On the Trail of Shakespeare

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage: Shottery. The early home of Anne before she married Shakespeare is a picturesque thatched farmhouse. Worthy of note inside is the finely carved master bedstead.

Charlecote Park: Warwick. This is where Shakespeare once reputedly poached deer — and red and fallow deer still roam the park. The present house was built in the 1550s, though rich Victorian “romantic” interiors were created from the 1820s onwards and more here.

Hall’s Croft: Old Town, Stratford. The home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna, and her husband Dr John Hall. There is an exhibition of Tudor medicine and a dispensary.


25. Holy Trinity Church


Holy Trinity Church: Stratford. Shakespeare was christened here in 1564, became a “lay rector” of the church in 1605 and was buried here in 1616. Besides his tomb, visitors can see a bust of Shakespeare, erected just seven years after his death, which is believed to provide a very good likeness.

Mary Arden’s House and the Shakespeare Countryside Museum: Wilmcote. The Tudor farmstead where the playwright’s mother grew up, with an adjoining museum of farming and country life incorporating the Victorian Glebe Farm.

New Place/Nash’s House: Stratford. The site of Shakespeare’s family home from 1597 until his death in 1616. The entrance is through Nash’s House, which once belonged to the first husband of Shakespeare’s grand-daughter and now houses a local history museum.

Royal Shakespeare Company: Stratford, (box office). Each season the RSC stages up to 15 new productions, ranging from works by Shakespeare to plays by contemporary dramatists. Theatre tours give an insight into the way the theatre works.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace: Stratford. The half-timbered house where the dramatist was born in 1564. Of particular interest is an exhibition and the birthroom with famous signatures inscribed on the window.

The World of Shakespeare: Stratford. Four exciting attractions provide an introduction to the life and work of the Bard: there is theatre in the round in the Waterside Studio; an audio visual pageant depicting life in Elizabethan England; a costumes exhibition; and a remarkable collection of puppets, to learn more about Europe and Shakespeare go to www.europe-cities.com.

25. The World of Shakespeare

Historic Houses and Castles

Arbury Hall: Nuneaton. The seat of the Newdegate family for more than 400 years, this Tudor/ Elizabethan house was “Gothicised” in the 18th century. The saloon and dining-room ceilings are especially spectacular. The writer George Eliot was born on the Arbury estate.

Baddesley Clinton: Lapworth. A medieval moated manor house dating from the 14th century and little changed since 1634. Family portraits, priest holes and a romantic lake walk are among its chief attractions.If you need more information about castles in France please check at this annecy hotels website.

Coughton Court: Alcester. Coughton’s close connections with the Gunpowder Plot, explained in an exciting exhibition, and a fascinating display of children’s antique clothes are just two of the vivid attractions here. Also of interest are family memorabilia of the Throclunortons, who have lived here for more than 400 years.