Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare’s home in England and one can have guided tours and see his plays in this very home town.

For literature fans, perhaps the perfect trip to England would be to Shakespeare in England so to speak. William Shakespeare’s birthplace was Avon-Upon-Stratford in the green Midlands of England. Note that there is scholarly debate on whether Willam Shakespeare actually wrote the famous plays or not, in this article we will assume that he did.

It is a charming market town with beautiful old thatched-roof buildings and graceful swans in its ponds and rivers. The city epitomizes the charm associated with England and offers tours and Shakespearean plays for bard lovers.

Stratford-Upon-Avon – The home of Willam Shakespeare

Stratfor-Upon-Avon is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands region of England. It is located on the River Avon (hence its name) and is approximately 91 miles or 146 kilometers northwest of London.

  • Population: About 31,000
  • Tourists: About 2.5 million per year

It is located on the outskirts of England’s famous Cotswolds and is a very popular tourist destination due to its status as the birthplace and burial place of playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Stradford-Upon-Avon is the embodiment of most people’s idyllic idea of ​​a quaint English town or old village. Stratford-Upon-Avon is a beautiful town that draws crowds to its old thatched-roof houses and to see the town that was the birthplace and place of death of William Shakespeare.

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Shakespeare Walking Tour in Stratford

Tudor World offers its Shakespeare walking tour from Stratford for people who want to see and learn in depth about the playwright’s historic town. These tours are led by ‘Master Shakespeare’, a costumed actor/guide who accompanies visitors back in time and into his beloved town of Stratford upon Avon. Tudor World describes the guides as “highly skilled and licensed actors with in-depth knowledge of the big man“.

“Master Shakespeare” tells the stories of his family, some juicy parts of his plays and sonnets, his city, and also the time period in England in which he lived.

The tour is meant to be an entertaining way to learn about the life and times of William Shakespeare. The meeting point for the tour is at the Tudor World Museum from where he travels to his birthplace; then goes to the houses of his children; New place; his school and ends at his final resting place at Holy Trinity Church.

On the tour you will see all the main buildings associated with Shakespeare’s life from his birth to his death and some of the history of the town (exterior only). As this is England, tours continue even in the rain.

Tours start at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and last approximately 1.5 hours. Tours are public tours, but private tours and school group tours can be arranged on request.

This is a walking tour, but luckily Stratford Upon Avon is a compact town so there is no more than a mile on foot over fairly flat ground. It is considered wheelchair friendly.

  • When: 2:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • To see: The Tudor World Museum, his birthplace, his children’s homes, New Place, his school and Holy Trinity Church
  • Price (public visit): £7 adults ($10)
  • Private tours: Available by arrangement
  • Wheelchair: Considered wheelchair friendly due to its compactness and flat terrain

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Royal Shakespeare Company (Shakespeare plays)

If we also want Shakespeare (sic) England by attending Shakespeare plays in the old country, then there are plenty of options for that as well. the Shakespeare’s Royal Company is a major British theater company based in Stratford-upon-Avon which performs its plays in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. They employ over 1,000 people and produce around 20 productions a year.

  • Pitches: Stratford-upon-Avon, London and tours across Britain and beyond

Among their former interpreters, there is even Sir Patrick Stewart who played in Star Trek, Next Generationand x-men (it was Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek, new generation aka the most English Frenchman ever).

Ticket prices start from £16 depending on where one chooses to sit and when one wishes to see it. Their performances include:

  • macbeth
  • Cardenio’s story: A lost game reinvented
  • The merchant of Venice: Once played Sir Patrick Stewart
  • Henry VI: Rebellion
  • Richard III
  • Wars of the Roses
  • All’s well That ends well

The game, Richard III, is based on the long-lost, short-reigned English king who was killed in battle. Shakespeare wrote of him (perhaps too harshly) over a century later and called him a “poisonous toad.”

After being killed in action, Richard III was unceremoniously buried in a church graveyard and forgotten. He was only recently rediscovered under a car park and you can visit the place where he was re-interned as well as the car park whose adjoining school has been transformed into a reception centre.

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