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Stratford-Upon-Avon is most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. As such there are plenty of attractions devoted to him which attract many tourists each year. Aside from tributes to the literary genius, Stratford has much to offer in terms of countryside, art, and history.
Shakespeare’s birthplace is one of the most famous landmarks in Britain. Furnished with Elizabethan furniture, the Visitor’s Centre also has an exhibition which details Shakespeare’s life. Shakespearience is a tour which recounts the life of the writer with modern technology and special effects. Historic locations in Stratford are featured, and Shakespeare’s voice is portrayed by an actor. Highlights of some of his most famous plays are also part of the tour.
His burial place can be seen at the Holy Trinity Church, which has also become a place of pilgrimage for fans. Though admission to the church is free, those wishing to see his grave are requested to make a donation.
Another tour is provided in the shape of the Falstaffs Experience, which takes place in the supposedly haunted Shrieves House Barn. The tour covers the history of Stratford; there is also a night version featuring a medium.
The famous Teddy Bear Museum recounts – you guessed it – the history of the teddy bear, and contains the bears once owned by Barbara Cartland, and quite bizarrely, Edwina Currie and Jeffrey Archer. Famous bears Sooty, Pudsey, and Paddington Bear are all featured here.
Finally, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is worth a visit, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. The venue itself is a Grade II listed building.