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Stratford-upon-Avon from "The sketch book": Washington Irving

"I had come to Stratford on a poetical pilgrimage. My first visit was to the house where Shakespeare was born, and where, according to tradition, he was brought up to his father's craft of wool-combing. It is a small mean-looking edifice of wood and plaster, a true nestling-place of genius, which seems to delight in hatching its offspring in by-corners. The walls of its squalid chambers are covered with names and inscriptions in every language, by pilgrims of all nations, ranks, and conditions, from the prince to the peasant; and present a simple, but striking instance of the spontaneous and universal homage of mankind to the great poet of nature."

Some of the best Stratford attractions......

Historical Property: Shakespeare's Birthplace
Historical Property: Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Historical Property: Harvard House
Historical Property: Hall's Croft
Historical Property: Mary Arden's House

Travel available from Rail Europe......

Chilton Railways offers some non stop trains to Stratford-upon-Avon from London Marylebone with a journey time of about 2 hours 20 minutes. Stratford-upon-Avon Railway Station is a short walk from Shakespeare's birthplace. For non residents rail passes are available from Rail Europe for Britain as well as the rest of Europe. Rail Europe offers rail station to station ticketing and coach tours including the following:

Stratford, Oxford and Warwick Castle with Lunch

Stratford-upon-Avon City Sightseeing Tour

London to Stratford Upon Avon

Prime Stratford Accommodations from Expedia......

Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa And Golf Club

Ettington Park Hotel

Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel

The Stratford - QHotels

Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel
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