“Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.”
– William Shakespeare
How wonderful these lines are and so was the one who wrote those – William Shakespeare. I am very sure anybody who has read his works, at some point of time, must have fallen in awe of his words. It will be a fatal loss if you are in England and not visit the birthplace of Shakespeare – Startford-upon-Avon.
It was end of Autumn in 2009 when I was still studying there. Some of my friends planned a trip to Scotland which excited me but the whole thought of snow and shivers stopped me from going. I decided not to go. Who thought that decision of saying no to a trip, would take me to Shakespeare’s home. I and 3 of my friends decided to visit Startford-upon-Avon. This is a very small cute little town and was just 35 kms away from Birmingham where I was based.
Reaching there is an easy task, you can easily book train tickets online. I think it took us not more than an hour or half to reach there. You wouldn’t even realize the travel time as you will be so consumed enjoying the countryside landscape. As soon as you’ll board off the train you will be welcomed by a happy town. Being from India such small towns really enchant me. You can literally walk around the whole town. We were eager to see Shakespeare’s writing table and hence we bought the packaged tickets that covered Shakespeare’s birthplace, Nash’s house and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. You can also avail student discount on the tickets. I think a pass to 4 houses would cost may be around 18£ and a pass for 5 houses would be around 22£. We were told these properties are now managed by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Shakespeare’s home is very well maintained. Below you can see his bedroom and his kitchen.
Nash House and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage are quite close to Shakespeare’s home. One can enjoy the lush gardens those surrounds these homes.
The other interesting place to visit is Holy Trinity Church. It is the place where Shakespeare is buried.
While walking around the church we discovered this magnificent view.
After Shakespeare, take a walk around the town you will be amazed to see the houses and small shops in the area. I was just caught by this Door 🙂
To the memories,