The Bards’ Birthplace

Gower memorial Stratford -

Hundreds of thousands of people pilgrimage to the small vibrant market town of Stratford every year from all parts of the world explore the vestige of the life of William Shakespeare and the legacy he left. A bountiful place to visit with its literary associations, broad streets lined with half timbered houses and Tudor architecture …

Shakespeare’s birthplace is a restored 16th-century half-timbered house with garden in Henley Street, where visitors pay homage in the very room where Shakespeare, the third of eight children, was born on or around 23rd April 1564. Multitudes of visitors journey here each year to see the oak bed and carved chest with a 17th century cradle. The house itself is atmospherically lit and furnished in the Elizabethan Style, looking very much like it did to Shakespeare. Here the Bard lived and spent his childhood years. Connected to and doubling as the main entrance the Birthplace, is the Shakespeare Centre, a museum which opened in 1964, a contrasting modern glass and concrete visitors centre. Shakespeare’s personal crest from 1596 is above and on display inside is his Folio, the first 36 plays compiled by his friends.

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World Heritage Site of The Tamar River

Plymouth -

From the barren peat and granite moorland of Dartmoor to the East, onward to the maritime nursery of Plymouth …

… the 61 mile River Tamar separates the land between Cornwall and Devon fed by its tributaries, and leading us on a journey South. A land of panoramic drama leading through a geology of mudstone, siltstone and sandstone, with whispers of iron-age life, moving Southwards to the throne of our maritime heritage. In this our third blog, we’ll start following the rivers’ passage – a reference to places of interest, before moving East to wild Dartmoor.¬† Continue reading “World Heritage Site of The Tamar River”

Arthurian Mid Cornwall – Part 2

Bodmin Moor

Devonian sandstone and slate landscape, with granite batholith …

… ¬†creates a nostalgic Cornish ambience in its middle lands, mystical echos of smugglers, legends, grand houses, wind swept moorland, tempestuous coastline and alluring villages. Seasonal variation welcomes abundant inspiration for the Kernewek¬†traveller. Do please join us as we venture further into mid Cornwall. Continue reading “Arthurian Mid Cornwall – Part 2”

Cornwall’s Granite Peninsular – Part 1


The granite land mass of Britain’s furthest Westerly point …

… has been in the dreams of most of us at some time or other, from its Southerly palm trees and sheltered coves, to the imposing black cliffs that stand guard over the Atlantic ocean in the North. Shipwrecks, smugglers and the history of the dark world of tin mining, all go to form our majestic peninsulars’ legendary stories. With the inland areas being less fertile, mining has been exploited since prehistoric times. Continue reading “Cornwall’s Granite Peninsular – Part 1”