Harlaxton 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon

Arjun Kanthawar

By: Arjun Kanthawar

Today, we left Harlaxton Manor bright and early at 8:00 a.m. We headed towards Stratford-upon-Avon, England, home of William Shakespeare. We first visited Warwick Castle, a medieval castle that was built in 1068. The castle is rich in history surrounding England’s royal families and wars. I was able to see a trebuchet launch a rock, and the castle had many species of eagles including the bald eagle!

After Warwick castle, we headed for Anne Hathaway’s (Shakespeare’s wife) cottage. Her descendants lived in that home for over 13 generations! After looking around Hathaway’s home, we visited the church where Shakespeare was buried (fun fact: it was recently discovered that Shakespeare’s head has been stolen from his grave) and then the home where he was born. We were able to see the actual bed where Shakespeare was born. After visiting these sites, we were free to eat dinner and then roam around Stratford-upon-Avon for a couple of hours. We reached Harlaxton a little before 9:30 p.m., and everyone got ready for another day of class tomorrow.