Stratford-upon-Avon history is usually reduced to one fact: William Shakespeare was born here in 1564. A few embellishments might be scattered on top: he was born in a half-timbered house on Henley Street; his father, John Shakespeare, made gloves for a living; William was one of eight children, the eldest surviving son; we don’t know his actual date of birth (but we observe it on April 23). And that, for most, is enough Stratford-upon-Avon history for one day.
But spare just a couple of minutes – literally, two minutes – and let Stratfordblog take you on a whirlwind tour of Stratford-upon-Avon history: the basics.
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The Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon, stands across the street from Shakespeare’s New Place – the site of William Shakespeare’s family home. Dating back to 1269, the Guild Chapel is an important and historic building.
So what can you expect when you visit The Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon?
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Afternoon Tea in Stratford-upon-Avon is outranked in Englishness only by the Queen eating fish and chips in a telephone box. Afternoon Tea at the RSC therefore, with views of the Avon and its gliding swans, takes another step towards peak Englishness.
So what can you expect when you take Afternoon Tea at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon?
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I don’t like to make a fuss. I want a coffee. I have child. If someone has to help me drag a pushchair up steps or wrangle with seventeen tables just to let me and the gargantuan pile of plastic through, that’s making a fuss. And I don’t like to make a fuss.
(By the way, I don’t like pushchairs either. But it’s not always practical to carry both baby and all their stuff like some sort of over-sized, double-shelled turtle.)
So where, as a parent with pushchair, can you enjoy a much-needed caffeine hit?
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Shakespeare: the basics is your brief guide to William Shakespeare, Stratford’s most famous son and the Bard of Avon.
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There are hundreds, no, thousands, of reasons why I love my hometown, from the clink of spoons in morning lattes to the stirring of senses during nightly theatre. Here are my top 5 reasons to love Stratford-upon-Avon…
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Tudor World in Stratford-upon-Avon is a family-friendly museum set in a Tudor house. Visit to find out what life might have been like for William Shakespeare.
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Stratford Literary Festival takes place every spring, bringing famous authors, workshops, debates and much more to Stratford-upon-Avon.
So when does the next festival come to town and which celebrity authors will be talking books?
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Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon are located next to the River Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The landscaped gardens feature statues, benches, lawns and entertainment.
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