Stratford-upon-Avon, England

England Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace

Wee Willy Shakespeare’s home in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Photo by Green Lane.

“Life . . . is a tale; told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing”. William Shakespeare: Macbeth

Stratford-upon-Avon Tourism

Stratford-upon-Avonis the home of the great English playwright William Shakespeare and the town is a dedicated memorial to the man and a money-spinner for the locals.

Attractions include several well-restored 16th century houses, two Shakespeare theatres, Will’s tomb and far too many souvenir shops.
The train station is only a few minutes walk from the centre of town but there are two interesting buildings that are not so easily reachable on foot (see below) though bicycle rental is available.

Anne Hathaway's cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's wife, England

Anne Hathaway’s (Shakespeare’s wife) cottage – before she married the beardy British bard – in Shottery, near Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Photo by Richard Peat .

“Love is the greatest of dreams, yet the worst of nightmares.” William Shakespeare.

Stratford’s Main Tourist Sights

• Shakespeare’s birthplace (in 1564), a half-timbered house on Henley Street.

• Hall’s Croft, the fine Elizabethan home of Shakespeare’s daughter and her husband Doctor John Hall.

• the pretty riverside Holy Trinity Church where Will is buried.

• Nash’s House, husband to Shakespeare’s grand-daughter.

• out of town a mile (2km) is the first home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife.

• out of town three miles (5km) at Wilmcote is the home of Mary Arden, Shakespeare’s mother.

The back side of Shakespeare's family home in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

The back side of Shakespeare’s family home in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo by Green Lane .

The Guild Chapel and King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

The Guild Chapel and King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo by Green Lane.

“Some are born great, others achieve greatness. ”
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Stratford Weather

Most of Stratford’s sunshine appears from May – Augustwhen average highs will run from about 16C (61F) to 22C (72F); lows could be between 6C (43F) – 10C (50F). We’d pick May as the best tourist month with fewer visitors on the streets but more sunshine along with modest warmth and lowish rainfall. Winters tend to be grey, damp and chilly with highs around 7C (45F) and lows around 0C (32F).

A Tudor beamed pizza restaurant in Stratford, England

And finally after a hard day’s tourism it’s time for a genuine Tudor pizza and a glass of ale. The Tudor pub on the right, The Garrick Inn, was built in 1596. Photo by Tony Hisgett.

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow. William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet.