Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A rambling half-timbered house on Henley Street where, it is believed, Shakespeare was born and spent his childhood years. By the time the house was purchased by a charitable trust in 1847 it had fallen into great disrepair. A careful program of refurbishment and restoration was carried out, and a modern visitor centre more lately added, so that today's visitor can get a good glimpse into what Shakespeare's early life would have been like.
A fascinating place to visit, with one caveat; the house is small, and was never meant for the number of visitors it now receives. Passage through the building can be awkward, and it is sometimes difficult to get a clear look at the exhibits and the structure of the house due to the press of humanity all about you. The guides are very good, and friendly, and do their best to answer questions. My advice is to visit as soon as the house opens, before the tours descend en masse.
About Shakespeare's Birthplace
Address: Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, CV37 6QW
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: Shakespeare's Birthplace
Phone: 01789 201 822
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
OS: SP200 551
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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