To visit or not to visit? Fans of the English poet and playwright are still drawn to England nearly 400 years after the Bard’s death. A good starting point for a literary tour is Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. Visitors can stop by the Shakespeare Centre Library, which holds collections featuring Shakespeare’s life, works and times and includes original editions of his plays dating from 1623. Stratford-upon-Avon is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Its redeveloped theaters open Nov. 24, with stagings of Shakespeare’s works throughout the winter.
In London, another worthy stop is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the reconstruction of the open-air playhouse where the Bard once staged many of his works. The theater season runs from April to October. Book lovers can also download a literary guidebook to London and print maps of walking tours from Get London Reading.