VIDEO: When GO! met Shakespeare

The two places couldn’t be more different - we have concrete, it has ornate, chocolate box cottages and pretty streets steeped in history, writes Sammy Jones.

Little more than an hour away from Milton Keynes is Stratford-upon-Avon, set in the Warwickshire countryside and famous of course as the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Stratford-upon-Avon: Olde England

Stratford-upon-Avon: Olde England

There are some similarities between here and there, mind: We have grid systems, and so too does Stratford - it was set out as a new town back in 1196, on a medieval grid system!

Always bustling, the streets are a fabulous fusion of cobbled and cute mixed with designer and high-street class.

Catering for the swell of tourists that flock here, there is no shortage of establishments offering light snacks, naughty (but very nice treats), or, if you so wish, a full dining experience.

Or, simply reach for a bag of chips, shake the salt and vinegar and enjoy waterside, with the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company looming in the background.

Quaint old sweet shops, a better breed of souvenir establishments and a wander around the Farmer’s Market behind us, it’s time for another peek (for we have visited before) inside Shakespeare’s birthplace, one of five historic sites open to visitors.

It is a wonderful step back in time, and a welcome reminder (as if one was needed) of the legacy left behind by the playwright who called this beautiful place home.

It is said that Stratford-upon-Avon is a place where history lives, and we won’t disagree.

Take a look at our video and see who we bumped into when we visited.