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Bard's final home in Stratford-upon-Avon rebuilt

Garden at Shakespeare's New Place
Image caption Shakespeare's New Place includes a garden with creative features

William Shakespeare's home for the last years of his life has been resurrected as a new landmark.

The £6m development of Shakespeare's New Place marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has transformed the Stratford-upon-Avon world heritage site, which was demolished in 1759.

The playwright purchased New Place in 1597 when it was the largest single dwelling in the town.

Image caption New Place opened on Saturday

Diana Owen, chief executive of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: "We're delighted to be re-opening the most important, permanent Shakespeare anniversary project anywhere in the world.

"Visitors can walk in his footsteps and experience a wonderful new imaginative garden on the site."

Image copyright The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Image caption Historians believe purchasing New Place was the Bard's way of cementing Stratford as his 'home' while making regular trips to London

New Place reopened to the public after Staffordshire University's Centre of Archaeology dug through the site in Chapel Street.

They discovered a hearth, cold storage pit and even a brewery.

The Bard lived at New Place for the last 19 years of his life.

Image caption The site features an indoor exhibition

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