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Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, brush up on Bard

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Photographs by Rick Steves’ Europe/CAMERON HEWITT

The thatched roof of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where Shakespeare’s wife grew up, seems to drip over the 500-year-old building.

To see or not to see? Nonliterary types might find England's Stratford-upon-Avon to be much ado about nothing, but Shakespeare's hometown is blanketed with opportunities for bardolatry. It's an easy side-trip from London, but an overnight stay is best to take in a performance of the world's best Shakespeare ensemble.

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The River Avon goes through the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon; visitors can enjoy a pleasant park and the Royal Shakespeare Th... + Enlarge

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