3. William Shakespeare
(This is a bit of a cheat.)
Shakespeare is commonly regarded as the greatest writer in English history. His plays and books have entertained for centuries. He is also referred to as England’s national poet.
William Shakespeare was born 2.5 hours outside of London (OK, a big cheat) in a small town called Stratford-upon-Avon, in 1564.
A trip to his birthplace has become a pilgrimage. There is a museum with artefacts and history from Shakespeare’s time. You can explore Shakespeare house, which is in the Tudor style and includes a parlour and workshop. Stratford-upon-Avon is now a market town and civil parish. It’s a very popular tourist destination, receiving close to 5 million visitors a year.