The Bards’ Birthplace

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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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