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Old June 7th, 2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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Stratford upon Avon and Warwick England UK

I decided to take a day trip to Stratford and Warwick seeing as the weather was so nice. Stratford is the home of William Shakespear and most things there are organised around it, its not a very big place but quite scenic and FULL of tourists, luckily i woke up early and got around before the toursit groups got out! Hence why the pictures seem quite empty of street life.

There are lots of house boats and pleasure craft in the small harbour



Looking from the harbour up to the main town



There are loads of cafe, bars and restaurants adn in the evening they were all very busy! I loved the look of the little lane with warehouses behind which gave an insight to the towns more recent history





Inside a cafe, love how the wood holds up the structure, ironic how these buildings could be seen as eco fiendly now!



Part of the main high street, lots of curio shops as well of some big brand shopping names



The architecture the towns famous for



You cant visit britain and not go to a cafe for afternoon tea of triangular sandwiches (with the crust cut off), scones and clotted cream (must be clotted or its not british!) and then little cakes fancies, mmmmm! Best place ive had this is on Bath though.





Garrick inn, oldest pub in stratford and dates from 1500's





Harvard building, where the university of Harvard in the US was formed





Lovely hotel on the right, i had dessert here after a bad meal somewhere else and it was fab



Lovely weather, its not always raining in the UK lol, when it isnt there is nowhere i'd rather be!



Lovely old church



Exclusive apartments, obviously occupied by older people due to the proliferation of cat ornaments and other nick naks!



Would love to have windows like these, so much work and craftmenship in them







Victorian town houses



The church where Shakespear is burried, undergoing a refurbishment



Shakespears grave, aparently hes burried really deep so he cant be stolen!



Typical parish church interior





The church arcross the river, there was a real 'task master' making the rowers go quicker! Watch out 2012 lol



The royal shakespear company theater undergoing a rebuild, the origional building burnt in a fire (you can still see parts of it) and the 60's replacement was inadequate



The old bridge, lucky we stopped or we would have missed.......



.......these! I love this time of year



Riverside mill converted into a bar/restaurant



The river



Shakespears statue along with some of his charaters





Where shakespear was born, has all traditional set up inside







Hope you enjoyed, please comment. Will add Warwick castle later
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Old June 7th, 2009, 09:44 PM   #2
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Good pics! We also have a lovely Stratford not too far from where I live but it's not quite the same as the one in England.
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Old June 7th, 2009, 10:31 PM   #3
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Very nice!
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Old June 8th, 2009, 04:41 AM   #4
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cool pics - i went there but i don't remember much from it - some of the pics brought back memories
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Old June 8th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #5
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I love places like Stratford!
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Old June 8th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #6
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Must visit Stratford this summer. I only live about 20 miles away and can now use my free pass! Lovely set of pics.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 11:32 AM   #7
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Beautiful photo-tour around Stratford town; looking very nice
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Old June 9th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #8
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Shame they didnt retain the cobbles tarmac looks boring and those yellow lines eugh.....otherwise Stratford is very nice way better than Stratford London.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 12:40 PM   #9
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Thanks for the comments,

Warwick castle, quite expensive to get in yet there was an event on which kept everyone entertained throughout the whole day.

As we arrived in the car park we had quite a bit of a walk to the main gate, along the way the 'rat catcher' was scarring the kids (making them laugh more like!) with his stuffed toy rats. Upon entering through the main gate and travelling down a small path we had our first view of the castle



Outside there was an archer getting very close to hitting a helmet (you can just see it on the far bank)



The main gateway



Upon entering we climbed the walls to get a view of the layout





Looking over to the gatehouse and town of Warwick



Looking towards the formal gardens and falconry area



Town church



First event was the lowering of the portcullis (which of course caused a tailback), not sure exactly what happened but there was alot of shouting of "you cannot pass" "open the gate" etc.



Looking over the main gate



The castle green and apartments, the other side is a big drop down to the river



Close up of the green the other side



Quite a large tower with two stairwells





Views through the main gate



We stayed on the battlements until the next event, and saw these people being greeted for the dungeon experiance, was all a bit Disney but fun



next event was a set for the otheres where some knights were fighting for the hand of a princess (again very Disney but the actors were well trained and the fighting quite realistic).



View from another tower into Warwick



View over the river and aparmtents





The next event was the launch of the worlds biggest trebuchet, was nice to have a sit down in the grass and watch the peacocks wandering around the people



Castle walls



The rat cathcer keeping everyone entertained with an awful poem while waiting for the falconry



I'm not a big fan of falconry but it was impressive with all the birds flying up the valley and then over the crowd to land on the trainers arm (better than draggin them out of a box!)



Quite large crowds



Heading over to the joust, this is a pretty little boat house



Over the bridge



The joust







Back to see the state rooms





Stop off to climb another tower



The boat house again



apartments



Entrance hall



















Into Warwick, we didnt see much of the town as we were just looking for food



Town hall i think





We found a little cafe serving traditional food, anyone who has read Enid Blyton would love the ginger beer and home made lemonade as well as the sandwhiches! The bells of the church were ringing and this was the view from my table, lovely day!



Well thats it, hope you enjoyed the pics, please comment.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 02:20 PM   #10
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Brilliant pics, love the atmosphere!
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Old June 13th, 2009, 03:43 PM   #11
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Great pics Cardiff. I agree that when the sun's shining, the UK can be an extremely nice place to be, especially in places like Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick!
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Old June 13th, 2009, 05:39 PM   #12
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Simply beautiful shots, these are two lovely places and with the sunshine - I love Warwick Castle, one of the most stunning fortifications in Britain in my opinion.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 06:06 PM   #13
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great castle but i loved the town even more
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Old June 13th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #14
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Lovely weather there. Thanks for the pics those old streetscapes and style of houses (black and white) are really fascinating.

How old would those black-and-white terrace houses be and is their style unique to Stratford upon Avon? It seems that there is some superficial resemblance to some of the houses that the British built in Singapore, which have been adapted to the tropical climate:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=454895
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Old June 14th, 2009, 02:02 PM   #15
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Some of the black and white buildings are seriously old, built in the 1500s and early 1600s, so you're talking about 400-500 year old buildings!

This style of architecture can be found in other ancient cities such as Canterbury and Shewsbury. There are even a few surviving Tudor buildings in London, most of which were lost in the great fire of London in 1666, or demolished by the Victorians.

I can see a little bit of similarity between these buildings and those in your Singapore thread. The fact is, since Victorian times, architects have been putting their own spin on the classic Tudor style, a style known as "neo-Tudor", a famous example of which is Liberty's in London, which was built in the 1920s.

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Great set of pics. Considering I live in Birmingham I haven't been to either of these places for about 19 years. Must do something about it.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #17
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Thanks for sharing these pics. They are really great photos that show the beauty of this town! Makes me want to go there now. Damn I miss England
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Old July 21st, 2010, 07:46 PM   #18
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Thanks both, really surprised you havent been geoff189d as its right on your doorstep and well worth the trip (especially now in the summer). Have you been away from the UK long Koobideh?
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Old July 21st, 2010, 07:55 PM   #19
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Absolutely delicious photos!!
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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:05 PM   #20
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Love the castle!
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