The Birth of Genius

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Touring the Birthplaces of William Shakespeare and Sir Edward Elgar. With just one phone call to Shakespeare Country's Travel Trade and Groups Desk you can book a unique, great value day out for your group celebrating the lives of two British cultural icons.

MorningMorning

10:15 Group arrives at Shakespeare Centre for introductory talk and visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. The Shakespeare Centre and Birthplace are in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Your visit will start with a 45-minute interactive talk ‘All About Shakespeare’. During your visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace you will see the house decorated and furnished as Shakespeare would have known it as a boy and see demonstrations by costumed guides of the ancient craft of glove-making as practised by Shakespeare’s father.
Period Interpreters preparing the midday meal

The Shakespeare Houses at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The five Shakespeare Houses are owned and cared for by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. They are an independent charity who depend entirely on the public for support to maintain and preserve the World's Shakespeare Heritage.
 

LunchLunch

12:00 Lunch in the historic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon
 

AfternoonAfternoon

13:15 Depart for Worcestershire 14:00 Arrive at the Elgar Birthplace Museum for welcome and introductory video with afternoon refreshments followed by a visit to Elgar’s Birthplace. The country cottage where Elgar was born on 2 June 1857 is set in the heart of his beloved Worcestershire countryside with views towards the Malvern Hills. The Birthplace Cottage and Visitor Centre forms The Elgar Birthplace Museum and gives a fascinating insight into Elgar the man and his music. The visit starts with light refreshments and a 20 minute introductory video. You can then explore the unique collection of Elgar memorabilia which includes original manuscripts, sketches and many personal and family items. To finish your visit you can relax in the beautiful garden surrounding the cottage. 15:45 The group is free to explore the cathedral city of Worcester Admission Prices (combined ticket): Adult: £13.50 Concession: £12.50 Child: £6.25 NB – Price includes admission to Shakespeare’s Birthplace with talk and Elgar’s Birthplace with afternoon refreshments. Does not include lunch.