Stratford-upon-Avon audio tour: Shakespeare’s Birthplace: An Introduction to 16th Century Stratford-Upon-Avon

Shakespeare’s Birthplace: An Introduction to 16th Century Stratford-Upon-Avon

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1.4mi

About the Tour

Step inside the world of the immortal ‘Bard of Avon’ as I take you on a journey back to 16th Century Stratford. On this walking tour, I’ll tell you all about Shakespeare's birthplace and what it was like around the time he was born. We’ll explore the places connected to Shakespeare’s life as a young boy and find out what motivated him to leave his hometown at just 21.

On this tour we’ll walk the full length of Stratford’s River Avon, taking in the peace, serenity and beauty while we attempt to uncover the secrets behind his plays. We’ll pass The Royal Shakespeare Theatre on our way to see the church where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried today. There you’ll hear about the curse he planted on his own tomb! Other highlights on this tour include stories from the playwright’s school days and walking past his first and last homes.

If you’re a big Shakespeare fan (which I assume you are!) this is the ideal tour for you. Please allow up to 30 minutes for our walk, and extra time if you want to go inside any of the attractions I mention along the way. The tour ends just a stone’s throw from where it starts so anything you see won’t be too far away to visit once you’re done. You’ll also learn about my favourite places to eat and drink towards the end of the tour.

Tour Producer

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Oz Harris

Hey I'm Oz and I'm a tour guide from London. I've been guiding private tours around England for over 10 years, ever since attaining my history degree at Royal Holloway University. I love telling historical stories and providing context to enlighten people about England's fascinating past. If you want to hear some of my stories, tune into my VoiceMap for some guided walks around England's top tourist destinations.

Major Landmarks

  • Shakespeare's Birthplace

  • The River Avon

  • The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

  • The Holy Trinity Church

  • Halls Croft

  • The King Edward VI School

  • New Place

Directions to Starting Point

This tour begins at the top of Henley Street. If you can't see a statue of The Jester in the middle of the street, you're probably standing at the wrong end! Once you can see the jester, feel free to start your audio tour.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

You can choose to stop and see Shakespeare's Birthplace, The MAD Museum, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Holy Trinity Church or New Place on this tour. Alternatively, you may want to do the whole tour and return to these sights later.

If you're looking for a nice place for a coffee before the tour starts, The Planetarium is a nice little cafe. If you're hungry or want a coffee/bite to eat at the end of the tour, Honey Blue and/or The Vintner would be my preferred places to stop.

Best time of day

This tour is best to do in daylight hours. Depending on the season, you can choose to walk on the grass of the park by The River Avon or stick to the pavement.

Precautions

If the tour is dark, I'd recommend sticking to the pavement instead of walking around the graveyard. If you have a torch, feel free to walk around the graveyard if it's open, but there is no street lighting in the park and by the river.

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace: An Introduction to 16th Century Stratford-Upon-Avon