Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare's Birthplace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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10:00 - 16:30
Monday
10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:30
Thursday
10:00 - 16:30
Friday
10:00 - 16:30
Saturday
10:00 - 16:30
Sunday
10:00 - 16:30
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Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up. Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, enjoy live theatre on demand and get up close to rare artefacts from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.
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Gary R
Seattle, WA235 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
After the tour, I'm now a new fan of Shakespeare. You can use their qr code throughout the tour. The guide book is not needed, other than something to take home.

My recommendation is right after you enter there is a poster with all the saying we use today that came from him. Take a picture before moving on.

Be sure to visit all three locations
Written 15 May 2022
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Ben Lomax
Riverside, CA238 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Stratford on Avon is on all the tour guide handbooks so I won’t pretend we were the first family to visit. But it was one of the coolest comprehensive places we saw on our whole trip.

His birthplace, where he went to school, where he lived as an adult, and his grave all well within walking distance.

I found his childhood home almost eerie in its preservation. Like a museum but the real thing also. All the black and white striped buildings stuck with me and likely will forever. Seeing his actual school where kids are still going to school today? All of that was just crazy to me.

The strip mall looking area the buses drop you off had a lot of variety and prices were pretty reasonable so that was good also.

My only issue was that the church where the Bard was buried was there but inaccessible. You could sacrilegiously walk through the entire cemetery like a ghoul but his grave was locked up right. Likely to keep idiots from desecrating it, ok, but I just wanted to pay my respects and was a little bummed out to rush over there before our tour bus left us and then not have the chance.

Notwithstanding that it overall was an awesome experience!
Written 9 May 2022
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Marcus G
Stroud, UK276 contributions
May 2022
After you've been through the really good exhibition you go to the house which is as you would expect, low ceilings, wattle and daub and rickerty floors, so be sensible. Anyway, it's fabulous. There is no pretense that you are seeing stuff you aren't. It's well described and shows what it would have been like. It's a brilliant way to spend some time.
It does get VERY busy, wise to book ahead and go for a slot first thing if you are able.
You exit through the gift shop and there is plenty of quality items at pretty good prices
Written 8 May 2022
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341jags
London, United Kingdom226 contributions
Apr 2022
Really nice site and learning more at about the greatest writer that lived.

Kids really enjoyed and the site is dog friendly. Volunteers were very accommodating and nice.
Written 3 May 2022
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341jags
London, United Kingdom226 contributions
May 2022
The volunteers were very helpful and very knowledgeable. We took our dog and they were very accommodating.

We visited the birthplace of Shakespeare and loved the gardens.

The New Place is very nice and again the garden was wonderful.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage garden and Orchard was really nice and the dog got a little run round. The volunteers again were very knowledgeable and enhanced the experience.

To fully appreciate the sites I would recommend visiting on a warm summer's day.
Written 3 May 2022
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Kuldip Singh
Wolverhampton, UK317 contributions
May 2022 • Family
It's quite overpriced for what it is. Could be much cheaper. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. Most have the items here are replicas of what would have been there.
Written 2 May 2022
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VSM
6 contributions
Apr 2022
This felt a bit expensive when I was looking into it before we travelled. But, when you get to Stratford and start to visit each of the properties you realise that it is worth every penny.
The online booking process was easy and not having to see all three venues in one day a bonus.
Each site is well run, the teams are both knowledgeable and passionate. The gardens at each are lovely, showing lots of blooms for all year round. Toilets at each are fresh and clean. Slightly limited options re food - mostly hot/cold drinks and crisps and biscuits. May be a post Covid situation but worth being aware. Not that you’ll be stuck for food in Stratford!
Written 30 April 2022
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Simone_hammy_bunny
England191 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
A must to visit when in Stratford upon Avon. Within walking distance in town center. Best to buy Shakespeare's story combo tickets to also visit New Place and Ann Hathaway cottage
Written 24 April 2022
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Arch1970
East Anglia, UK7 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We loved the House tours and the information given by the staff.The shops had load of books to buy on Shakespeare and some super gifts.
Written 23 April 2022
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penguin1963
Rhyl, UK80 contributions
Apr 2022
Not being a Shakespeare nut I still enjoyed this as did hubby - even more a non Shakespeare person than myself. We visited his home, the new place and Anne Hathaway cottage. The houses were lovely but it was the gardens that took our fancy. The guides were all lovely and looked after my mobility scooter whilst I looked at the ground floors of the buildings and also showed me the upstairs using the ipad.
It was interesting to read all the information about him and his family so maybe it was just my English teacher that couldn't get me more interested in the plays - I had remember some of the more famous quote so maybe something had stuck
Written 19 April 2022
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