Learn more about Shakespeare’s Story

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Have you visited Shakespeare’s houses in Stratford-Upon-Avon?

Why not take a summer day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon and discover more about the life and times of William Shakespeare by visiting his family homes?

Statue of William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon
William Shakespeare statue in Henley Street, created by sculptor James Butler. © Regan Thacker

William Shakespeare, is widely known as one of the world’s the greatest writers. Most of us read William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets at school. And today we still use some of phrases found in his writing, such as ‘cruel to be kind‘, ‘Jealousy is the green-eyed monster‘, and ‘What’s done is done‘.

On the 14th of June 2021, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Shakespeare’s New place, and Anne Hathaway’s cottage re-opened to the public from 10am – 3.30pm on Saturday to Wednesday (closed Thursdays and Fridays).

Shakespeare’s Story visit 20 June 2021

During your visit, you will discover that all of Shakespeare’s houses were either owned by Shakespeare or a member of his family. You can visit three of the houses when you purchase a Shakespeare’s story ticket. You must pre-book a 1 hour time slot, please see the official website for updates.

Shakespeare’s family homes have Visit England’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation, which means they are following Covid-19 guidance by implementing measures to increase visitor safety, such as pre-booking, wearing face masks inside buildings, reduced capacity, a one-way route around the site and hand sanitiser stations.

Whilst exploring Shakespeare’s houses and gardens, you will learn more about Tudor life and gain an interesting insight into the Bard of Avon’s life and work.


Now is actually a good time to visit due to the reduced number of visitors. The staff have more time to share some fascinating stories. Your visit will feel less rushed, and it’s less crowded which means it’s easier to take photos.

QR Code Tours of Sheakespeares houses
QR Code Self-Guided Tours

You can now access online video guides by scanning the QR codes dotted around the houses with your mobile phone for a self-guided experience.

The gift shops have lots of books, t-shirts, and creative merchandise with many of your favourite Shakespearean quotes and insults.

SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE

Shakespeare’s birthplace is the restored 16th century home where William was born and grew up with his family.

Shakespeares House, the birthplace and home of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s birthplace © Regan Thacker

Inside you will find lots of period furnishings, a glass window with the signatures left by famous visitors to the house over the centuries, and Shakespeares fathers’ glove making workshop.

Bed in Shakespeares house

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep

William Shakespeare
The Tempest, Act IV, Scene 1

SHAKESPEARE’S NEW PLACE

Shakespeares New Place would have been the largest house in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and it was Shakespeares final place of residence. It’s where the bard of Avon wrote most of his plays until he died in 1616.

Shakespeares New Place (Gardens)
Shakespeare’s New Place © Regan Thacker

Unfortunately the house was demolished in 1759, but you can view the plans of this impressive five-gabled gatehouse with it’s long gallery on the upper floor that would have faced onto chapel street.

Art in Shakespeares Garden
Artwork at Shakespeare’s New Place © Regan Thacker

Shakespeares birthplace trust have created a tranquil garden and installed various artworks to commemorate the importance of this site.

ANNE HATHAWAY’S COTTAGE

Anne Hathaway’s cottage is about a 45 min walk or ten-minute drive from the centre of Stratford-Upon-Avon. It’s also accessible by public transport or the the Hop-on hop-off tour bus route. Due to it’s location, you should consider visiting this site first or make sure you allow time plenty of time to arrive. Doors close at 3pm for the last pre-booked time slots.

This beautiful five hundred-year-old cottage is where Anne Hathaway grew up, and Shakespeare courted her before she became his wife.

This thatched cottage the home of Shakespeares wife, Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage © Regan Thacker

In the cottage gardens, you will find the popular moon seat which you may have seen on Instagram. The moon seat is a giant willow sculpture inspired by The Merchant of Venice. It was designed by Tom Hare, and it provides the perfect framing and viewpoint for admiring the beauty of Hathaway’s cottage & gardens.

The Moon Seat, which is a giant willow crescent moon at Shakespeares wife's house

The Moon Seat © Brett Kowalski

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!

Here will we sit and let the sounds of music

Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night

Become the touches of sweet harmony.

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Due to the reduced capacity, we were able to spend a good amount of time getting some nice photos of the moon seat without annoying any other visitors.

Shakespeare’s birthplace trust

Many thanks to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for organising our visit for this review. The trust was founded in 1847. They are an independent charity who do a fantastic job of preserving Shakespeare’s houses and promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the bards works.

You can support this local independent charity by visiting Shakespeare’s houses, becoming a patron or volunteer, following and promoting them on social media, or making a donation.

Big Ferris Wheel and boats on the River in Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire
Brett Kowalski taking photos on the River Avon in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire © Regan Thacker

If you have time, you can also enjoy exploring Stratford-Upon-Avon which is a beautiful medieval market town located on the river avon in Warwickshire.



17 thoughts on “Learn more about Shakespeare’s Story

  1. I visited two of the houses in Stratford about 20 years ago but have only faint memories, but I recently read “Hamnett” by Maggie O’Farrell, a novel about Shakespeare and his family that is set in Stratford. That also brought my thoughts back to my visit there – and now I came upon you post. Good timing! Thanks!

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  2. We would definitely want to visit Stratford Upon Avon and learn more about Shakespeare. I might find myself spouting off famous lines as I walked around. Fun to visit this three houses and Anne Hathaways cottage and learn more about life during their time. It looks like a lovely town to wander.

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  3. I did not know about Stratford-Upon-Avon this at all. The only place related to Shakespeare I have been is the dome in London. I would love to visit this place and see those cute cottages. I really liked his birth home, very cute and the town looks amazing too.

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  4. We studied Shakepeare in undergrad. It is such a treat to see this, even virtually. The idea of putting verses with pictures is wonderful. It’s such a pleasure to read the great writer’s work again.

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  5. We’d love to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon and learn more about the life of Shakepeare. It’s fascinating that you can visit his birthplace and final place of residence. Anne Hathaway’s cottage is also charming, and the moon seat is a great spot for photos.

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  6. The place where the Bard of Avon was born and where he lived during his active years both look so amazing. The whole town seems to be quite beautiful.

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  7. My wife would definitely love to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon. She has always so passionate about Shakespeare being an English literature post graduate. We would certainly avail a hop-on-hop-off bus which has always been a favorite of ours when visiting a new place. Getting off at Anne Hathaway;s cottage should be great fun. It looks so beautiful and the area around so serene.

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  8. No wonder he was able to produce works of love, jealousy, revenge, murder–everything about humanity. It is one’s home that nourishes creativity and critical thinking. Kudos to the organization for preserving and promoting the houses!

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  9. My first impression, the houses are beautiful. No wonder he could produce great works from here. I agree with you, today is the best time for visiting since they limit number of visitors. I’m sure it’s a dream destination for many.

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