Old Town Stratford-Upon-Avon Warwickshire CV376BG 01789 266 316
The Holy Trinity is pretty church in a stunning position on the banks of the river Avon, and the most visited parish church in England. Its pretty setting may well account for some of its visitors, but the reason it's so popular is because William Shakespeare was baptised here and served as a lay rector of the church in the 1600s. It's also his final resting place (a privilege gained by his service to the church, rather than his ability as a playwright). You can visit his grave in the chancel, where you will see the inscribed curse on his tombstone "Good friend for Jesus sake forbear; To dig the dust enclosed here! Blest be the man that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones". To date no one has tried, despite proposals to do so.
Considering the fame of Shakespeare, this church, because it is still an active place of worship, doesn't feel like just a stop on the tourist trail. It has quite an atmosphere and at 800 years old has loads to look at inside apart from the famous grave right by the altar.
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