Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

Love and marriage

Interior of Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage garden

 Discover where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway at her picturesque family home.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a thatched farmhouse containing many original items of family furniture, including the Hathaway Bed. It is nestled within stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs.

The cottage is in the hamlet of Shottery, which is just over one mile from the town centre and can be accessed via a pleasant, well sign-posted footpath.

Highlights at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

Explore the realities of trying to find a husband or a wife in our new Tudor Courtship exhibition.

Seek out our remarkable giant willow creations around the cottage gardens.

Relax in our Cottage Garden Cafe, offering a range of hot and cold meals and refreshments (open from 10am).

Children's Activities

Get hands on with the nature themed challenges and crafts in our family activity marquee (weekends and holidays).

Be sure to look out for the latest puzzles, quizzes and trails to help bring your visit to life!

April - June:

A Midnight Dream. A Midsummer Night’s Dream trail with activities leading you through the beautiful gardens at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

Flutter By! Help Anne find the butterflies that have flown into the cottage! 

Sweet Smelling Spring. Can you identify the scents of Spring? Put your nose to the test with our interactive smelly boxes. 


During the spring and summer:

Explore our butterfly trail, with specially created conservation borders designed to attract a broad variety of butterflies. Stroll along our beautiful sweet pea trail, at its best in the height of summer, and enjoy a riot of colour and scent. 


See a map of the cottage gardens.

Want to see more? Take an online tour of the parlour and the bedrooms at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.



Tickets, location and opening times

Save on tickets with the Shakespeare Five House Pass; including entry to all of Shakespeare’s family homes and Shakespeare’s final resting place at Holy Trinity Church.  

Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens can be reached via a pleasant 1.3 mile walk from the town centre. The postcode reference for sat nav is CV37 9HH.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens at Anne Hathaway's Cottage, provided they are accompanied and on a lead.


22 Cottage Lane,
CV37 9HH
Tel: 01789 338532


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You can also find the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's statement regarding the Shottery development here.

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 Anne Hathaway's cottage gardens

Highlights at Anne Hathaway's Cottage


Enjoy the peace and tranquility of beautiful cottage gardens and traditional orchards cared for by our award winning gardening team. 

What do people think?

If you have visited any of the Shakespeare Houses & Gardens, attended a literary event or participated in one of our courses we would love to know what you think. 

Do let us know and feel free to send us any pictures from your visit.

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