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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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Shakespeare’s Birthplace & Family Homes

Re-live the history of one of our greatest playwrights at Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford Upon-Avon, where you can visit the homes of Shakespeare and his family!

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 1, 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

Explore Shakespeare’s childhood home at the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.  Experience what life as a glovemaker’s son was like - right down to the smells in the workshop of young William’s father.

Shakespeare Aloud!

Watch the garden turn into a live stage, as professional actors in period costumes bring iconic literary scenes to life. With a little bit of luck you could witness the romantic meeting between Romeo and Juliet!

The Shakespeare Aloud! performances will not only place you right in the middle of Shakespeare’s greatest works, but you’ll also be invited to join in!

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Visit the beautiful cottage where Shakespeare's wife grew up and see where love first blossomed between William and Anne.

Fancy a walk? Anne Hathaway’s cottage has 9 acres of award-winning gardens, orchard and woodlands for you to explore. They are different but equally beautiful every season!

Hall’s Croft

This is where Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna lived with her husband, physician John Hall. Take a walk through the elegant halls and learn fascinating stories about the extraordinary guests and residents of the house.

Take a break at the charming café in the garden.  Surrounded by lush herbaceous borders and fragrant roses, it’s the perfect place to absorb the atmosphere of Shakespeare’s time.

Mary Arden's Farm*

Sights, sounds and smells will transport you to the farm where Shakespeare's mother lived and worked. Meet the Tudors who run the place and see the rare breed animals they care for.

Don’t be just a visitor - join in! From falconry, feeding the goats and herding geese to craft demonstrations and an adventure playground – there’s a lot you can get stuck into.

*Mary Arden's Farm is generally closed between November-mid March each year.

Shakespeare's New Place 

Sadly, the house where Shakespeare died in 1616 after living there for 19 years was demolished over 250 years ago. However, the tales from the past remain and your guides are there to tell them!

At Shakespeare’s New Place, you’ll also get the chance to explore beautiful gardens and see stunning sculptures celebrating the Bard’s life.

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

Availability:

  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace is open all year round except Christmas Day.
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Hall’s Croft are open every day, all year round except Christmas Day and Boxing Day
  • Shakespeare’s New Place are open every day, all year round except Christmas Day
  • Mary Arden’s Farm is closed for Winter between 4th November 2018 – mid March 2019.

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)

Important: 

  • 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.

Location:

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

Guide:

  • 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.

Included:

Entry to 1, 4 or 5 of Shakespeare’s Birthplace houses (season dependant).

Not Included:

Transport to the houses

Children:

Under 3s 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.

2018 Opening Times

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

12 March – 2 September: 9am – 5pm

3 September – 4 November: 9am – 4:30pm

5 November – 31 March 2019: 10am – 3:30pm

Hall’s Croft

26 March – 2 September: 10am – 5pm

3 September – 4 November: 10am – 4:30pm

5 November - 31 March 2019: 11am - 3:30pm

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens

12 March – 2 September: 9am – 5pm

3 September – 4 November: 9am – 4:30pm

5 November – 31 March 2019: 10am – 3:30pm

Mary Arden’s Farm

26 March – 2 September:  10am – 5pm

3 September – 4 November: 10am - 4:30pm

5 November - 31 March 2019: Closed for winter

Shakespeare’s New Place

26 March – 2 September: 10am – 5pm

3 September – 4 November: 10am – 4:30pm

5 November - 31 March 2019: 11am - 3:30pm

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