Last weekend we took the boys to Stratford Upon Avon to visit the Shakespeare’s Birthplace. We managed to pack in 4 of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties in one day and you can see a round up post here.
As each property was different, I thought it would be helpful to do a more indepth review of each.
We followed the sat nav with postcode CV37 6QW which took us to a car park a minutes walk from Shakespeare’s birthplace. It cost £1 an hour and was pay and display. If you are planning on seeing all three houses in town, three hours will be about right, or more if you are stopping for lunch. This was by far the area that was packed with tourists. It wasn’t horrendous but you will find yourself queuing a little. All the other places we visited were pretty quiet in comparison.
There is a short exhibition to start and then you go through to Shakespeare’s house. Here there are actors dressed as Tudors who will talk you through anything about the room you are in. Ceilings are low and rooms are small. The boys were told how they would have all shared a bed in Shakespeare’s time.
You also get to see his father’s glove making workshop. Complete with smells in a box. Thankfully there were just in boxes you could sniff and not pumped in!
Outside you will find Shakespeare Aloud! Actors bringing Shakespeare to life in the gardens. Here they were ready to take requests and act out scenes from Shakespeare’s works.
We enjoyed our visit and if you had to pick just one of their properties in town to visit then I would suggest this one, especially if you are visiting with children. You can find out more about this and the other properties on Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Website.
Thanks to Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust for inviting us to review their properties.