It was really a thrill to return to England this summer and spend some time exploring areas outside of London. I had not planned to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, but when a friend offered to let me stay with her family for a couple of nights there, I didn’t hesitate.
They live close enough to the city center that I was able to walk there along the canal, which is just wide enough in some places for one boat to pass through at a time. There are also a series of manual locks that you have to get out and operate yourself.
The canal connects to the River Avon, which is popular with locals and tourists.
Stratford-upon-Avon has taken full advantage of its historical connections to William Shakespeare. The home where he was born contains an impressive mix of items that are original to the home when Shakespeare lived there, items that date back to that era, and some decor that is a best guess based on records. Shakespearean actors also perform his works there.
Shakespeare is buried at Holy Trinity Church, just a short walk from his birthplace.
Stratford-upon-Avon’s tourism area is easily walkable, and the photos below (completely lacking any photographic artistry) will give you an idea of what the place looks like.
What good would a blog post about Stratford-upon-Avon be without hearing from the Bard of Avon himself?
I was told that around four o’clock in the afternoon, one of the pastry shops would start selling its goods for £1 each. I didn’t know which one, and I had 50 minutes to kill anyway, so I started wandering the streets. Within a couple of minutes I heard someone announcing that all of their pastries were £1 and they were selling them early because of the approaching rain. That shop got busy in a hurry.