As You Like It Cottage is ideally placed to enjoy all that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer – all within easy walking distance from the cottage. Further afield Stratford is central for visiting and enjoying all that Warwickshire, the Cotswolds, and Oxfordshire have to offer.
The half timbered house where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 is Stratford’s most cherished historic place; his descendants lived there until the nineteenth century. Opens daily, tours start in the Birthplace which contains an exhibition of the poet’s life, William Shakespeare: His Life & Background. Then carry on through the house, which is furnished in Tudor period style with many historic manuscripts and books.
Ann Hathaway’s Cottage
The perfect Tudor English cottage. Ann Hathaway lived here before marrying Shakespeare in 1582. Set beside a small stream in Shottery, this house shows how people in Tudor England lived, also has superb gardens, a maze and a gift shop.
New Place / Nash’s House
Shakespeare’s home from 1597 until his death in 1616, was pulled down in the eighteenth century but its foundations and grounds can be seen, including a beautiful Elizabethan-style knott garden. Entry is via the Tudor Nash’s House, which contains exceptional furnishings of Shakespeare’s period. Upstairs, there is an exhibition dealing with the history of Stratford-upon-Avon before and after Shakespeare.
One of the best preserved Tudor houses in Britain. An impressive tudor house where Shakespeare’s eldest daughter (Susanna) lived with her doctor husband. It is near to Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. On display are outstanding sixteenth and seventeenth century furniture and paintings, and an exhibition about Dr Hall and the medicine of his time. A beautiful garden and cosy tea room.
Holy Trinity Church
On banks of the River Avon, a grand medieval church where Shakespeare is buried. A beautiful and tranquil place to sit, relax and watch the boats on the river.
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
On the riverside with lovely gardens and gift shop, probably the world’s most important and best known Theatre. Interesting for everyone, even if they don’t know much about Shakespeare.
A must see for all American visitors, this was the home of John Harvard founder of the famous Harvard University. A lovely Tudor house with an interesting exhibition of pewter.
Other Places of Interest nearby are:
The Cotswolds, Broadway, Snowshill, Chipping Campden, Evesham. Warwick Castle, Charlecote Manor, Compton Verney Art Gallery. Mary Arden’s House, Hidcote Gardens, Alcester and Ragely Hall.