Shakespeare Properties in Stratford-Upon-Avon
By accident of birth, or as William Shakespeare would say “some vicious mole of nature …wherein they are not guilty, Since nature cannot choose his origin” the sleepy town of Stratford-Upon-Avon was ever destined to side-step obscurity.
The town’s place on the tourist trail of Great Britain is thanks to a glover’s son, born in Henley Street, in 1564, who managed to avoid the plague, enjoy a free education at King Edward IV Grammar School and, almost miraculously, take on board such education and knowledge in the years following his brief education that he was to entertain the whole world with his stories for the next 450 years!
For a man whose plays are so universally known, there are huge gaps in our knowledge of the life of the writer himself. Offering us a window in to this life are the five Stratford-Upon-Avon properties under the control of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust which allow thousands of visitors each year to step into the life and times of William Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife) Nash’s House & New Place (Shakespeare’s final home), Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft, the Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Nash’s House & New Place and Hall’s Croft are all in central Stratford-Upon-Avon which makes a visit to all three, over a weekend, a comfortable proposition.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is on Shottery Road which is about a mile away. Most visitors travelling independently decide to visit by car (it well sign posted with parking is available) with the idea of doing Mary Arden’s farm at the same time although the walk is a pleasant one. Mary Arden’s Farm is three miles from the town centre in Wilmcote. Wilmcote railway station is directly opposite the Farm if you don’t have a car.
Whether you have bought your car or not, you may be tempted to leave it behind and take advantage of the Sightseeing bus tours which combine tour and entry for 24 hours for a choice of houses AND river cruise. Depending on your plans it is an excellent way to spend the day.
Depending on when you are planning to go there are also a host of events taking place throughout the year: especially as this is the 400 anniversary of the poor chap’s death! Check out http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit-the-houses/whats-on.html
Because of the size of Stratford-Upon-Avon, the proximity of the properties and, of course, the theatre, it doesn’t really matter where you stay to make the most out of your Stratford-Upon-Avon break, but do check out our Stratford-Upon-Avon Hotels for some suggestions… and when planning your dates, don’t forget to check what is on – the Royal Shakespeare Company performs “in rep” which means there is a different play on almost every night!
But whenever you go I am sure you will have a brilliant time: BTW his birthday will be celebrated on 23rd April with the 2016 Shakespeare’s Birthday Parade, starting at 10:30am, so do drop in: it is likely to be a lot of fun.