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Historic House, £9-£14.95

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace


Henley Street,
CV37 6QW



Shakespeare's Birthplace has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. This is where it all began. William Shakespeare was born and grew up in this house. He ate meals in the hall and he slept and dreamed in these rooms. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway.

For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, the house is a shrine. You will discover the world that shaped the man and you'll find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Well-known visitors have included Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy.

Shakespeare's Birthplace is a fascinating house that offers a tantalising glimpse into Shakespeare's early world. It's a special place that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
Explore the Shakespeare’s family home and glove making business. Discover the world that shaped the man. Stand where genius was born. Enjoy live theatre every day with costumed actors performing excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays.

New for 2013 - Delightful cafe serving locally sourced, home-made fare with views of the Birthplace and gardens.

From 23 March – Treasure Exhibition. Experience the world of Shakespeare through the unique items from the Trust’s Collections, some on public for the first time. Supported by the DCMS/Wolfson Fund.

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesPublic toiletsWheelchairs available

Children welcomeSmoking not allowed

Opening Hours: Summer (April-May) Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Extended Summer Opening (June-August) Mon-Sun 9am-6pm September-October Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Winter (Nov-March) Mon-Sun 10am-4pm

Opening details

Summer (April-October)
Shakespeare's Birthplace (April-May) - Mon - Sun, 9am - 5pm
Extended summer opening -(June-August) Mon-Sun 9am-6pm
September-October -Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Mon - Sun, 9am - 5pm

Mary Arden's Farm - Mon - Sun, 10am - 5pm

Hall's Croft, Mon - Sun, 10am - 5pm

Nash's House & New Place, Mon - Sun, 10am - 5pm
Winter Season (November - March)
Shakespeare's Birthplace - Mon - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Mon - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Mary Arden's Farm - Closed
Hall's Croft, Mon - Sun, 11am - 4pm
Nash's House & New Place, Mon - Sun, 11am - 4pm

1. Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Hall's Croft and Nash's House & New Place are open daily throughout the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day; Mary Arden's Farm is open from 21 March - 31 October.

2. Allow about 45 minutes to 1 hour to visit each house, except Mary Arden's Farm, which is on a much larger site and can take two hours or more if wished.

3. Please note that on-site car parks will be closed half an hour after last entry


12 months FREE entry for a year from date of purchase!
Anne Hathaway's Cottage: Adult £9.00; Child £5.00; Concession £8.00; Family £22.50

Mary Arden's Farm: Adult £9.95; Child £6.50; Concession £8.95; Family £26.50

Free, Unlimited entry for 12 months from date of purchase

BIRTHPLACE PASS: Includes entry to Shakespeare's Birthplace, Nash's House & New Place, Hall's Croft and Shakespeare grave's at Holy Trinity Church.
Adult £14.95
Child £9.00
Concession £13.95
Family £38.50

FIVE HOUSE PASS: Includes entry to Shakespeare's Birthplace, Hall's Croft, Nash's House & New Place, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's Farm and Shakespeare's grave at Holy Trinity Church.
Adult £22.50
Child £13.50
Concession £20.50
Family £58.00

Children Under 5: free
Child: between 5 - 15 and 16 - 17 year olds in full-time education*
Concession Student 18 + , Seniors 60+ and Disabled persons
Adult: 16 + NOT in education
Carer: Free
Family: 2 adults and up to 4 children aged 5 -16
School/college groups: One member of staff free for every 10 students

* Children (5-15 incl.) will not be allowed to visit unsupervised. 16-17 year olds may be required to prove their age.

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Map reference: SP 199556  Lat: 52.19845 Long: -1.70922

From Stratford Tourist Information Centre proceed to the top of Bridge Street. Turn into Henley Street which is to the right of Barclays Bank. This street is pedestrianised. Continue up Henley Street and Shakespeare's Birthplace can be found on the right-hand side.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Opening Hours: Summer (April-May) Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Extended Summer Opening (June-August) Mon-Sun 9am-6pm September-October Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Winter (Nov-March) Mon-Sun 10am-4pm

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


Q30. The Birthplace is presented as it would have been in Shakespeare's time. Lit only by canlelight and the glow from the fires.