As the title says, if you like Shakespeare, you have to go. For the house, it is a tad expensive, but again, if you like Shakespeare, it's worth the price. There is a small walking presentation to begin, in which it talks about the history of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and the history of the theater in England. Then you can walk around the house itself which boasts much of the same style as it did back "in the day". Granted, certain liberties have been taken at points, but it's an old building. Personnel located throughout the grounds can tell you about certain objects.
Two things I found particularly interesting was the glove-making shop, which a lady was giving a demonstration in, and talking to the guests and answering any questions they may have. Lots of hands-on things in that room, even for my 3-year old (who didn't understand the historical significance of the house we were in). The next was the bed display, at which a lady was also present to give historical information on the everyday living arrangements and accommodations of the day.
The signed window was also quite cool. Apparently the place became a sort-of mecca for players and playwrights of the day. To commemorate their visit, they would etch their name in the shaded glass window. Some of these included Isaac Watts, Charles Dickens, and Sir Walter Scott.
To clarify, however... If you're not the biggest fan of Shakespeare, it may be better to take a picture from the outside and move along. It was a great time, but best enjoyed if you have some taste for Shakespeare himself, otherwise, it's just another Elizabethan house.
Probably my favorite part (personally) was the acting company in the garden. I'll call it "Shakespeare On Demand". They literally had a chalkboard, and you could write whatever Shakespeare play you wanted up there and they'd perform a snippet. And by snippet, some were 7-10 minutes long! To see Shakespeare performed at Shakespeare's house is something I won't soon forget.
Well played, literally.
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