Anne Hathaway’s CottageStratford-upon-Avon
Cottage Lane
Warwickshire CV37 9HH


Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s wife. It is about one mile (2 kms) outside Stratford town centre on the outskirts of the small village of Shottery.

The thatched, half timbered cottage surrounded by its award-winning ‘country garden’ is a picture. The garden is packed with roses and herbaceous borders surrounded by rolling lawn. It is a substantial 12 roomed Elizabethan farmhouse, with the first part near the road built in the early 1460’s. The orchard end was extended in the 1600’s.

The house is filled with period furniture including the ‘Second Best Bed’ that Shakespeare specifically willed to his wife. According to author Germaine Greer this was not an insult to his wife because ‘first best beds’ were actually an inbuilt feature of a house and could not be moved.

Plan Your Visit
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Disabled Access
There is limited disabled access to the House. However there is full access to Virtual Reality tour rooms plus wheelchair accessible toilets.
Facilities on site include toilets, gift shop, regular garden tours (June – August) and a free car park close to the house.
Opening Hours
For opening days and times for all Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties go to Web:  Plan Your Visit
Admission Prices
Tip  Various admission packages are available including the Shakespeare Five House Ticket for entry to Anne Hathaway's Cottage and all the other Shakespeare Houses. Go to the 'Plan Your Visit' link above.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage is one of the five properties owned and managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The other properties are: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Nash's House & New Place and Hall's Croft, all in Stratford together with Mary Arden's Farm at Wilmcote.
These ‘Multiple House’ tickets give a very good reduction on purchasing single tickets for entry, especially if visiting all five houses.
Contacting Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Telephone   +44 (0)1789 204 016
Getting There
- City Sightseeing Tour Bus   Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a stop on the open top bus tour.
- Walk or Drive from Stratford   The Cottage is only about one mile (2 km) from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre. It is a pleasant walk along picturesque streets and a quiet country lane past thatched cottages.
From the American Fountain at the corner of Wood and Rother Streets, proceed about ¼ mile (400 metres) down Rother Street to Evesham Place and the roundabout, taking the Shottery Road exit.
Continue along Shottery Road, veering right at Quiney’s Road continuing into Tavern Lane. At the intersection where Tavern Lane joins Cottage, Church and Hathaway lanes, take Cottage Lane to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.
- By Car   Follow the Walk/ Drive directions above. Parking is available at the car park about 100 yards (90 metres) before the Cottage – signposted.
Google Map - Anne Hathaway's Cottage

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