We visited Stratford-upon-Avon mainly to see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre (not a Shakespeare play, but similarly old). While there we also visited various tourist attractions.


After checking into our accommodation, we went for a short walk along the river.

Boathouse sheds.
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Barge ‘Cammell’.
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Colin P. Witter Lock in the River Avon, with unusual steel-girder supports.
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Graffiti and reflected sunlight under road bridge.
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Interesting round building in park.
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Corner of RSC complex.
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Sunday morning

We visited Shakespeare’s House. This was originally several houses, which were knocked together, then later converted into a pub, before being turned into a tourist attraction. There’s also a modern building next door with an exhibition. (All the Shakespeare-related museums are owned by the same charity; you can get a single ticket to see all of them.)

Nice paintwork and pottery.
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Fancy ceiling.
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Less fancy ceiling.
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Even less fancy stairs.
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View outside (from garden).
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In the garden there were a couple of actors providing a Shakespeare-on-demand service (we didn’t request anything). We also found, unexpectedly, a sculpture commemorating Rabindranath Tagore, a famous Bengali poet.

Sunday afternoon

We took a walk along the canal to Mary Arden’s Farm, another Shakespeare-related attraction.

Dolphin Fish Bar. (And, presumably, 32B.)
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Cranes by canal.
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Cheerful growling monster face in canal piling.
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Pink bridge.
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Grey-blue and red bridge.
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Looking down into one of the locks.
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Nice tree (1).
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Bridge over lock end, made in two halves so a towing rope can pass between.
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Blue house.
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The farm itself is quite fun - they have demos of falconry, archery, Tudor table manners, that sort of thing. We saw a tame owl and had an interesting guided tour of the farmhouse where Mary Arden (Shakespeare’s mum) lived. The best fact is that for decades historians misidentified it, assuming the it was an older-looking building on the site. But dating the timbers showed that the older-looking building isn’t actually old enough.

I think this is part of a cider press.
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Trees, shadows, roof.
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We went back by train from the very pretty Wilmcote Station.

View from station footbridge.
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Peach-coloured light on the station building.
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Sunday evening

A hill nearby has a large obelisk, and we took a short walk up to see it.

Bright blue graffiti tag on gates.
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Barred windows by canal.
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Obelisk (commemorating a 19th century politician named Mark Philips).
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Monumental shadow.
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Sun behind obelisk.
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Nice tree (2).
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Tree, cable, and obelisk.
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Steps down under bridge by canal lock.
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We ate at a restaurant, then I took a few more pictures on the way back to our guesthouse.

Postbox and stripey wall.
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Oxfam shop with patterns and reflections.
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Market square clock tower.
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We went to see Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where Shakespeare’s wife lived before she married him. It has a nice garden.

Police station on the way (not really, that’s a more modern building behind).
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Original floor in cottage.
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Red bed.
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View onto garden.
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Electric light on a wooden chair.
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Interior woodwork.
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Circular sculpture in front of cottage.
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Sculpture in sculpture garden.
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R sitting in willow seat where you can listen to Shakespeare clips.
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We went back into town and visited a non-Shakespeare-related museum: the Mechanical Art and Design museum. It’s a small but fun museum with lots of weird moving sculpture things, many of the sort where ball bearings run down channels.

This rotates - one part rakes the sand smooth while the other part prints a message into it.
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Finally we had a look at a few other buildings around town.

Black and white alleyway.
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Reflections in the windows of HSBC.
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Corner of the art deco cinema.
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