Shakespeare's Country

Step into the vibrant history of Warwickshire and discover the beloved hometown of the legendary playwright, William Shakespeare.

Born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare is celebrated globally as the greatest writer in the English Language. His extensive portfolio of work comprises of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems, all of which have been translated into countless languages. Second only to the Bible, Shakespeare’s works are among the most quoted in the English-speaking world.

Explore Shakespeare’s Life

Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the home where he spent his formative years. Explore Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of Shakespeare’s wife-to-be. Sit in the very classroom where William spent his school years, or pay homage at Holy Trinity Church, the final resting place of the Bard.

Witness the enduring legacy of Shakespeare through world-class performances of his works at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Explore Charlecote Park, a picturesque setting where Shakespeare is said to have roamed as a young boy, and discover the historic Billesley Manor Hotel, where Shakespeare stayed in 1599, and is said to have inspired his romantic comedy "As You Like It."

Join the vibrant events and festivals that celebrate the playwright throughout the year, including the popular Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations held every April. Featuring parades, performances and fireworks, these events draw visitors from around the globe to celebrate the enduring legacy of one of history’s most influential literary figures.

Shakespeare events