The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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What: Self-guided tour

Where: Stratford Upon-Avon, UK.

Availability: Daily.

Opening Time: 9am or 10am.

Don’t Miss: Visiting the home where Shakespeare grew up!

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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Re-live the history of one of our greatest playwrights at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford Upon-Avon, where you can visit a number of Shakespeare’s houses!

William Shakespeare is without a doubt one of the greatest playwrights of all time, and now you can visit the places where he was born, lived and worked!

You’ll be taken back in time to Elizabethan England as you step inside the birthplace of Shakespeare, as well as homes and important places that were significant in the life of The Bard.

Tickets allow you to visit 3, 4 or 5 of the houses at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (depending on season).

Guides are also on-hand in each house to tell you about the house and answer any questions you may have.

Shakespeare’s Five Houses:

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Find out how Shakespeare’s family earned their living and unravel the details of his fascinating life in the house where he was born and lived his early life.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Explore the beautiful, award-winning gardens and the magical Willow Cabin where romance first blossomed between Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway.

Hall’s Croft

The home of William’s daughter Susanna and her husband Dr John Hall. This elegant house also has a tranquil garden filled with lush herbaceous borders and fragrant roses.

Mary Arden's Farm

This timber-framed farmhouse was known until recently as Mary Arden's House. The name is due to the belief that it belonged to Robert Arden and may have been the home of his daughter Mary, who went on to marry John Shakespeare.

Harvard House 

Explore one of the most striking Elizabethan houses in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Discover its fascinating story and admire its stained glass, painted panels and fine exterior oak carvings. During your visit you will also be able to see the redevelopment plans for New Place, the final home of Shakespeare (due to reopen in 2016).

New Place 

New Place, where Shakespeare died in 1616, was destroyed in the 1700s. However, a memorial garden was commissioned and now stands here in its place! A mulberry tree, believed to be taken from a cutting planted by Shakespeare himself, stills flourishes here to this day.

Shakespeare ALOUD!

As you explore Shakespeare's houses, you might just encounter some of his characters brought to life by actors - including the romantic first meeting of Romeo and Juilet! Shakespeare ALOUD is available in Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Hall’s Croft.

Suitable for:
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Teenagers
  • Seniors
Great for:
  • Culture Vultures


  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace is open all year round except Christmas Day.
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Hall’s Croft and Shakespeare’s New Place are open every day, all year round except Christmas Day and Boxing Day
  • Mary Arden’s Farm is closed between November and mid-March

Opening times:

  • Summer Season: 9am – 5pm
  • Winter Season (October to March): 10am – 4pm
  • From July – August Shakespeare’s Birthplace and New Place are open until 5.30pm (last entry)


  • The exact opening times of each house vary subject to season.
  • First entry can range between 9am - 11am and last admission will be between 4pm and 5pm.


Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust is located at Henley Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW.


  • This is a self-guided tour. However there will be guides on-hand at each house to answer any questions
  • Some of the audio-visual exhibition at the start of your visit available in German, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.

Redeeming your e-ticket:

Please present your e-ticket at the first house you visit at Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust in exchange for your multi-voucher ticket.


Entry to 3, 4 or 5 of Shakespeare’s Birthplace houses (season dependant).

Not Included:

Transport to the houses


Under 5s enter free!

The Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust is located at Henley Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW.

The Shakespeare houses are located at the following addresses:

  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW.
  • Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BG.
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, 22 Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HH.
  • Mary Arden’s Farm, Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN.
  • Shakespeare’s New Place, 22 Chapel St, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6EP.
  • Harvard House, 26 High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6AU.


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