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.

Enjoy beautiful gardens in Stratford upon Avon. Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a thatched farmhouse with stunning grounds and gardens, which overflow with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs.The cottage is in Shottery, a hamlet within the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is just over one mile from the town centre and can be accessed via a pleasant, well sign-posted footpath.

See for yourself the many original items of family furniture, including the Hathaway Bed, dating from Anne's time and take in the beauty and tranquillity of the charming cottage gardens.

Highlights at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

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

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

During the spring and summer:

Will's Word Quest: 19 Jul - 31 Aug

Hidden around the beautiful grounds of Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens are seven letters. Can you find them all to discover our mystery word?

Go exploring, then write your answer on a postcard to enter our weekly prize draw for a £250 voucher!

Find out more.

Around the Gardens

Explore our butterfly trail, with specially created conservation borders designed to attract a fantastic 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.

Discover our Say it with Flowers exhibition exploring the symbolism of flowers during the Elizabethan period.


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, directions and opening times

For fantastic value, a Shakespeare Five House Pass provides entry to Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens and all 5 of Shakespeare's Family Homes, which now includes a visit to Shakespeare's grave. You save between £7.00 - £29.50 compared to a Shakespeare Birthplace Pass plus tickets to the Cottage and Mary Arden’s Farm.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens can be reached via a pleasant 1.3 mile walk from the town centre which takes approximately 30 minutes. 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.

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Prices & Opening Times

Getting Here

Eating and Drinking

What's On


Find out what our visitors have to say about us and leave a review of your own experience at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens:

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

Get a 10% discount when booking a multiple house ticket online and come back for free

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  • Enjoy events and activities with garden trails and woodland walks this year at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

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  • Artists Open Days

    Artists Open Days

    Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

    27 March - 18 December 2014

  • Will's Word Quest

    Will's Word Quest

    Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

    19 July - 31 August 2014

 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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  • Visit on 25th February

    Following a visit to four of the properties (Mary Arden's farm was still closed) on Friday 25th February by our family…

    Kathy Plummer