Top 5 Shakespeare sites in England
Shakespeare’s Globe in London is a must-see for any Shakespeare fan and this modern-day version of Shakespeare’s famous theatre is built very close to the site of the original Globe from back in 1599. This is a golden opportunity to watch a play like someone from the 1500s would have done. The seats are so close to the actors on the stage that you might even be moved to heckle them, as this is probably what would have happened back in Shakespeare’s time. You get to experience all the performances and the Globe actually allows you to see the backstage or to visit an exhibition about the world-famous writers' life in London. The Globe theatre is located on London’s Bankside, where you can get exceptional views of the River Thames as well. The area has many popular bars/restaurants and the Globe also has its own restaurant on-site, so your day on London's Bankside is all well taken care of!
*Please note The Globe Theatre is open-air so please dress for the weather.
Box Office Mon-Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm Sun 10.00am-5.00pm
Address: 21 New Globe Walk Bankside, London SE1 9DT
Stratford-upon-Avon is where William Shakespeare was born and raised and it is located in the 'Midlands' area of England. Although Shakespeare did spend the majority of his adult life in London, he did own property in Stratford-upon-Avon and because of this he kept very close ties with the town. You can find out so much about Shakespeare in just a day when you visit, from the buildings in the town and no matter where you go, you are never far away from a famous Shakespeare site for a photo. He was also born in the house he was raised in and 'Hall’s Croft' house is where his daughter Susanna lived. Stratford-upon-Avon is very flat, easy to navigate and you can reach most points of interest on foot. The opening of his schoolroom lets you experience how pupils in Shakespeare’s time were educated and the Guildhall explains the history of the town that was built back in 1420. Also, on the outskirts of the town, you can visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, to see where Shakespeare went to first visit his future bride.
The George Inn pub
The George Inn pub in London offers the experience of having a drink in a pub that goes all the way back to Shakespeare’s time. It is a very traditional English pub that dates all the way back to the 16th century and is the last remaining original coaching inn to still be found in the capital too. It is strongly believed that not only William Shakespeare, but centuries later, even Charles Dickens was a customer at the inn as well. The inn is only a few minutes walk from the Globe theatre, so it is easy to tell why it is so strongly believed that Shakespeare was a frequent customer after his plays had finished for the day. There is also seating available outside and you should take advantage of this on a nice day to get a view and pictures of the whole building. The pub serves some very popular dishes and is always busy with a great atmosphere. The inn has oak beams, latticed windows, old flooring and even a lit log fire on colder days. It is quite tucked away and we highly recommend Borough Market as well, as it is one of London's finest food markets and just moments from there.
Address: The George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, Southwark, London, SE1 1NH