All the World’s A Stage (Day 2)

Day 2 of All the World’s A Stage sees Shakespeare taking us round Stratford-upon-Avon for another experience in literary history. If you missed Day 1, click here.

Stop 10: Nash’s House and the Dig Shakespeare exhibition. Do I dig Shakespeare? I certainly do! This site is really important for Shakespeare enthusiasts as right next to Nash’s House (that’s Thomas Nash, first husband to Shakespeare’s granddaughter), stood New Place. All that remains of New Place today is an archaeological dig site and beautiful gardens. The original house was owned by Shakespeare after he established himself. This is also where he wrote many of his later plays. It is also where he died.

Nash's House and Dig Shakespeare

Nash's House and Dig Shakespeare

The Stunning Gardens at Nash's House

The Stunning Gardens at Nash's House

Shakespeare explaining the dig signs

Shakespeare explaining the dig signs

The dig site and old foundations of New Place

The dig site and old foundations of New Place

Stop 11: The next shop we visited is odd for Stratford – it would be more fitting in Oxford. The shop, called The Museum of Wizardology, is not to be missed by witches, wizards and muggles alike. How fitting that we went just after the release of Harry Potter 7! In any case, it’s a charming shop, museum and cafe in one, which serves up a nice butter beer on rainy days.

Butter Beer in Stratford

Butter Beer in Stratford

Inside The Wizardology Museum

Inside The Wizardology Museum

Stop 12: The Tower of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Now, you saw this in the background of one photo from the last post, but now you get to see the view! It’s beautiful!

The River Avon from the RSC

The River Avon from the RSC

Shakespeare and hometown

Shakespeare and hometown

Stratford Sunday Market

Stratford Sunday Market

Stop 13: A walk around the interior of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The RSC

The RSC

Shakespeare Projections on the Wall ("Billy")

Shakespeare Projections on the Wall ("Billy")

Stop 14: A walk about town and a river cruise on the Avon.

The real Swan Lake!

The real Swan Lake!

Shakespeare Driving the Boat

Shakespeare Driving the Boat

Stop 15: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage; my favourite of the houses. The gardens here are stunning and the woodland walk is so relaxing. It’s worth the trek outside of Stratford.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage Gardens

Anne Hathaway's Cottage Gardens

Shakespeare taking a break on the woodland walk

Shakespeare taking a break on the woodland walk

Well, that’s it my friends. Shakespeare says “parting is such sweet sorrow” (Romeo and Juliet), but he wanted me to leave you with some of the Billy animations he stars in that project onto the wall of the RSC:

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