The Birthplace Of Shakespeare
The area, which is called the birthplace of Shakespeare, is located between London and Birmingham, 150 km from the British capital. This area, including the hometown of Shakespeare Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick castle and the former Royal resort of lemington is interesting not only for fans of the great poet, but also for everyone who wants to see and feel the real life of the English province with its age-old foundations. The center of the historic district – Stratford – has not changed much since 1564, when the house of the local glove John Shakespeare was born the first of his eight children, named William. The house of John Shakespeare, which became a Museum 200 years ago, is perfectly preserved. Guides in old clothes professionally staged “theatrical” voices tell tourists about the creative path of the “great bard”, spend on the old rooms with low ceilings, one of which is the cradle of little William, show a large window to the street – directly from his father the poet sold his very expensive at the time “leather goods”.
Another place of pilgrimage for tourists – located a few kilometers from the house of the poet’s wife – Annie Hathaway, where she was born, and where William in 18 years made an offer to a girl who was older than him by 8 years. However, the guides do not hide the fact that in the relations of the great poet and his wife there was little romanticism – here, in the Museum, you can see the will of the poet, where he distributes all his considerable property, bequeathing to his wife only… “second best bed”. Shakespeare found eternal rest also in Stratford, at the altar of the Church of the Holy Trinity, standing on the quiet shore of Avon. In total, there are six memorable places associated with Shakespeare in Stratford – you can visit them all by purchasing a single ticket worth 13 pounds. In the evening, after touring the museums and walking through the streets of the city, tourists usually go in the modern Royal Shakespeare theatre, where every evening are representations of the plays of the great Stratford. And these performances are so popular that it is almost impossible to buy a ticket before the performance, and most of the spectators specially come to the performances from London. Performances begin at 19.30 PM, and an hour before the performance and after it, the actors and the audience meet to talk and drink beer in a traditional English pub Dirty Duck (“Dirty duck”) in front of the theater.
In the vicinity of Stratford is the picturesque Royal castle of Warwick. Its construction began in 945, and its present appearance it acquired in the XIV century a Quarter century ago, well-preserved castle, standing in the middle of a traditional English Park, was sold to the company “Tussauds group”. Today, it recreates the life of a medieval castle – with wax figures depicting soldiers, commoners and noble knights of the era of the war of the Roses. And recreated not only the figures of the inhabitants of the castle, but also the sounds of a bygone era and even the smells – including not the most pleasant. And on the upper floors of the restored atmosphere of luxurious Victorian England, when one of the hot summer evenings in 1898 to visit the Countess Daisy Warwick gathered all the light of the then British society. The cost of a ticket to the castle and all its exhibitions – 14 pounds, and in the summer you can see the real jousting tournaments.