Shakespeare's Family Homes and Gardens
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust cares for the five historic houses and gardens relating to William Shakespeare in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. With three homes in the town centre within a 15 minute stroll of each other and two country houses less than three miles apart, each of the houses and gardens tell a different story and can be visited in a day. Garden tours are available to pre-book and there is a programme of garden events throughout the year.
Shakespeare's Birthplace A formal garden with show stopping displays of seasonal colour framing the birthplace of the world's most famous playwright with resident acting troupe Shakespeare Aloud! performing on demand.
Shakespeare's New Place The plot where Shakespeare's family home once stood has been reimagined by award-winning artists. Wander through the glorious Great Garden and Tudor Knot Garden with their stunning sculptures and garden demonstrations (April to September).
Hall's Croft Home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna and her husband Dr John Hall, with a serene walled garden planted with medicinal herbs used in his remedies. This provides a peaceful oasis in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage Home of Shakespeare's wife. Nestled in nine acres of woodland and glorious gardens this quintessential cottage is one of the most photographed in the world.
Mary Arden's Farm The working Tudor farm that was home to Shakespeare's mother. Rustic farmland with woodland area and nature trails.
Opening times: Open all year round, hours vary by house and by season (Mary Arden's Farm closed November to mid-March). See website for details.
Admission: Information about pricing available on website.
Group Tours: Savings available for parties of 15 or more. Call 01789 201 806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities: Cafes at Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Hall's Croft & Mary Arden's Farm. Gift shops at all sites.
Events: Special events, seasonal activities, talks and bespoke tours available. See website for details.
Disabled access: Please see website for access and parking information.
Toilets: Yes, including accessible toilets at all sites.
Coach/Car parking: Coach drop-off point near Shakespeare's Birthplace. Hall's Croft and Shakespeare's New Place are in the centre of town, a short walk from nearby carparks. Free parking at Mary Arden's and for a small hourly charge at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.
Length of visit: 1 - 5 hours, varies by house
Location: Shakespeare's Birthplace CV37 6QW; Shakespeare's New Place CV37 6EP; Hall's Croft CV37 6BG; Anne Hathaway's Cottage CV37 9HH; Mary Arden's Farm CV37 9UN.
Updated: December 2019