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Anne Hathaway's Cottage, I mile west of the town, was the home of Shakespeare's wife before she married. It is actually a spacious 16th/17th century farmhouse standing in beautiful gardens
Charlecote Park, 5 miles east, is famous as a legendary deer poaching venue in Shakespeare's youth. The house, built in 1558, is now run by the National Trust
Guild Chapel and Guildhall: built for the Guild of the Holy Cross. The original Guildhall has housed the Grammar School since 1553 and the adjoining almshouses were for the poor and elderly of the town
Hall's Croft: the home of Dr John Hall, a successful medical practitioner, who married Shakespeare's daughter Susanna in 1607
Harvard House: the home of Katherine Rogers, mother of John Harvard whose legacy, inherited from his mother, founded America's first university (which now owns the building)
Hidcote Manor, 11 miles south west of Stratford, is a beautiful stone manor house, owned by the National Trust, with one of the most beautiful gardens in England.
Holy Trinity Church: one of England's most beautiful parish churches. Shakespeare's grave is in the chancel and there is a monument close by, erected shortly after his death.
Mary Arden's House, 3 miles north at Wilmcote, is a fascinating Tudor farmhouse, the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother, Mary

Nash's House: once the property of Thomas Nash, husband of Shakespeare's grand-daughter, Elizabeth Hall, is now a museum of the history of Stratford.
New Place: is the site of the house which Shakespeare bought in 1597 following his success in the London theatre. He spent his retirement years in New Place and died here in 1616.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
: home to the internationally renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Work on the transformation of the Theatre is scheduled to start in Spring 2007 following the RSC’s year-long Complete Works festival. The Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres will re-open in 2010. Meanwhile, the RSC will continue performing in Stratford throughout the transformation at a new, temporary venue, The Courtyard Theatre.
Shakespeare's Birthplace: typical of local construction in the 16th century, with its oak timbers, wattle and daub walls, and stone floors. The property has been carefully restored over recent years.
Shakespeare Centre: this dramatic modern building overlooks the garden of Shakespeare's Birthplace. It was built in 1964 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the poet's birth and serves as headquarters for the Birthplace Trust

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At the heart of England, on the edge of the Cotswold Hills, lies Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire's oldest market town. The world renowned poet and playwright, William Shakespeare, was born and is buried here. The area is steeped in history with many ancient monuments, castles, gardens and stately homes to see.

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William Shakespeare was born in the house in Henley Street on St George's Day (23 April) 1564, the eldest son of John Shakespeare, a glover, and his wife, Mary Arden, a farmer's daughter. Little is known for certain about Shakespeare's childhood but, with the direct knowledge of classical Latin demonstrated in his works, it is very likely that he attended the Grammar School, particularly as his father was a bailiff (mayor) of Stratford, an alderman and a Justice of the Peace.