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“Lovely stained glass, Shakespeares grave a bit of a let down”

Holy Trinity Church
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Warwick Castle and Stratford Upon Avon Day Tour From Oxford
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Owner description: Located on the banks of River Avon, this is considered one of England's most-visited Parish Churches and the site where William Shakespeare was baptized in 1564 and buried in 1616.
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“Lovely stained glass, Shakespeares grave a bit of a let down”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

I know you cant expect much when you see a grave, but I had expected for £2 per person that it would be some kind of tomb, or be a bit ornate? Its not. I didnt like how the church has 2 memebrs of staff waiting halfway down the aisle so you cant pass them into the far section of the church without passing them and paying £2. You may not be interested in seeing William Shakesperes grave but still have to pay to enter the half of the church where his grave is. Not good really. I know they have to pay for the upkeep of the place but maybe a suggested donation of £5 would be better than a fixed fee of £2.

Lovely church itself.

Visited February 2013
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“They charge you to see Shakespeare's grave!”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

They never charged before..I know the church has to maintain the building etc but a mandatory charge & not a voluntary contribution is just wrong - Shakespeare is for everyone...not everyone that has enough money to pay!!

Visited January 2013
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“Shakespeare's grave, stained glass & tombs!”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Holy Trinity Church is where Shakespeare & his wife Anne are buried but to access the graves & the High Chancel there is a £2-00 per person fee. Otherwise the Church is free but a donation is expected to support its upkeep. The stained glass is breathtakingly beautiful as are the tombs of other celebrarted persons buried within the Church. The grounds are serene, well attended and provide you with moments of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the hoards of tourists. Photography allowed.

Visited January 2013
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“lovely church”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

strange wandering round the grave yard before going in seeing grave stones from almost 500 years ago. beautiful inside. £2 to see the bards tomb stunning stained glass

Visited January 2013
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“Gotta see Shakespeare's Grave”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

One of my favorite parts of visiting England was visiting William Shakespeare's grave in Stratford on Avon. The Holy Trinity Church is beautiful and highly memorable. I will never forget the walk up to the church, walking on the horizontal headstones that were so old that they had been worn smooth and were completely unreadable. Historically, since England has been around forever the graves were reused. Also, since it is such a wet climate, the old headstones fall over in the wet soil. The British solution to this problem seemed to be to make a sidewalk of all of the old headstones.
At first I thought that it was a little sacriligous, but after speaking with an Englishman outside of the church, his response was "what would you like for us to do with them, when we don't know to whom they belong"? I couldn't argue with that.
Once inside the church, it was a short trip inside to see where Shakespeare was baptised as an infant and where he was buried and the famous inscription ending with "...and cursed be he 'Y' moves my bones." Yeah-we bought a rubbing of the headstone. Too cool to pass up, a beautiful church and surrounding graveyard.

Visited February 2012
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