Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with these literary trips

Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with these literary trips

Stratford-upon-Avon – the home of Shakespeare

Known as Shakespeare Country, Stratford-upon-Avon was Shakespeare’s birthplace back in 1564. Today it is still synonymous with the playwright and poet. Holidaymakers can visit his childhood home and even see the Royal Shakespeare Company in action. Every year on the weekend closest to the 23rd April, the town hosts a weekend-long celebration that dates back over 200 years. Performers, artists, the local community and ambassadors from around the world come together in this vibrant celebration involving music, pageantry and packed programme of special activities.

Copenhagen, Denmark – Hamlet

“To be, or not to be: that is the question” - one of the most renowned lines in all of theatre, from Hamlet, which was based around the Royal palace in the fictional town of Elsinore, Denmark. The country’s capital Copenhagen has history that dates back to 1043, and is full of historic landmarks, significant buildings and interesting sights and museums. Top attractions include the over 100-year old amusement park Tivoli Gardens, the statue of The Little Mermaid, and the freetown of Christiania.

Inverness, Scotland – Macbeth

Macbeth, the play packed with tragedy and witchcraft, is based in Inverness.  Nowadays there's nothing to be sad about in the city, with beautiful historic buildings to admire, a Victorian market to wander and plenty moree to see. Not far from the city is Craig Phadrig, which offers forest walks and magnificent views of the Moray Firth, home to a diverse range of wildlife including bottlenose dolphins which can even be seen from the city.

Rome, Italy – Julius Caesar

This is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history. Interestingly, the title character only appears in only five scenes - his enemy Marcus Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines. With the iconic buildings of the Colosseum, St Peter’s basilica and the Sistine Chapel at your feet, Rome is a history lover’s dream. These famous sites are accompanied by a diverse range of antique shops, designer and high street fashion outlets.

Vienna, Austria - Measure for Measure

Known in Shakespearean studies as one of his 'problem plays', Measure for Measure is considered a comedy, albeit with a hefty dose of bitterness! It's set in the Austrian capital of Vienna, where nowadays you can follow in the footsteps of the Habsburgs monarchy and visit the beautiful Schönbrunn and Belvedere Palaces, as well ride the popular giant ferris wheel to take in all the beautiful views.     


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