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Other Places to Visit in Stratford

The information presented on these Stratford pages is based on the Stratford-upon-Avon Street Map and Guide

Apart from the Shakespearean Properties, Stratford has plenty of other attractions for the visitor:

AMERICAN FOUNTAIN
Rother Street. Given to the town by George W. Childs, a journalist from Philadelphia, in 1887.

BUTTERFLY FARM
Tramway Walk, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS
Tel: 01789 299288
Fax: 01789 415878
Email: visits@butterflyfarm.co.uk
Web: www.butterflyfarm.co.uk
Open every day 10am-6pm in summer and 10am-dusk in winter
Walk amongst hundreds of exotic butterflies in this rainforest environment, with tropical plants and waterfalls. Meet the world's largest spider in Arachnoland, and visit Insect City - your chance to be a fly on the wall and watch some of the world's most fascinating creatures, including ants, beetles and stick insects, in their "natural" habitats all safely behind glass! Wheelchair access to all areas. Gift shop.

THE FALSTAFFS EXPERIENCE
Shrieve's House Barn, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EE
Tel: 0870 3502770.
Web: www.falstaffsexperience.co.uk
Open all year, daily 10.30am-5.30pm
The Falstaffs Experience offers an informative yet theatrical glimpse into the pages of history, from the glorious to the ghastly, from the hilarious to the haunting, from the plague to the English Civil War. It is an attraction like no other and will live on in your mind long after your visit.

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GOWER MEMORIAL
This monument was presented to the town in 1888 by Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower, and features Shakespeare surrounded by life-size statues of Prince Hal, Hamlet, Lady Macbeth and Falstaff, that symbolise history, philosophy, tragedy and comedy.

GUILD CHAPEL
Chapel Lane. The Chapel was first built in 1269 by the Guild of the Holy Cross, a group of wealthy citizens who also built the adjoining Guildhall and Almshouses. During the 15th century, Hugh Clopton, a member of the Guild who became a Lord Mayor of London, largely rebuilt the Chapel. He also provided Stratford's stone bridge over the River Avon.

HARVARD HOUSE & MUSEUM OF BRITISH PEWTER
High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Tel: 01789 204507
Web: www.shakespeare.org.uk
This eye-catching house with its beautiful carved timbers was built by Thomas Rogers after a fire destroyed the previous house in 1596. In 1605, his daughter Katherine married Robert Harvard and it was their son John, born in 1607, who emigrated to America and founded Harvard University. The building now houses the Museum of British Pewter.

Open 12pm-5pm, 23rd May to 2nd September. Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays only; also open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9th July to 31st August. Limited disabled access. No toilet facilities.

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HOLY TRINITY CHURCH AND SHAKESPEARE'S TOMB
Trinity Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Tel: 01789 266316

Email: office@stratford-upon-avon.org
Web: www.stratford-upon-avon.org
Open April to September 8.30am-6pm Mon to Sat, 12.30pm-5pm Sun; November to February 9am-4pm Mon to Sat, 12.30pm-5pm Sun. March and October 9am-5pm Mon to Sat, 12.30pm-5pm Sun. Last entry 20 minutes before closing. Closed to visitors on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

This most beautiful Parish Church, standing in attractive grounds on the banks of the River Avon and dating in parts from the twelfth century, is the final resting place of William Shakespeare and his family. The Parish Register shows that William was christened here by vicar Bretchgirdle on 26th April 1564, and the font has survived the centuries and stands in the church. Near the alter in the chancel you may see the graves of Shakespeare, his wife Anne, his eldest daughter Susanna, her husband Dr. Hall and son-in-law Thomas Nash. An intriguing curse upon the stone slab marking Shakespeare's grave reads:

Good Frend for Jesus sake forbeare
To digg the dust encloased heare:
Blese be ye man yt spares thes stones
And curst be he yt moves my bones.

On the north wall of the chancel is a monument to Shakespeare, with a painted bust carved from Cotswold stone that is thought to closely resemble the bard.

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HSBC BANK BUILDING
13 Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. The exterior of this building shows 15 scenes from Shakespeare's plays in terracotta relief.

KING EDWARD VI SCHOOL & GUILDHALL
Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Web: www.likesnail.org.uk
Not normally open to the public
The Guildhall was built in 1417, and consisted of a rood hall and armoury with an upper hall on the first floor. The Guild was suppressed during the reign of Henry VIII, and the property confiscated by the Crown. Later, the town's Grammar School, which had used a building known as the Pedagogue's House, was granted the use of the upper hall by Edward VI. It is almost certain that the young Shakespeare was taught at the Grammar School, although no records survive to prove this. William would have received a good Elizabethan education here, his studies including Latin, rhetoric, history and the poetry of Ovid which was later to inspire his own plays and poems.

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THE MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDOLOGY
The Creaky Cauldren, 21 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon
Tel: 01789 290969
Web: www.drbombay.co.uk
Open every day (except Christmas Day) 10.30am to 5pm.
Situated on the first floor of Number 21 Henley Street, This exhibition of privately collected artifacts and curios, books and opinions spread over three floors of the most haunted building in Stratford is just the way to wile away an hour or so.

 

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