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- A visit to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s birth place has been on my life list for a long time. Was so excited to visit. Went to the birth place on a Sunday when it opened at 10am. Was quite busy but there was plenty of space to explore. Loved the initial exhibit and then seeing the house itself. So interesting to learn more about where Shakespeare lived and what life was like for his family. The staff were great and had lots of knowledge. They answered our many questions. Great gift shop too, we ended up busying lots of books and souvenirs. Definitely recommend a visit for any Shakespeare fan.Written 5 August 2022
- Located about a mile out of town is Anne Hathaway cottage. The walk from town is very pleasant and is well signposted. It was a about a 25 min walk. We almost didn’t venture out as the weather was a bit rainy but so glad we did. The grounds are beautiful, with a lovely orchard, gardens and a sculpture trail. The cottage is small but interesting to look around. Very helpful staff who were happy to answer any questions we had. Got a nice little shop too. You can drive from town but the walk is it far and well worth it. Very much enjoyed this.Written 5 August 2022
- One of my favourite places to visit in the UK, second time I've been. Highly recommend. The most beautiful butterflies. Reasonable price.Written 7 August 2022
- Brilliant production of Richard III- probably the best Shakespeare I have ever seen!
Arthur Hughes as Richard III is fabulous- playing him as a control obsessed sociopath and bringing the audience along with him with his scheming and skullduggery.
I would definitely recommend this play to everyone- it is excellent.Written 30 July 2022
- Glimpses 15th century working farm that belonged to Family Arden – William Shakespeare’s Grandparents.Review covers Mary Arden’s farm at Wilmcote, 10 km North-West of Stratford-upon-Avon.
William Shakespeare – English poet, actor and playwright and generally considered the best-known/revered writer in the English Language. And the farm? This is where the bard’s grandparents lived and where his mother Mary Arden was raised; it’s where you can catch a glimpse of what rural life was like in Tudor England >400 years ago.
And William Shakespeare? Well, as-far-as Mary Arden’s farm (his mother’s place) is concerned he’s not yet in the picture as-it-were – not even a walk-on part - he’s waiting there in the future a generation away. You visit the farm, explore the buildings, examine the heritage pictures and talk with the many volunteers responsible for guiding you through what you’re looking at – acting their parts, demonstrating the house and farm activities of those times, dressed in period costumes and providing you with an introduction to livestock/crops production typical of a rural community in the 15th century Midlands - how people used to live. Sanitized, of course. It’s all part of the Shakespeare Heritage Industries centred upon Stratford-upon-Avon.
That, however, is not the point … life in Tudor times was hard for ordinary folk. Mary Arden is background information, and her farmhouse represents ‘Mother’ for those crucial life, food production, culinary, medical, economic and social skills required when raising a large family – no family planning in those days – and large families covered the loss of children to all manner of diseases unimaginable to those of us living in the rich countries today. No security in old age either.
We were in Stratford to catch a glimpse of Shakespeare’s early life – before he became a famous playwright - starting with his Mother’s farm/Arden Cottage. There are two residential houses on the site. 1 Arden Family home – smaller of the two, red brick and towards the rear of the property; and 2. Palmer’s farm-house – larger, timber framed, typical of the period. It was only 20 years ago that the former was conclusively identified as the Arden Family home. Wander the houses and explore the rooms, furnishings and the modus vivendi of the many people who once lived there. Then the grounds - dovecote, cider mill (apples to pulp to juice), small livestock/out-buildings & paddocks, photographs and more. And about livestock, the farm is stocked with a dozen breeds typical of the period – cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and more – rare breeds that can no longer match the productivity of modern breeds.
We caught the staff/actors around a large table eating their lunch – typical of the fayre found in a Tudor farmhouse of the day – bread, salad, pie of some kind – from a fine selection of china wear; white blouses, caps, hair and beards – take you pick - from this picturesque collection of farmworkers. Unbelievably clean and presentable. Novel. Interesting and friendly people talking easily with those of leaning over their shoulders - sharing their knowledge of everyday life back then.
Outside wandering the ground and the buildings we figured that we had missed the geese herding. However, we did catch the demonstration of falconry with a large brown bird flying off the heavily gloved left forearm of the falconer. Like everyone else that day he was in smart period costume – flat cap, leather waistcoat, white shirt, green knee-length breeches with long brown socks/stockings/hose below. Oh, and fine-looking facial hair – beard and moustache - matching his brilliant shirt.
Worth highlighting here – the large number of illustrated/information posters around the place describing all kinds of rural activities typical of the period, including falconry. This one describes William Shakespeare and his familiarity with this sport (with quotations from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’). Others described ‘blacksmithing’, ‘Cider making’, ‘Horse Doctor’, ‘English Housewife’, ‘Farm carts’, ‘Arden Family Tree’ and many more.
Mary had clearly come from a relatively well-to-do local family – the youngest daughter in a family of eight belonging to Robert Arden – well respected/middle income man of the shires – and his first wife Mary Webb. Social position would have ensured that Mary would have been a literate girl/woman – she would have enjoyed a level of education gained from her responsibilities – education that would have benefited her sone William. And, that Shakespeare name? It came from Mary’s marriage to John Shakespeare
What you see is what you get – this sanitized glimpse of a family home from the 15th century firmly, if briefly, linked to the life and times of William Shakespeare.
Many interesting cameos/stories then that helped make the world’s most famous English writer … but, we had a train to catch that afternoon, and one with a gorgeous English steam locomotive. We expected to be in London that evening after a delightful four-course champagne dinner. Shakespeare’s annual journeys >400 years ago over much the same route would typically have taken him six days or more walking tracks and footpaths. As he became richer – perhaps travelling by horse. No choice – steam wins hands down.
12 June 2020Written 12 June 2020
- This was a great experience for a very reasonable cost, the staff were highly engaged with their customers, friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. My son is 11 and they were able to connect with him and make this a fantastic learning experience for him because their enthusiasm was so contagious.Written 23 July 2022
- Great production, very talented cast, theatre is quite warm in hot weather so wear appropriate clothing. Worth a visit to support a smaller theatre.Written 7 August 2022
- Has to be done really, the resting place of the Bard himself. A lovely church too and can be combined with a walk along the river.Written 7 August 2022
- It’s very good but a bit mixed. The Neapolitan paintings did very little for me: they are daubs for aristocratic tourists. The North European stuff by contrast is magnificent and while the Chinese bowls etc don’t do much for me, it is an important and valuable collection. Best of all is the folk art, especially the paintings. Loved them. There are also some great portraits from the National Collection, including an intriguing Julie Walters. The worst part by far is the rubbish by David Batchelor. He likes colours so produces blobs of yellow and blue in case the rest of us have forgotten what they look like. Just boring. So all in all pretty good with some fantastic highlights as well as pretentious dross.Written 5 August 2022
- The Tudor era was nicely depicted. There was sufficient information. I did not bring any children but it would certainly be nice for older ones. Younger ones might find it scary. Pity there were no restrooms.Written 7 August 2022
- Paul and dion on the canal tour were great hosts, nothing was to much trouble and always made sure our experience was 5* Great tour, really relaxing and enjoyable.Written 28 July 2022
- Was unable to visit the inside but the outside is a fine example of a period house, which originally belonged to John Hall, physician and son in law of William Shakespeare.Written 21 May 2022
- We didn’t spent too long here, but it was lovely to go and see Shakespeare’s memorial garden. Loved the Shakespeare plays themed sculptures and particularly the bronze tree sculpture, that was unreal. The garden was beautiful and it was super cool to see the mulberry tree, rumoured to have been planted by Shakespeare him self. There is a small indoor exhibition about the new place that was also interesting.Written 5 August 2022
- A fun way to get across the river but make sure you have cash. £1.00 for an adult, not sure about the price for a child.Written 27 July 2022
- Our self guided walk through the town started here, so it was good to get our bearings and see what the town had to offer. Some lovely old buildings, a few Shakespeare related statues and, of course, Shakespeare's birthplace (closed on day we were there!) Just amble up and down, take time to browse the shops and buildings and stop off for a cream tea in the shop near the bottom of the road.Written 22 July 2022