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Introducing Stratford-upon-Avon

Few towns are so dominated by one man’s legacy as Stratford is by a certain William Shakespeare, who was born here more than four centuries ago. Prepare to jostle for elbow room with coachloads of tourists in the antique houses associated with England’s most famous wordsmith – certainly during summer and on most weekends. But if you choose your time, this pretty, historic market town should definitely be on your ‘to visit’ list: be sure to take in a play if you’re hitting the Shakespeare trail. It is also a handy base for exploring the mighty Warwick and Kenilworth Castles and the picturesque Cotswold countryside.