Stratford-upon-Avon was everything I expected it to be. Quaint, English and full of Shakespeare. It was almost like being in a Shakespeare theme park. Our first day, we walked along the canal to Holy Trinity Church to see Shakespeare’s grave.

The next morning, we began our sightseeing at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (after a quick pat of a horse on the way). The photos I’d seen of the cottage showed heaving flower beds filled with colourful blooms. So beautiful!  Of course, visiting in February, these beds were empty and bleak and the trees in the forest walk bare. A shame, because I think the gardens really add to the charm of the thatched roofed cottage.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is a 20 minute walk from the town centre, so after we finished there, we made our way back to see the other houses. I think Shakespeare’s birthplace was my favourite. I like that it’s still right in the middle of one of the main streets. I didn’t think much of New Place, because it isn’t Shakespeare’s house, just the site at which it stood.