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Places to Go in Stratford Upon Avon When visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon it’s essential to brush up on your Shakespeare and this can be done in a number of ways. But perhaps the most educational is The Birthplace [map] on Henley Street, which is the very house in which Shakespeare was born and raised. This is also a good place to learn about the Bard’s work.

For a spot of romance head to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage [map] in Shottery, which is the original home of Shakespeare’s wife. This charming half-timbered farmhouse contains furniture that was used by descendents of the Hathaway family as well as idyllic country gardens.

Another must-see is Charlecote Park [map], west of Wellesbourne, which is an impressive stately home that belongs to the Lucy Family who have lived in its splendour since 1558. The house was rebuilt in the 19th century but still retains some delightful features such as original pieces of furniture and the original gatehouse.

If you want to get back to basics head to the Country Artists Visitor Centre and Factory Shop [map], The Mill, Avenue Farm. Artists and sculptors work in the shop and show visitors how they put together beautiful pieces of art. A guided tour takes you through the job of the artists and how the interesting artefacts are formed.

Get away from the crowds and head to the Canal where you’ll be able to enjoy a journey on a canal boat and the opportunity to enjoy the houses that stand on the banks, many of which date back to the 1800s.

Head further afield to Warwick and you’ll come across the finest medieval castle in the UK.

Warwick Castle [map] offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era of knights on white chargers, dragons, dungeons and towers. There’s also extensive State Rooms that give you a real feel of how life was more than 1,000 years ago.

On a sunny day, why not take a break to Wellesbourne Watermill [map]. Here you’ll have the opportunity to see the working life of a miller. Watch the watermill at work as it grinds the flour, just as it did hundreds of years ago and enjoy a cup of tea in the restored timber-framed barn.

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