Accessibility at Shakespeare's Birthplace


Visitors peruse a leaflet

Car and cycle parks are in close proximity including Windsor Street, with Blue Badge spaces at the top of Henley Street.

Visitors' Centre

Access to the Birthplace Visitor Centre is via a pedestrianised shopping street. The ground floor offers level access with a lower level ticket desk and hearing loop. There is also a wheelchair-accessible toilet as well as visitor toilets and baby-changing facilities. After the reception area there is a short introductory audio visual tour with some seating and space for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Note: There is low level lighting.

Foreign language (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin) Braille and large print guides are available. 

Cafe and exhibition

Accessed via stairs or a platform lift.


There are mostly level footpaths with some bench seating and a small pushchair parking area. An accessible toilet, visitor toilets and baby-changing facilities are located to the rear of the gardens. A courtesy wheelchair is available.

Shakespeare's Birthplace/House

The entrance has level access from the gardens. It is not possible to provide access to the first floor for wheelchair users. However there is a virtual reality tour of the area with a touch screen giving visitors a choice of a guided or self-navigating 3D tour. Note: Owing to the age of the building, the floor is uneven in places with narrow doorframes and we are unable to accommodate some electric or wide-wheeled chairs.

Shakespeare gift and book shop

Access is via a level path and turnstile/gate from the gardens or Henley Street.

For downloadable access guides please click here.