A spring walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

This week I was lucky enough to be in Stratford-upon-Avon – a gorgeous, ancient town which is even more picturesque on a sunny spring day. Stratford is normally heaving with tourists, but head there on a weekday outside the height of summer (particularly a Monday, after the busy weekend) and you’ll almost feel like you have the place to yourself. You can do the whole Shakespeare thing (and there are plenty of excellent museums, experiences and beautiful old houses to look around – not to mention the Royal Shakespeare Company), but it’s just as rewarding to potter around the backstreets, or sip a cold drink in one of the pubs overlooking the river.

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‘… what light through yonder window breaks?’
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Clouds and blue skies over the Avon
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Beautiful cottages Stratford-upon-Avon’s Waterside – overlooking the river and near the Dirty Duck pub (try some celeb spotting there – it’s the actors’ hangout of choice)
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Different architectural styles on display opposite the RSC Theatre
High street shops tucked into creaky old timbers
This is just gorgeous, isn’t it?
Shakespeare’s Birthplace – a restored sixteenth-century, half-timbered house
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Spring is springing – lovely colours against the blue sky and terracotta chimneys
Pastel-coloured houses and old timbered frames on Rother Street
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Halls’ Croft – the home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna
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