Thursday, June 3, 2010


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Best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is the home of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and includes five houses where Shakespeare and his family lived. The houses include his birthplace, his wife Ann Hathaway's birthplace and the home they lived in together in his later life. A great way to maximize your time seeing the five houses is the hop-on, hop-off bus tour. The Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive houses the collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company and is a research library open to the public. Close to the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive is the Stratford Public Library, a Carnegie library that was initially meant to be demolished to build a new library but as a result of local conservation efforts was kept for its historical significance. There are plenty of other historic houses to see in the area, as well as the Church of the Holy Trinity where Shakespeare was baptized and is buried. You should also consider taking a boat ride on the Avon, time permitting.

More about Shakespeare

Fans of the paranormal may wish to pay a visit to the Creaky Cauldron, the only remaining part of the infamous White Lion Inn. History and Hauntings of the Creaky Cauldron

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