Posted by: marymarthatours | May 24, 2010

Stratford-Upon-Avon, Stage Right

Stratford is an As-You-Like-It place to visit. Yes, Stratford is a tourist town. Yes, you are a tourist. Yes, Stratford is well worth a visit. And you will make of your visit there, just what you like.

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The Bard of Stratford Upon Avon

For our fall England in Miniature Tour we will be staying in Stratford (most folks do cut off the last two words in the proper name of the city) for two nights at the end of the tour. We think staying in Stratford and driving to Miniatura in Birmingham is ever so much nicer that staying in a Birmingham motel. And while we don’t have a free day scheduled here in the itinerary, travelers will have opportunities and options for visiting various sites in this historic location. Our hotel is located an easy walking distance from the center of town so you can spend some pre and post dinner time exploring on foot.

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Ann Hathaway’s Cottage

The itinerary plan is for us to spend the entire day on Saturday at Miniatura. On Sunday, our second day in Stratford, we will visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in the morning. Travelers can choose to remain in Stratford for a free afternoon or return to the Miniatura Show for additional time there. If Shakespeare is really your love, you might want to opt out of Miniatura for Saturday and stay in Stratford to explore the many Shakespeare sites on your own. To-go-or-not-to-go, that will be the question.

What to see and do in Stratford? How do I begin to count the . . . . Let me start with: check out the website below for a flavor of all the possibilities. On my list are: the William Shakespeare locations, antique stores, lunch at a local pub or the best fish and chips shop (it’s on Ely Street), a walk along the River Avon, brass rubbing at the Brass Rubbing Centre along the river, sitting on a bench in Bancroft Gardens at the lovely swan fountain to people watch. Sadly, a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company will not be an option, as they will be on break while we’ll there.

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Shakespeare’ Birthplace (Grant Cherrington) and Avon Canal Boats (Ken Crosby)

William Shakespeare will be the final English author we will encounter on the England in Miniature Tour — and we think we’ve saved the best for last. Your trivia question is: Name the four authors whose sites we will visit on this tour. (The first person with the correct answer will receive a prize in England while on tour.)

(by Martha)

www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk

www.miniatura.co.uk

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