Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and follow in his footsteps as you explore the place where he grew up. Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life and get up close to rare objects from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today. Feel transported back in time as you learn of how Shakespeare and his family spent their lives in this house – the largest on its street at the time. Wander the gardens as you picture a young Shakespeare who once lived here.
Head to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the beautiful 500-year-old cottage where Shakespeare once courted his bride-to-be. Admire the house’s original furniture – including the Hathaway bed, as you uncover five centuries and 13 generations of stories held within these picturesque cottage walls.
Drive to the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm – the largest and most comprehensive attraction of its type in Europe. Delve into the large greenhouse that these beautiful critters call home. Admire hundreds of exotic butterflies from all over the world, as you take in waterfalls, ponds and a wide variety of tropical plants. Observe the amazing life-cycles of these fascinating creatures first-hand in the Caterpillar Room. See the weird and wacky at Insect City, where you can find stick insects, beatles, leaf-cutting ants and many more remarkable creatures. If you’re feeling bold, head to Arachnoland to get up close and personal with the deadly and dangerous. Home of the world’s largest spider, a scorpion colony and other spinners of webs and dealers of deaths, this place is sure to get your heart racing.
Head to the Mill Garden – a half-acre informal cottage garden, originally created by Arthur Measures – that lies in a superbly serene setting beneath the walls of Warwick Castle and beside the River Avon. Follow winding paths that lead through a delightful abundance of beautiful plants, shrubs and trees. Admire endless dramatic views of the castle, castle bridge and medieval bridge as you stroll along the riverside. Enjoy a picnic on the riverbanks as you watch for swans nesting in the shelter of the bridge.