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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2012
Active RetireesTM | 23 tRAveL inteRnAtionAL S tratford-upon-Avon is a magnet for tourists and locals alike, especially in summer when the River Avon beckons for boating and scenic walks along its banks. I found the early mornings of a northern hemisphere summer lovely to walk around in, and accommodation in the heart of Stratford put me on the spot for everything from theatre visits to a Ghost Walk and visiting the Shakespeare property collection. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust manages five properties, all beautifully preserved and offering insight into life in the times of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). The Bard’s birthplace itself is always busy, as is the thatched cottage at Shottery that was once the family home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. The garden surrounding the Shottery cottage is abundantly coloured and the house oozes history and charm, with all the trappings of late -16th century life. All in the family Two stops do not make an adventure though! Skip through an elaborate Elizabethan knot garden before wandering around the ground floor of Nash’s House, one-time home of Thomas Nash, a wealthy local and first husband of Shakespeare’s granddaughter, which is now a well-preserved, faithfully furnished Tudor home. Next door, the foundations of New Place are the site of a tourist-friendly archaeological dig and the final home of William Shakespeare. The home was purchased after » The faithfully restored homes and glorious gardens of the Shakespeare family are never better than when viewed under a kind summer sun, writes Alison Plummer. A midsummer’s dream R Shottery cottage, Anne Hathaway's family home. Thinkstock
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