Shakespeare's BirthplaceStratford upon Avon
Henley Street
Warwickshire  CV37 6QW
 
 

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in this attractive Tudor house in the heart of Stratford.

 
Tourists enter his house through the Shakespeare Visitor Centre where they are introduced to Shakespeare’s world through multi-media exhibitions.  There are a number of treasures on display including a Shakespeare’s First Folio.
 
As you wander through the house it is easy to imagine a youthful Shakespeare growing up here and then after marrying Anne Hathaway, spending the first years of their married life here living with the Shakespeare family.
 
The house contains period furniture and there are plenty of tour guides in Tudor costume on hand to answer questions.
 
The great poet and playwright’s family home has always been a magnet for tourists.  Do not miss the window on which 19th century visitors, including Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy carved their names.  Even the literary greats enjoyed a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace!
 
Shakespeare's father ran a glove making business here
The house was not only a residence but also a place of business.  Shakespeare’s father ran his glove making business from home.  The outbuildings behind the house were used for storing animal skins and liming pits.  Imagine how the pungent smell from the tanning process would have pervaded every room in the house!   A glove making workshop has been recreated in one of the rooms.
 
The family would probably have kept a pig, hens and a horse. They would have grown vegetables, herbs and fruit trees for cooking and medicinal needs.
 
Costumed Actors
The charming garden is at the back of the house and during the season, costumed actors perform, bringing to life some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters.  There are live performances all year round and visitors are invited to join in.
 
Plan Your Day
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Opening Times & Prices
Open all year.  See official website (link below) for seasonal times.
 
Tickets
Tip
This is one of five properties owned and managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  The other properties are: Nash's House & New Place and Hall's Croft, both in Stratford together with Anne Hathaway's Cottage at Shottery and Mary Arden's Farm at Wilmcote.
For special ticket deals go to Web:   Shakespeare Properties - plan your visit
 
Disabled Access
Access to the Birthplace is via a pedestrianised shopping street.  The ground floor of the Birthplace and the Visitors' Centre are accessible although the floor is uneven in parts.
 
The garden is also accessible.  Disabled toilets available.
 
Facilities
Toilets, Gift Shop and Bookshop.  Car parks nearby.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone    +44 (0) 1789 201016
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