The Shakespeare's Family Homes ticket celebrates the life and works of William Shakespeare through the houses that played an important role in his life. From his birthplace through to the site of the home he shared with his wife and children, this is a historical journey through the places that shaped and inspired Shakespeare’s work. Starting in the Shakespeare Centre where you can discover how Shakespeare’s work has been enjoyed and interpreted throughout the years in the Famous Beyond Words Exhibition. From there, there are five residences to admire:
Follow Shakespeare’s childhood and early married years through the very rooms he lived in.
Famous Beyond Words Exhibition
Your journey starts in the Shakespeare Centre. Explore how Shakespeare has been enjoyed and interpreted through the centuries.
Experience the home environment that shaped Shakespeare’s early life and explore his father’s glove-making workshop. Meet the locals in Shakespeare’s Tavern, open for business once again!
Catch the resident actors bringing Shakespeare’s works to life. Make a request, or even join in!
Admire the luxurious Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband Dr John Hall.
How the other half live - Explore the wealthy, luxurious home of Shakespeare’s daughter and her husband, Dr John Hall; Flemish painting and fine furniture.
A doctor’s paradise - Rest in the beautiful walled garden, a fragrant oasis of medicinal herbs.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Savour the history of a 500 year old-thatched cottage and relive Shakespeare’s love story where he courted his bride-to-be, Anne Hathaway.
A House with history
Relive Shakespeare’s Tudor love story where he courted Anne his bride-to-be and see original furniture, including the Hathaway bed. Uncover five centuries of stories in this picturesque cottage and 13 generations of the family who lived there.
Woodland, orchards, listed gardens
Walking nine acres of grounds, every season holds something new. From the cottage garden bursting with life in spring, to sculpture and stunning autumn colours in the orchard.
Mary Arden’s Tudor Farm (open 17 March to 4 November)
Meet the animals, talk to the Tudors, explore the woods and try Tudor food in the café at Shakespeare’s mother’s farm.
Living Tudor Life
Meet the Tudors who run the farm just as Shakespeare’s mother would have done. You can see them prepare and eat their Tudor dinner every day.
Explore and Play
Enjoy the farmyard, playground and historic buildings. Play hide and seek in the willow tunnels, meet rare-breed animals.
A busy daily schedule
Falconry, geese-herding, Tudor Dinner, craft demonstrations, horse grooming, milking demonstrations…there’s so much to do!
Shakespeare’s New Place
Visit Stratford-Upon-Avon’s newest and most exciting attraction. Enter through the Gatehouse where Shakespeare’s front door used to be, explore the site of his family home. Wander through beautiful gardens, including the restored Knot Garden with breath-taking new sculptures that bring his works to life. Discover a picture of his family life and the part he played in his home town in the brand new exhibition.
26 March - 2 September 2018
9am - 5pm
3 September - 4 November 2018
9am - 4:30pm
5 November - 31 March 2019
10am - 3:30pm
10am - 5pm
10am - 4:30pm
11am - 3:30pm
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Mary Arden’s Farm
Closing times listed above are last entry. Houses close 30 minutes after the last entry.
Vouchers can be redeemed at front of house at each of the Shakespeare Family Homes.