This medieval market town is world-famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare and is over 800 years old, having received its town charter in 1196.  There are many timber-framed and medieval-style buildings to be seen in the town, which has a unique ‘olde worlde’ charm.  Its main attractions nowadays are the theatres which continuously perform Shakespeare’s plays, as well as productions of other dramatists.  The Shakespeare memorials are fascinating, and include the family home where he was born in 1564, ‘New Place’ where he died in 1616, and the well-restored museum at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the home of Shakespeare’s wife’s family.  There is a ‘Shakespeare Centre’ to visit and also his burial place at Holy Trinity Church.