honour the Bard long before visitors took cheap flights to England.
The main Shakespeare “sights” are the houses associated with him and his family. Shakespeare’s birthplace is largely intact, restored and furnished to what it would have been like at the end of the 16th century. New Place was where he lived when he was a rich and famous playwright and the remains of that house are under exploration (it was demolished in the 18th century) but the focus now is Nash’s House, where Shakespeare’s granddaughter lived.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is on the outskirts of the town. She was Shakespeare’s wife and the building today is sympathetically furnished with 16th-century furniture.
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a new addition to the town. It boasts a “thrust stage” and galleried seating, in line with theatres during Shakespeare’s time.
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