Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace

The U3A Out and About group recently embarked on a coach trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. The weather was perfect, which meant that my companion and I were able to take a tour of the area on the open-top bus.

We drove through the old town out to Shottery (Ann Hathaway's cottage) and then on to Wilmcote (his mother's home). After returning to the town we strolled along the lovely riverside walk, ate lunch in The Other Place; and explored Holy Trinity Church, where the only authenticated image of our national bard has pride of place. Apparently, when the bust of him was mounted, after his death, Ann Hathaway (his wife, not the actress of the same name) confirmed that it looked like him. Shakespeare was christened and buried in Holy Trinity Church. Even if you are not a Shakespeare fan, the church is worth visiting to see the glorious windows. At first glance, you might believe, like me, that they are stained glass. But a guide pointed out to me that in places the paint has faded from some of the glass.

Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church

Shakespeare's Birthplace
Stratford-upon-Avon is not just about Shakespeare. It is a delightful ancient market town with lots to interest visitors. Here's a picture of the river Avon, taken from the terrace of the RSC, where we were taking a tea break.

Find out more about Shakespeare's roots and connections with Stratford Upon Avon from my Hubpages article Shakespeares Birthplace: Stratford Upon Avon in the 21st Century