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Stratford-upon-Avon is famous for one thing: Shakespeare. Any trip to Stratford is undoubtedly going to focus on Britain’s most famous playwright and the town has several impressive attractions to educate the visitor about his life.

There is no denying that Stratford can get over-run by the hundreds of visitors pouring off coach tours in the summer season, but time it right and the experience can be fascinating and fun.

As well as Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the grounds of his final home at New Place, the childhood homes of his mother and his wife, the marital home of his daughter, and the home of his granddaughter can all be visited. All have exhibitions about the Bard as well as interesting information about life in the sixteenth century.

Another highlight of a trip to Stratford is seeing a performance by the celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company at one of their three impressive theatres in town.

Warwickshire’s other stand out attractions are Warwick Castle – a hugely popular and incredibly preserved thirteenth century castle with a strong focus on lively family entertainment – and the beautiful ruins of Kenilworth Castle, which has a fascinating history dating back to the twelfth century.

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