The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

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.

The gardens team will be delighted to share information about the gardens they proudly care for.

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 - his family home
The vacant 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 monthly garden demonstrations.

Hall's Croft - Home of Shakespeare's daughter with a serene walled garden, providing 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 - home to Shakespeare's mother
An organic Tudor working farm in rustic farmland with woodland area, nature trails and a wildflower meadow.

Fact File

Opening times: Open all year, daily, 9am-5pm (10am-4pm Nov to mid-March) 
(Mary Arden's Farm closed November to mid-March)
Admission: See website for prices
Group Tours: Savings available for parties of 15 or more.
Call 01789 201 806 or email groups@shakespeare.co.uk
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. Call 01789 201 806 or see website for details
Disabled access: Shakespeare's New Place is fully accessible. Other Houses vary - please see website for full details. Blue Badge parking available at Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm. Parking available in close proximity to other sites. Assistance dogs welcome at all sites. Please visit the facilities section of each house on the website.
Toilets: Yes, including accessible toilets at all sites.
Coach/Car parking: Coach dropping-off point near Shakespeare's Birthplace. Hall's Croft and Shakespeare's New Place are in the centre of town, a short walk from town centre car parks. 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
Email: groups@shakespeare.org.uk
Website: www.shakespeare.org.uk
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: 13/12/2017

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