Arden Way Guesthouse

22 Shipston Rd, (formerly Compton), Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7LP, United Kingdom
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River Avon Walk - part 3

by yooperprof

Good fishing here - but only for members of the local Angling Club who maintain the footpath and the fishing sites!

At the Meadow Road Bridge, I crossed over and continued along the north and west side of the Avon River path.

Sailing, rowing and launches!

by Jenniflower

The weather was a tad chilly for us to go rowing along the River Avon when we were there in early spring, but were it warmer, we would have definately done it!

There are a number of places you can hire a boat from, a favourite being Avon Boating.

You can hire self drive motor boats, go on cruises on the river Avon, go on electric boats and motor boats, go on vintage passenger launches, rowing, punting and canoeing!

Whatever you prefer, do try to do one of these. We went on a barge cruise ourself and thoroughly enjoyed it :)

Holy Trinity Church 3: the misericordes

by leics

You'll have to pay 1.50GBP to enter the chancel, where Shakespeare is buried.

It's worth it just to see the wonderful Medieval misericordes in the chancel choir.

Misericordes are little ledges at the bottom of seats, provided for weary and/or old monks to rest their buttocks during long masses and services.

The Holy Trinity ones are the original Medieval misericordes (in many English churches they have disappeared because of rot, woodworm, 'renovations' etc). All 26 are entirely fascinating, and beautifully carved.

Look for the camel, and the woman beating her husband over the head with a saucepan (whilst hanging onto his beard), and the bat-like creatures, and the horned head.....many pagan symbols there, which is not at all unusual in an English Medieval church.

It's worth visiting this church just for the misericordes: they were the highlight of my afternoon in Stratford. There is a travelogue about them here:

Shakespeare's birthplace

by Rachael71

Most people visit Stratford to see the place where Shakespeare was born, and it is well worth spending an hour or two here. It has been open to the public since the 19th century, when a group of devotees (including Charles Dickens) raised the money to buy the house for the nation, as it was apparently at risk of being purchased by PT Barnum and taken brick by brick to America!

Before you reach the house, there is an interesting exhibition about Shakespeare's life, both in Stratford with his family as a child, and later in London when he was enjoying success with the King's Men (a theatre company). This insight into life in the late 16th century puts the house and its set-up into context. The rooms are furnished as they would have been when William was a boy, with even his father's glove-making workshop re-created on the ground floor. The guides in each room will answer any questions you have, and there are written guides in several languages that you can take around with you.

In 2006 entry to the house cost £7 per adult. You can buy a ticket that admits you to several properties associated with Shakespeare at a discount, but it would be difficult to visit all of these in a day - better to make the most of one place than rush around them all.

Bancroft Gardens

by evaanna

Beautifully laid out, Bancroft Gardens stretch from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on one side to the Gower Memorial on the other. On a Saturday morning when we went there the gardens were full of people, locals and tourists alike, watching the colourful narrow-boats moored in the canal basin, sitting on the banks or stopping on the footbridge to watch the water fowl, but the largest crowd gathered near the water's edge to feed the swans and ducks. The gardens attract street performers too and are a great place where to spend a sunny morning or afternoon with the whole family.


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