We arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon early Sunday morning, well refreshed from our recharge days in Birmingham, ready to tackle the quiet, charming English town.
After checking-in at our little B&B, which also had an awesome English Breakfast, we made the 15-minute walk into town for a casual stroll alongside the River Avon and to get a little taste of this famously charming town. We walked down streets lined with original Tudor homes, churches and schools that dated back to the 1600s, and some of the oldest pubs in Western England; it was quintessential England. We also spent a considerable amount of time soaking up the sunshine on the banks of the River Avon as we watched the seemingly endless column of swans and geese float right on by. Before we knew it, it was already 8PM, the day fading, and the call of the pub was too strong to resist.
For our second day in Stratford-upon-Avon we went on a walking tour of the town’s centre, led by a debonair old chap, who seemingly had an amusing anecdote and tidbits from the origins of various Shakespearean phrases to the gossip and rumours about past residents of Stratford-upon-Avon as we walked on by their former homes. Obviously, there was a heavy Shakespeare component to the tour as we visited his birth place and the house in which he died, and the various homes of his children and grandchildren, who we learned were the last of Shakespeare’s direct line. We even visited the Holy Trinity Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare’s church, where, as one could assume, the bard’s remains were interred – along with some other notable residents who had paid their way in to spend forever next to the great Shakespeare.
After our tour concluded, we enjoyed some more time strolling about the city centre and along the River Avon past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and meandering back and forth over the bridges and through the well-groomed parks, until, once again, it was time for a pint and some fine pub grub.
The next day we were up and moving early to catch our train north to Edinburgh and Scotland.