It’s well known that William Shakespeare was born and lived in Stratford-Upon-Avon and it’s nice that the town hasn’t gone overboard with that fact. Oh wait, it has. A lot like Michelangelo’s David in Florence or the Loch Ness monster in Scotland, Stratford has Shakespeare on everything. From cuff links to ice creams and baby grows to rubber ducks, ye cannot escape the Bard.
The main things to visit in Stratford-Upon-Avon include Shakespeare’s birth place, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Shakespeare’s new place and Shakespeare’s mother’s farm. Oh and there’s also a nice big river that you can hire a single engine speed boat on. It was £22 for half an hour, so not the steal of the century but still lots of fun.
Dogs Over Humans
Just a short walk from the main high street is a pub called Keys and Kitchen that has a sign on the door that says “Humans allowed only if all the dogs agree”. A pub after my own heart, dogs first and humans don’t even appear on the list. The place was a great example of why humans don’t appear on my list. When we first visited the pub for lunch a gaggle of older drunken women came in and got lairy, waaaaaaay.
Later on that night we returned to the pub to see the band “boogies boys” more like “boogie granddads and their sister”. The music was good and the BO from the men was repugnant. They had good beer and dogs though so not all bad.
Sod All Else To Do
Stratford-Upon-Avon is very pretty and we had a great time at the Mechanical Art & Design museum and drinking in the pubs. We also enjoyed looking around the weekend market where we bought some great value fudge for £600 a square. But apart from Shakespeare, amazing 2nd hand book shops and drinking there’s not much else to do…
The day after we visited Stratford we ventured into Birmingham, now that was a culture shock.