As soon as we scheduled a vacation to the Cotswolds, my daughter made sure we planned to visit Stratford-upon-Avon and tour all of the Shakespeare-related tourist sites including the house where he was born and spent his early life. Shakespeare not only grew up in the house but also spent the first five years of his marriage living there with his wife Anne Hathaway. The restored 16th-century half-timbered house is now a small museum open to the public and a popular visitor attraction. If you want to know about Shakespeare then this is the place to start. It has been referred to as "a Mecca for all lovers of literature." I have never been a true fan of Shakespeare, only reading what I was required to read in high school and in my English Literature class in college, but the tour turned out to be quite enjoyable. The guides and staff, dressed in their period costumes, were informative and very knowledgeable, which made the tour interesting. It was rather expensive for the relatively short amount of time it takes; however everything about going on holiday is expensive - flight, hotels, restaurants, etc. Since this is probably the only time I’ll ever get to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, it was well worth it. If you are going to visit all the Shakespeare historical sites I would recommend buying the multi-site ticket as it will save some money.