Want to know where Henry IV Part 1 is set? Read on for all the details, and see each Henry IV Part 1 setting on the map below.
Shakespeare set Henry IV Part 1 mainly in England and partly in Wales, in palaces, inns, and various battlefields. The period is during the reign of Henry IV. The main action takes place in and around London, where the young Prince Henry, known to his friends as Hal, spends most of his days in the Boars Head Tavern in Eastcheap, drinking sweet wine with the lowlife drunkards and thieves. The Eastcheap of this play is very much a portrait of the Elizabethan Eastcheap, where Shakespeare himself, no doubt hung out. Shakespeare places Hal among these people to learn what ordinary people are like, something kings seldom have the chance to discover. It allows him to emerge as the great King Henry V on the death of his father.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for Henry IV Part 1. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, and click the icons on the map for more information. Text in the more info box are the specific locations Shakespeare references in his Henry IV Part 1 text.