The pilgrimage for lovers of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon begins at his birthplace on Henley Street, a busy pedestrian precinct, lined with little shops, cafes, Magic Alley, and the MAD Museum. The Birthplace complex, in the care of the Shakespeare Trust since 1847, first reveals insights through video presentations and artefacts associated with the man himself.
Walk back in time through atmospheric rooms, decorated and furnished to illustrate the life and times of Shakespeare’s day. Creaky wooden stairs, low ceilings, heavy wooden beams, huge patterned wallpaper, leaded windows. The house is usually crowded, but try to go slowly and find a moment’s peace in the garden. Book a Hidden History Talk to learn even more and see documents and early books not on public display.