Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Tour, Stratford-upon-Avon (Self Guided)

Stratford-Upon-Avon is William Shakespeare's hometown, and also the place where he passed away. Many period buildings and locations, related to his and his family's life, are preserved as Britain's national heritage. The most popular attractions are the Tudor period Shakespeare's Birthplace House and his beautiful burial place at the Holy Trinity Church.
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Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Tour Map

Guide Name: Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Tour
Guide Location: England » Stratford-upon-Avon (See other walking tours in Stratford-upon-Avon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: ChristineT
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Shakespeare Center

1) Shakespeare Center

The Shakespeare Center holds the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust that owns, maintains and administrates several Shakespeare-related heritage buildings. The center is located on Henley Street, right next door to the Shakespeare Birthplace House. It has the largest Shakespeare library in the world, where most of the archival records concerning the bard's life are kept. The place also has a Shakespeare-themed gift shop.
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Shakespeare's Birthplace House

2) Shakespeare's Birthplace House (must see)

Shakespeare's Birthplace is a restored 16th-century half-timbered house, where it is believed that William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years. It is now a small museum open to the public and a popular visitor attraction, owned and managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It has been referred to as "a Mecca for all lovers of literature".

Adjoining the Birthplace is the Shakespeare Centre, a contrasting modern glass and concrete visitors centre which forms the headquarters of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The driving force behind its construction, and opening in 1964, was Dr Levi Fox, OBE, Director of the Trust from 1945 to 1989, with a view to properly housing its library, documents and collections. As well as showing Shakespeare-related displays, the Shakespeare Centre also provides public access to the Birthplace.

The Birthplace recreates a picture of family life at the time of Shakespeare complete with period domestic furnishings, a glass window inscribed with the signatures of visitors to the house over the centuries, and John Shakespeare's glove making workshop.

The walled garden at the back of the house has been specially planted with flowers and herbs that would have been known at Shakespeare's time.

Opening hours:
Spring/Summer/Autumn
20 Mar - 29 Oct: 9am - 5pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Nash House

3) Nash House (must see)

The Nash House stands right next door to the New Place, the place on which stood the house where William Shakespeare spent his last living days. The house belonged to the first husband of the poet's granddaughter, Elizabeth. The classical Tudor-period building is now a museum in Stratford, tracing lineage from the earliest settlers on the banks of the River Avon until the time of Shakespeare, and it features period furnishing, tapestries and engravings.

Operation hours: Daily: Summer 10 am – 5 pm; Winter 11 am – 4 pm.
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New Place

4) New Place (must see)

New Place is the name of William Shakespeare's final place of residence. He died there in 1616. Though the house no longer exists, the land is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The house rested on the corner of Chapel Street and Chapel Lane and was apparently the second-biggest dwelling in the town. It was built in 1483 by Hugh Clopton, a wealthy merchant and future Lord Mayor of the City of London. Built of timber and brick (then an innovation in Stratford) it had ten fireplaces, five handsome gables and grounds large enough to incorporate two barns and an orchard.

Shakespeare bought the house in 1597, nine months after the death of his son Hamnet, for sixty British pounds. Shakespeare was associated with London for much of his life, and tradition states that he retired to Stratford in his later years, though he still visited London as late as 1614. He bought the house in 1597 but didn't move into it until 1610.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust acquired New Place and Nash's House in 1891. Today the foundations of New Place are accessible through a museum that resides in Nash's House, the house next door.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Grammar School (Guild Hall)

5) Grammar School (Guild Hall)

The Grammar School was originally the site of Brethren of the Guild, an influential religious organization that lost its powers after the Church Reformation during the reign of Henry the VIIth. Meanwhile, the 1428 Tudor building became Stratford's Grammar School, where William Shakespeare studied. The classrooms are on the upper floor. They are kept in the original state, with authentic interiors and furnishings. One of the classrooms bears a memorial plaque, stating that Shakespeare studied in that particular room. Currently, the building belongs to the King Edward VI Grammar School.
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Hall's Croft

6) Hall's Croft (must see)

Hall's Croft was owned by William Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna Hall, and her husband Dr John Hall whom she married in 1607.

The building now contains a collection of 16th and 17th century paintings and furniture. There is also an exhibition about Doctor John Hall and the obscure medical practices of the period. The property includes a dramatic walled garden which contains a variety of plant life that John Hall may have used in his treatments. John and Susanna Hall later moved to New Place, which William Shakespeare left to his daughter after his death.

Opening hours:
April – October: Monday - Sunday:10 am – 5 pm;
November – March: Monday - Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity

7) Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity (must see)

The Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is a Grade I listed parish church of the Church of England. It is often known simply as Holy Trinity Church or as Shakespeare's Church, due to its fame as the place of baptism and burial of William Shakespeare. More than 200,000 tourists visit the church each year.

The church has a large three manual pipe organ which dates from 1841 by the organ builder William Hill. It has undergone several restorations by Hill Norman and Beard, and Nicholson. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

The church is open to visitors for much of the year. A small contribution is requested to access the chancel and sanctuary in which Shakespeare is buried. Holy Trinity is a member of the Greater Churches Group. The Royal Shakespeare Company performed Henry VIII in the church in 2006 as part of the Complete Works Festival. It is an active parish church serving a parish of some 17,000 people.

William Shakespeare, poet and playwright, was baptised in Holy Trinity on 26 April 1564 and was buried there on 25 April 1616.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Stratford-upon-Avon for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Stratford-upon-Avon, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.