Stratford on Avon: Home of the Bard
Taking advantage of a cheap hotel deal we went to Stratford on Avon for a couple of days. We did the usual tourist things and took the usual snaps which are here for you to see. Even without the William Shakespeare connection it is a very pretty place with many 15th and 16th Century buildings.
William Shakespeare's birth place. I did not know until this trip that his father was Lord Mayor of Stratford. William was a very well educated man, versed in Latin and the classics.
The Garrick. Reported to be the oldest inn in Stratford. Its history going back to Shakespeare's time.
Details of the carvings on the front of the Garrick.
This building became the Mercure Hotel. Very expensive.
Another Olde Inne, the Falcon
The Alms Houses
Despite all the olde worlde charm Stratford is a busy bustling town. One of the greatest assets is the River Avon and the parkland that surrounds it where you can find street entertainers and brass band concerts.
There is a complex of docks as this is where the Grand Union Canal joins the river Avon. Some of the canal boats are permanently moored art and craft galleries. The week end after we were there is a River Festival.
This view of the riverside was taken on a boat trip on the Avon. We were glad to be getting back looking at the sky. However, nothing came of it.
There are many beautiful scenes on the river and you can hire rowing and motor boats.
A very tranquil scene heading down river with the spire of the Church of the Holy Trinity peeking from above the trees.
A better view of the church. We visited the following day on foot but it was closed.
The lock that takes you past the double weirs.
The difference in height is about 5-6 feet. A novel experience for many passengers on the tour boat.
We walked the 3.5 mile 'circular route' down one side of the river and back on the other side before breakfast on Monday morning. i have never seen so many Swans. Most of the tourists share their alfresco lunch with them. As a consequence if you approach the waters edge they come from all directions. A great place to visit
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