On our journey north from London, we decided to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. It is a beautiful town built on the banks of the river Avon.  It was sunny and warm when we visited at the end of August, so people enjoying the weather had flooded the city.

Stratford-upon-Avon, England, UK
Mechanical Art & Design Museum – Stratford-upon-Avon, England, UK

Our first stop was the MAD: The Mechanical Art & Design Museum.  Their tagline is:  “The museum is a celebration of all things mechanical, weird and wonderful!”  That really sums it up: it was fantastic!  Each boy choose a favorite invention to write a report on.  The hardest part was choosing a favorite.

MAD Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon
MAD Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon

Mine was Dancing Laser by Andras Mengyan (http://www.andrasmengyan.com/), a designer from Hungary who experiments in “polyphonic visual space” which means “the harmonization, both simultaneously and one after the other, of the events taking place in a space independently of each other”.

After the museum we strolled around town and stopped along the waterfront for lunch at Encore, a yummy Italian restaurant.  The food was great and we sat next to an open window to enjoy the sea of people walking by.  Unfortunately, a couple of yellow jackets decided to join us for lunch.  They boys spent most of the meal hiding in the bathroom, while Rich and I enjoyed a peaceful meal!

Eating in Stratford-upon-Avon

After lunch we went to see the Gower memorial in Bancroft gardens.  It is a sculpture that features William Shakespeare seated on top overlooking characters from some of his plays.  The boys were starving by this point (it had been 15 minutes after all) so we crossed the bridge and went for ice cream.  Then we had a quick sword battle on the bank of the Avon before departing for York.  We loved Stratford and hope to return one day.  We didn’t have enough time to see everything that we were hoping to.

Eating in Stratford-upon-Avon



MAD Mechanical Art & Design Museum, Sheep Street, Stratford Upon Avon


The Encore, 1 Bridge St, Stratford-upon-Avon


Modern British food, charming atmosphere and very friendly service.  Large kids menu including pizza, pasta and more.


Dining in the United Kingdom with Kids
Dining in the UK with Kids



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