This landmark church is located in a picturesque setting on the edge of town, beside the river and approached through an avenue of lime trees. The burial site of famous playwright Shakespeare, Holy Trinity Church is considered to be one of the finest parish churches in the Midlands, and one of the most beautiful in England. A bust of Shakespeare on the north wall brings about and the much debated question: is it lifelike or not? Admission to the church is free, however they ask for a small donation.
As the only surviving example of the once prevalent Back to Backs of Birmingham, these historic buildings are a rare treasure. During the 19th Century, a number of buildings were built back to back around a common courtyard to meet the demands of the rapidly growing population of the city as a result of industrialization. These houses were inhabited by the working class who managed to survive in these cramped quarters. Each of the four Back to Backs around the courtyard has been restored and refurnished as a representation of four different time periods, giving visitors an extremely rare opportunity to take a peek into the lives of the ordinary working men and women of the 1840s, 1870s, 1930s and 1970s. Only a few slots are available each day and prior reservations are a must if you wish to visit these homes.
One of United Kingdom's finest vestiges of medieval-age military architecture, the legendary Warwick Castle sits right in the heart of the Warwick Castle Knight's Village. The castle, William I's iconic stronghold that he built in 1068, encapsulates nearly 1000 years of history. Originally built as a motte-and-bailey castle, it was equipped with a stone keep in the 12th Century, during Henry I's rule. Its displays today include a host of medieval weaponry, vivid waxworks, and the Herculean 18-meter (59-foot) Warwick trebuchet, known as one of the largest siege engines of its kind in the world.
Birmingham's main library was opened in 2013 and is one of the most recognizable and visited buildings in England's second city. The Birmingham's library is the largest public library in the UK and is as remarkable as looking on the inside as it is on the outside. As soon as you walk in you feel like you're in some sort of literary spaceship. And the collections are just as out of this world, including the Boulton and Watt Archives, the Parker collection of children's books and several notable photography collections and archives. In addition, the library houses the Shakespeare Memorial Room, designed in 1882 and moved from the old central library to this one.
This square has transformed over the past decade from a grassy slope where office workers would picnic on a summer's afternoon to a pedestrian-friendly European plaza accessible all year. Birmingham's Town Hall and Council House are located on the square, but graded steps replace the slope and there's now a large fountain containing a sculpture known fondly by locals as the Floozie in the Jacuzzi. Stone lamps and statues of sphinxes adorn the grounds, as does a statue of Queen Victoria. Victoria Square has now become a popular meeting point and a relaxing place for people to watch.
The Firs: Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar was once the residence to one of England's greatest composers, Sir Edward Elgar. After his demise, his daughter converted the house into a museum that is today a treasure trove of the composer's life and works. Inside this quaint house, you can find old photographs, letters, manuscripts, music scores and other personal belongings. There are also many mementos, awards, books, maps and so on. Today, the museum is visited by many symphony groups, music connoisseurs and fans of the great.
It is well worth spending time studying the frontage of Harvard House, for it is Stratford's most ornate structure and a splendid example of an Elizabethan town house. Look in particular for the initials of the owners who had it re-built following the severe damage sustained in the Great Fire of 1594. It was their grandson John who, having emigrated to the United States, founded the university which bears his name. In 1909, the house was purchased by a Chicago millionaire who paid for it to be restored before presenting it to Harvard University. Today the house is managed on behalf of Harvard by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Inside the house, in addition to fine pieces of 17th century furniture, is part of the Neish pewter collection. This collection of great national importance boasts items spanning over two thousand years.
Nash's House, once owned by Thomas Nash, the first husband of Shakespeare's granddaughter Elizabeth, contains fine examples of 17th-century tapestries and oak furniture. The garden of this beautiful half-timbered house, with its Elizabethan-style knot garden, was planted on the site previously occupied by New Place. Shakespeare bought New Place in 1597 for £60 as a retirement retreat, and it was here that he spent his last years. Reputed to be one of the finest houses in Stratford, New Place was unfortunately demolished on the instructions of an eccentric owner in the 18th century; all that remain are two wells and parts of the foundations.
A fitting tribute to one of the greatest writers of the world, the Shakespeare's Funerary Monument was installed in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church sometime between Shakespeare's death in 1616 and the publication of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays in 1623. The church is located in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and interestingly is the same church in which the author was baptized and buried. The sculpture which rests above his grave features a bust of the poet, armed with a quill pen in the right hand and a piece of paper in another. It is a popular attraction for both Shakespeare fans and otherwise.
Dating back to the 17th Century, Clopton House is a fascinating country house with a long lineage of owners. Clopton House is beautifully built and architecturally important in nature. The damage underwent throughout the years has been reversed and the mansion has been transformed into apartments. Scenic views of the surrounding mass of lush trees and scenery, plus its proximity to various other tourist spots make it an ideal location to stay at.
Faith finds a congenial abode at the All Saints Church. The parish church is located in the Weston-on-Avon village of Warwickshire. A designated site of English heritage, the church was built in 15th century; however it is believed that another church existed on the site in the 12th century. This active house of faith is designed in Perpendicular style of architecture and built with blue lias. The stained glass windows add to the church’s medieval beauty and the churchyard houses a medieval cross, attracting the onlooker.