The Shakespeare Houses
Five beautiful houses and gardens all connected with William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace – Where the Shakespeare story began…
New for 2009 – Immerse yourself in our new and exciting ‘Life, Love & Legacy Exhibition’, which introduces you to the work, life and times of the world’s most famous playwright. Visit the house where he was born and grew up and continue through into the garden which includes many of the plants mentioned in his plays.
Take a rare opportunity to visit our new ‘Shakespeare Found – a life portrait’ exhibition until 6 September 2009 and see how handsome and alive Shakespeare now seems after 400 years.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – The Most Romantic Shakespeare House
Fall in love with the picturesque thatched cottage and family home of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway and see where he wooed her. Stroll through the award-winning cottage garden and admire the old-fashioned plants, orchards and traditional vegetables. Enjoy Shakespeare’s most popular sonnets in the romantic Willow Cabin, wander through the enchanting woodland walk and the Shakespeare Sculpture and Tree Garden.
Mary Arden’s Farm – A Real Working Tudor Farm
Visit the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother and see the farm history brought to life. Step back into the 1570s and meet Mary’s neighbours, the Palmer family as they cook and eat, and see how they live day-to-day Tudor style! Meet our rare farm breeds of Cotswold Sheep; Longhorn Cattle, Tamworth Pigs and hand-feed the Bagot and Golden goats. Experience the age-old pastime of Falconry, a popular sport often mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.
Hall’s Croft – The Jacobean Doctor’s House
Explore the elegant house, once home to Susanna, Shakespeare’s daughter and physician husband Dr John Hall with its lavish rooms. Examine the fascinating collection of apothecary’s equipment, books and medical instruments. Relax in the tranquil gardens and savour the fragrant herb beds, like those used by John Hall in his remedies.
Nash’s House & New Place – Where the Shakespeare Story Ended
Take in the period splendour of Nash’s House and visit New Place, Shakespeare final beloved home where he died in 1616. View ‘The Web of Life’ exhibition which uses beautiful treasures to illustrate the strands of life captured in Shakespeare’s works. Enjoy the Elizabethan Knot Garden based on designs from Shakespeare’s time.