We’ve all been a part of Shakespeare’s many worlds through imagination, be it Romeo and Juliet’s romantic Verona or Hamlet’s striking Elsinore Castle in Denmark. But did you know you could visit these places in real life and not just with the turn of a page?
While most of his work is set in the 14th century, Shakespeare found himself to be significantly inspired by the world’s beauty. Fortunately, most of the locales that served as a setting for his sonnets or phases from his own life have turned into iconic spots that many admirers from all over the world visit. Even if you can’t, you’re not missing out. Most of these places also offer virtual tours, allowing you to see the sights and surroundings that inspired and enchanted the bard to gift the world literary masterpieces.
Also known as just Stratford, this mediaeval in England is where Shakespeare was born in April 1564. More specifically, it was in this half-timbered house, located at Henley Street, where he took his first steps.
Juliet’s Balcony, Verona
The “fair city,” in his most iconic work, “Romeo and Juliet,” was set in the mediaeval town of Verona. Belonging to the 1200s, Juliet’s house, also known as Stella del Cappello, is this town’s most famous attraction.
Kronborg Castle, Denmark
Although in “Hamlet,” Elsinore Castle finds a mention, in real life, this 16th-century Renaissance castle located in Helsingør is considered the setting. Interestingly, “Elsinore” is believed to have been derived from the anglicised version of Helsingør.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Southwark
Originally built in 1599, this Elizabethan theatre was where Shakespeare staged his place. Currently, the venue hosts regular lectures and exhibits on Shakespeare in addition to staging his plays.
The George Inn, Southwark
This 16th-century inn used to be a public house known to be frequented by Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. The 300-year-old building houses stunning oak-beam dining rooms, intricate latticed windows and long galleries.
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