“Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”
Whether you can recite the entire soliloquy or you’re more accustomed to the movie versions, everyone has heard of the tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet. And no doubt its author too, the prodigy of playwrighting himself, William Shakespeare.
But how did Shakespeare’s story begin?
It started and ended in the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. So this place is packed full of juicy information about the life and work of the Bard of Avon.
Yet, you don’t have to be a Shakespearean aficionado to enjoy a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover what life was like in Elizabethan England and drink in the charm of the Tudor cottages. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to pen a verse or two yourself.
Population: 27, 445 | County: Warwickshire | Oldest pub: The Garrick Inn
Explore the house Shakespeare was born in, the school room in which his talents blossomed, his mother’s bustling farm and his wife’s childhood home. Each site uncovers a different chapter in the life of England’s beloved bard.
Steep gabled roofs, decorative half-timbering, and intricately paned windows are all features of the quintessential Tudor building. And Stratford-upon-Avon’s pretty streets are lined with these romantic cottages for you to feast your eyes upon.
Shakespearian tragedies don’t just belong in the past. The Royal Shakespeare Company has three theatres in Stratford and are dedicated to keeping the works of the Bard of Avon alive and relevant to a contemporary audience.
What better way to gain inspiration for a passionate sonnet than by floating on the beautiful River Avon? Hire a punt and wax lyrical to your loved one or simply sit back and enjoy the scenery passing by.
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