Romantic Things to Do in Stratford-upon-Avon

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  • S6792XGmichaelc
    Hixson, TN100 contributions
    What a wonderful piece of history, it was good to see where he was born and learn a bit of history, the gardens were wonderful many real items from Shakespeare past
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • SHARON J
    27 contributions
    We visited in June 2002. There is a little history given before you start to enter the house but there is no system to regulate how many people are in there at any one time so it got quite crowded and there was no time to take pictures.

    The staff and gardens are very nice though as well which made up for the overcrowding.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • Hannah
    Skipton, UK27 contributions
    I loved my visit! I really enjoyed the tropical walkthrough and being able to see the butterflies flapping close around me. I also very much appreciated the Mayan statues decorating the area since I recently completed a course on Mayan and Aztec history. I thought they helped to give a lot of context to the setting. It was nice being able to walk the route multiple times too as I saw different things each time.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • crystalbobbie
    The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK142 contributions
    Richard lll at the RSC
    My first visit post lockdown and shielding as I am classed as clinically vulnerable. This was a big step. I found the booking online and printing your own tickets really easy and safe. I ordered my brochure and collected it from masked staff, no bar staff wore masks and very few visitors either, so it is not a covid respectful place to be. Your very close when you go to your seats and literally as visitors pass you they are really face close. I was happy to have my mask on. The drinks arrangement was good though, the ceilings high. We were in stalls f4 and 5. The sound sometimes was very hard to hear, at times and there was an awful racket of electronic sounding chatter just by us. The two men a couple of seats away got really cross got up snd told whoever it was off saying it was not on. I feel that for £65.00 a seat on this corner of the the theatre if a plays sound is going to be a struggle either get it fixed or cut the price. It’s not good. It’s as of one was on volume fade especially when the backs are too us. The play is fabulous, a superb production
    the players really put you into the tragedy of the people who were lost to the bloody ambitions of Duke then King Richard.
    I especially loved the shadow and Margaret, my skin did prickle a couple of times!!
    We met in the foyer a lovely superfan from Ireland who has been to very many performances at the RSC. Which we thought was lovely.
    I think for me covid aware is about 2/10 could do more especially given the huge rise at the moment.
    Sound 6/10 for our seating area
    Noise interference terrible.
    Easy access etc did not use facilities.
    I love the theatre. I am unsure about returning for a while yet.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • Tybalt00
    Winsford, UK115 contributions
    Had a great time exploring this little museum. Interactive even for our 2 1/2 year old who enjoyed pressing the buttons. I can see how you would spend a few hours there. We were only there for 1hr 30mins; only because of my toddler.

    The only thing with this place that was a disappointment was that prams had to be left at the front door. We were lucky and my parents had already opted to walk round the shops more; so gave them our pram to look after. I was definitely NOT leaving it at ground level.
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • Peter S
    Rome, Italy3,511 contributions
    Review covers Mary Arden’s farm at Wilmcote, 10 km North-West of Stratford-upon-Avon.

    William Shakespeare – English poet, actor and playwright and generally considered the best-known/revered writer in the English Language. And the farm? This is where the bard’s grandparents lived and where his mother Mary Arden was raised; it’s where you can catch a glimpse of what rural life was like in Tudor England >400 years ago.
    And William Shakespeare? Well, as-far-as Mary Arden’s farm (his mother’s place) is concerned he’s not yet in the picture as-it-were – not even a walk-on part - he’s waiting there in the future a generation away. You visit the farm, explore the buildings, examine the heritage pictures and talk with the many volunteers responsible for guiding you through what you’re looking at – acting their parts, demonstrating the house and farm activities of those times, dressed in period costumes and providing you with an introduction to livestock/crops production typical of a rural community in the 15th century Midlands - how people used to live. Sanitized, of course. It’s all part of the Shakespeare Heritage Industries centred upon Stratford-upon-Avon.
    That, however, is not the point … life in Tudor times was hard for ordinary folk. Mary Arden is background information, and her farmhouse represents ‘Mother’ for those crucial life, food production, culinary, medical, economic and social skills required when raising a large family – no family planning in those days – and large families covered the loss of children to all manner of diseases unimaginable to those of us living in the rich countries today. No security in old age either.
    We were in Stratford to catch a glimpse of Shakespeare’s early life – before he became a famous playwright - starting with his Mother’s farm/Arden Cottage. There are two residential houses on the site. 1 Arden Family home – smaller of the two, red brick and towards the rear of the property; and 2. Palmer’s farm-house – larger, timber framed, typical of the period. It was only 20 years ago that the former was conclusively identified as the Arden Family home. Wander the houses and explore the rooms, furnishings and the modus vivendi of the many people who once lived there. Then the grounds - dovecote, cider mill (apples to pulp to juice), small livestock/out-buildings & paddocks, photographs and more. And about livestock, the farm is stocked with a dozen breeds typical of the period – cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and more – rare breeds that can no longer match the productivity of modern breeds.
    We caught the staff/actors around a large table eating their lunch – typical of the fayre found in a Tudor farmhouse of the day – bread, salad, pie of some kind – from a fine selection of china wear; white blouses, caps, hair and beards – take you pick - from this picturesque collection of farmworkers. Unbelievably clean and presentable. Novel. Interesting and friendly people talking easily with those of leaning over their shoulders - sharing their knowledge of everyday life back then.
    Outside wandering the ground and the buildings we figured that we had missed the geese herding. However, we did catch the demonstration of falconry with a large brown bird flying off the heavily gloved left forearm of the falconer. Like everyone else that day he was in smart period costume – flat cap, leather waistcoat, white shirt, green knee-length breeches with long brown socks/stockings/hose below. Oh, and fine-looking facial hair – beard and moustache - matching his brilliant shirt.
    Worth highlighting here – the large number of illustrated/information posters around the place describing all kinds of rural activities typical of the period, including falconry. This one describes William Shakespeare and his familiarity with this sport (with quotations from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’). Others described ‘blacksmithing’, ‘Cider making’, ‘Horse Doctor’, ‘English Housewife’, ‘Farm carts’, ‘Arden Family Tree’ and many more.
    Mary had clearly come from a relatively well-to-do local family – the youngest daughter in a family of eight belonging to Robert Arden – well respected/middle income man of the shires – and his first wife Mary Webb. Social position would have ensured that Mary would have been a literate girl/woman – she would have enjoyed a level of education gained from her responsibilities – education that would have benefited her sone William. And, that Shakespeare name? It came from Mary’s marriage to John Shakespeare
    What you see is what you get – this sanitized glimpse of a family home from the 15th century firmly, if briefly, linked to the life and times of William Shakespeare.
    Many interesting cameos/stories then that helped make the world’s most famous English writer … but, we had a train to catch that afternoon, and one with a gorgeous English steam locomotive. We expected to be in London that evening after a delightful four-course champagne dinner. Shakespeare’s annual journeys >400 years ago over much the same route would typically have taken him six days or more walking tracks and footpaths. As he became richer – perhaps travelling by horse. No choice – steam wins hands down.

    Peter Steele
    12 June 2020
    Written 12 June 2020
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  • clare s
    5 contributions
    Peter and Verity and the Master we’re very knowledgeable made the visit very interesting and fun we really enjoyed the visit
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • David A
    Lee-on-the-Solent, UK13 contributions
    Second visit to Stratford-on-Avon when we have included a visit to The Attic Theatre, both performances have exceeded our expectations. Fantastic shows with absolutely brilliant actors. We visit a lot of theatres, two nights before at Richard III RSC production wonderful but have to be truthful enjoyed The Attic equally. I would unreservedly recommend if you are able to treat yourself and enjoy one of the town's hidden gems, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • Christy
    London, UK165 contributions
    This a little further outside of town, but a lovely stroll along the river. It's situated in a peaceful area and is full of fascinating history; particularly the graves of some of the Shakespeare family, located at the High Altar. There are helpful QR codes to scan along the way, as guides to some of the artefacts and it's also a lovely area for refection. We can highly recommend a visit here.
    Written 4 June 2022
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  • Tim C
    London, United Kingdom6 contributions
    Excellent exhibition (#PAOTY); super friendly, helpful staff; lovely venue; great food and service.

    A very lovely, relaxed day, and warm, helpful service despite the cafe struggling with a wedding and a staff shortage. A nice range of good food from yea/coffee/cake right through to a full, classy lunch.

    Everything is well laid out, clean, clearly signposted.

    We will definitely be back. Thank you - especially to the lively lady in the cafe (who had lost her voice!)
    Written 4 June 2022
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  • Trudy B
    1 contribution
    Wonderful hosts! Skipper Ali, commentator/comedian/entertainer Dino gave us a fun fact-packed tour on the canal blessed by sunshine and many wildfowl on the water. A delightful 45 mins, highly recommended.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Keith M
    London, UK92 contributions
    Was unable to visit the inside but the outside is a fine example of a period house, which originally belonged to John Hall, physician and son in law of William Shakespeare.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • Laura L
    Ellicott City, MD90 contributions
    Touring the gardens in bloom made this a worthwhile destination. There is no house to see but there are plenty of gardens that make up for it.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • gaystallard712
    Long Compton, UK1 contribution
    A beautiful setting to sample your excellent coffee on the terrace! The whole shop is stunning & I would say unique in the area!
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • Madcow20142014
    Redditch, UK234 contributions
    Weve been to the main theatre before but not this one. Exactly the same layout as the other but felt more intimate. Play we saw was great but the whole evening was wonderful . Clean toilets, friendly staff at the bars and extremely helpful staff to answer our queries.
    As we came out we looked over at both the old and new theatres and felt so fortunate to live so close to these amazing buildings. If you've not been to either theatres, then put it on your 'to do' list
    Written 5 March 2020
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