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    Gorgeous Tudor houses

    by evaanna Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The streets of Stratford-upon-Avon abound in gorgeous Tudor half-timbered houses. The timber patterns on them are not always made up of straight lines, the most interesting ones have curves and form complicated designs. The house next to Harvard House is one of them, it is now the Garrick Inn, named so after one of the best known Shakespearian actors. To its left is the beautiful ornate house with Pizza Hut on the ground floor. I wish all Pizza Huts looked like this. In the other picture you can see the Shakespeare Hostelrie, also timber-framed and forming a long line of gables. Don't be misled by their sign to think it's a hostel, 'hostelrie' is an archaic or humorous word for an inn or pub, and the place is simply a hotel.

    Timber-framed houses in High Street Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
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    Walk around

    by Mique Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    Fondest memory: On the maps that are scattered over town you can find a nice walk along the Avon. It covers both sides of the river. We did start on this walk but got sidetracked by the Cox's Yard and the morris dancers... So of this whole walk we actually only made it across the bridge...

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    Street Entertainers

    by Watsoncomper Written Jan 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: All through the year but particularly in the summer there are a number of street entertainers around Stratford.

    Waterside and the open park are particularly popular with many impromptu acts to entertain the visitors.

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    Riverside Park

    by tvor Written Jul 23, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Flower Beds, benches, William Shakespeare memorial, walks along the river. There's a main tourist information center here that has or at least used to have the American Express office in it as well. The lamp posts along the park have whimsical sculptures of Shakespeare characters. The river has swans swimming along it and you can get a water ferry or book a riverboat cruise. There's a footbride across the water as well. Good place to get your visitor information.

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    Hall's Croft

    by yooperprof Written Jan 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Tudor house with ample connections to the Shakespeare family. William's elder daughter Susannah married its owner, Dr. John Hall, in 1607. Presently the house contains 17th century paintings and furniture which would have been appropriate for someone of the Hall's status in Jacobean England. Also information about the esoteric practice of medecine during Renaissance England. Later, after Shakespeare's death Dr. and Mrs. Hall moved from this residence to Shakespeare's own accomodation, New Place, which had been left to Susannah after Will's death.

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    Shakespeare

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and spent the early and late parts of his life here. The Shakespeare Birthplace trust have restored his birthplace, and the homes of his mother, wife, and daughter and these are now all musuems open to the public. The birthpalce is probably the most interesting - primarily as it is adjacent to the excellent visitor centre.

    Shakespear'se Birthplace

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    Old Buildings

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Stratford has a very old world feel to it and I liked the way most of the shops and buildings have retained their original look. The architecture and look of Barclays Bank (pictured), Pizza Hut, Cafe Costa and other businesses fitted in nicely with the more historic buildings in the town.

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    Stratford-upon-Avon

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 28, 2014

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    Favorite thing: We spent half a day in Stratord-upon-Avon in May of 2004 when we made a trip along the United Kingdom on the way from Warwick to Stonehenge.
    Unfortunately it was all day raining and it was almost impossible to take photos and videos.
    Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, it lies on the River Avon.
    The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It receives about 5 million visitors a year from all over the world.

    You can watch my 0 min 52 sec Video Stratford-upon-Avon out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Gower Memorial (Shakespeare)

    by yooperprof Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Gower Memorial (to the Bard) is in Bancroft Gardens, right on the Avon. Lord Ronald Gower, a late 19th century aristocrat and amateur sculptor (and friend of Oscar Wilde), was commissioned by Stratford's town fathers to create a sculpural group commemorating the Bard.

    Practice makes perfect? youth in the garden Alas, poor Yorick Out, damned spot!
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    Eating on the go

    by originalribenababy Written Oct 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I only got to spend a day here summer 2006 but I would suggest buying produce off the local street market sellers as a quick, cheap alternative for lunch. I bought loads of fruit and tomatoes (loving food anyway!) from one seller and happily sat in the sunshine watching the swans.

    Sellers can be found all around the town in summer, and prices are usually reasonable, makes you feel better than pouring money into a supermarket or chain restaurant as well :)

    Fondest memory: Eating beautiful mini tomatoes in the sunshine on the green :)

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    Having fun!

    by Jenniflower Updated May 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We both enjoy a good explore!

    The houses in Stratford are great for exploring, especially those that are a little larger and where there sin't a guide in every room, watching your every step!

    Hall's Croft was our favourite one for exploring, it's sprawling inside and out, and, because there weren't tons of people here, we felt we could take our time to explore.

    We were also allowed to take photos inside which was great, as the others do not allow this.

    Go for a barge ride, a walk in the beautiful Riverside and Bancroft Gardens... and above all, enjoy :)

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    It's spring and the flowers are a'bloomn'!

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We went in spring, the blossoms were out in full bloom as were the colourful flower beds!

    This is a stunning time to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, not only because it is a beautiful time of year for the flowers, but because

    (a) there are other people there but it isn't too crowded, as it does get in summer when the hordes arrive!, and

    (b) even though it is spring, not summer, and there is a chill in the air, the skies were blue, perfect for picture taking!

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    Gower Memorial

    by Jenniflower Written May 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This is quite a large and comical memorial statue!

    I have put this particular part of the statue as the main picture as it is quite comical.. it shows a figure picking his nose in true Shakesperian fashion! :)

    The next photo shows the memorial in it's entirety and then the other three show three more figures, Shakespeare (sitting on the top of the memorial) being one of them. and the other two, characters out of his plays.

    The characters shown are Hamlet (Philosophy), Prince Hal (History), Falstaff (Comedy) and Lady Macbeth (Tragedy). The figures are in bronze and have superb facial expressions and gestures.

    It stands in Bancroft Gardens, by the barges, and was presented to the town by Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower, in 1888.

    On it, as is the way of the majority of the statues and fountains found in Stratford-upon-Avon, is a quote from one of Shakespeare's plays:
    'Consideration like an angel came, and whipt the offending adam out of him'

    A delightful memorial statue indeed!

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    Amazing doors and knockers!

    by Jenniflower Updated May 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I have had this fascination for doors and knockers for many years!

    The door could be modern and hi-tech, or ancient and falling apart, whether in a museum or a ruin, if it has character and something 'different' about it, then I am intrigued.

    Fondest memory: Stratford-upon-Avon did not disappoint here.

    There were so many doors that are absolutely seeping with character and a 'story' here! Many of them are small and one has to bow one's head a bit to get in. Trinity Cathedral also had this, even I, who am a shorty, had to bend down a bit to enter! The small door was part of a huge door though.

    All-in-all, a very enjoyable time was had here, and I was well pleased with the doors and knockers and history!

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    The meaning of it all

    by Jenniflower Updated May 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: It's quite easy to get caught up in the lovely character of the town, the charm of the architecture, the beauty of the River Avon... one needs to remember though what this town is about and why it is so well known.

    Much of this town is dedicated to the memory of a man who had an enormous impact on English literature.

    His life may have been over many years ago, but to me his memory if very much a living one, every time I read one of his poems, sonnets or plays, he comes alive!

    I learnt a lot about him at school, where we studied one play a year, and think it is a pity that many schools no longer do this.

    Here is a man with an unsurpassed talent and depth. Sitting in your bookshelf.

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