Attraction in Stratford-upon-Avon
Five beautifully preserved Tudor Homes and gardens, all directly linked with William Shakespeare and his family.
Visit the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, and discover the fascinating story of this charming farmhouse. Step back in time to the 1570s and experience what life was like for a farming household in Shakespeare’s time at neighbouring Palmer’s Farm. Watch the period interpreters, dressed in replica Tudor clothing, perform a wide range of activities from hand-milking sheep, cooking over an open fire, baking bread, dipping tallow candles…and much more. Follow the nature trail and track down the Longhorn Cattle and other rare breeds including Cotswold Sheep and Gloucester Old Spot Pigs. Tudor themes weekends of music, dancing, cooking and rural festivities all through the year.
Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
This timber framed town house, where William Shakespeare was born, contains both original and replica artefacts depicting the house as Shakespeare would have known it. Period Guides, dressed in replica Tudor clothing, welcome you to explore what life was like here in Tudor times. Stroll round the traditional English garden which features many plants and herbs mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays and visit the gift shop where every purchase supports and preserves the Shakespeare Houses and Gardens for future generations.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Explore the romantic surroundings of this quintessential thatched country cottage where the young Shakespeare wooed his wife to be, Anne Hathaway, at her childhood home. Stroll round the award winning country cottage garden, which overflows with blooms, shrubs and traditional vegetables. Be inspired by Shakespeare’s sonnets in the growing Willow Cabin and discover the Shakespeare Tree and Sculpture Garden and Elizabethan-style yew maze.
Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon
Visit the luxurious home of Shakespeare's daughter and her husband, Dr John Hall, an eminent physician. Explore the house’s lavish and elegant rooms many exquisite furnishings and paintings of the period are on display, as well as a small exhibition of early medicine.
Nash’s House & New Place
Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Nash's House is decorated with original Tudor furnishings and features an exhibition telling the remarkable story of Shakespeare's Complete Works as one of the best-loved books in the English language. Adjacent to Nash's House are the remaining foundations of New Place, where Shakespeare died, now preserved as a picturesque garden space.
Harvard House and the Museum of British Pewter
High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust also owns and cares for Harvard House, home to the museum of British pewter and one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s most striking Elizabethan houses. Discover pewter’s fascinating history through the centuries, try your hand at decorative pewter, take a virtual reality tour and have fun in the Pewter Power young visitor’s activity zone.
The Shakespeare Houses and Gardens are owned and cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust which is an independent charity. All the houses have gift shops where every purchase supports the work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and preserves the Shakespeare Houses and Gardens for future generations.
For further information an prices please visit our website
Months Open: All Year except 23- 26 Dec incl.
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - +44 (0)1789 201806
Discount for Groups: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Gift Shop: Yes
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