With your private guide enjoy a leisurely drive through rolling countryside to the north
west of London taking us to “the forest of Arden” in Warwickshire,
where William Shakespeare grew up and whose woods, cottages and
country characters provided inspiration for much of his writing.
Although Shakespeare left Stratford as a young man, to pursue life
as an actor and writer in London, he kept his family home in the
place of his birth, returned constantly during his lifetime, and
retired there in his middle years, a prosperous country gentleman.
He is buried in the pretty parish church where he was christened.
In this day-long exploration, we will begin at the pretty cottage
where William courted Anne Hathaway – a picture perfect thatched
farmhouse in a delightful cottage garden. Then we visit the simple
house in Henley Street where he was born – now part of an international
centre for Shakespeare scholarship, with a wonderful museum.
A riverside stroll by the Avon takes us past the Shakespeare Memorial
Theatre to Holy Trinity church where the playwright was baptised
and is buried. There is much more to see in Stratford-upon-Avon;
among many fine, timbered houses is the Harvard House, once home
to John Harvard’s mother and now owned by the University, and Hall’s
Croft, where Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna lived with her successful
Perhaps you would like us to drive you the 3 miles to pretty Wilmcote to visit the Tudor farmhouse where his mother,
Mary Arden grew up. Stratford is a delightful place to spend an unhurried afternoon; browse among the bookshops, stroll past the
Guildhall and the old grammar-school where Shakespeare studied, down to the river to feed the swans.
The White Swan – affectionately known as the Dirty Duck – is one of many possibilities for a leisurely lunch, and delicious tea-shops abound. And of course, in season,
we can usually arrange tickets for a play – the perfect way to complete a day in Shakespeare’s Stratford.
Make the day special and include nearby Warwick Castle. Including
Warwick castle is ideal for families, your guide can explain the
gory details of medieval life and give you an insight into medieval
battle and castle design. Birds of prey, archery and combat exhibitions
are all part of the program during the Spring and Summer. Luxury
Vacations UK offer private driver-guided
tours to the Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle.