Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s New Place - two historically significant sites linked to William Shakespeare in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon are due to reopen once again on Monday, 14 June – for the first time since the pandemic hit in March 2020. They will join Shakespeare’s Birthplace, which reopened on 17 May in response to Stage 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, a tour of Shakespeare’s family homes provides a unique insight into the life and work of William Shakespeare. Discover the fascinating stories of Shakespeare the boy, family man and business man and how he continues to shape our lives today. New this year is a series of video guides that can be streamed direct to your mobile smartphone by scanning the QR codes around the sites.
Make a day of it and soak up the peace and tranquillity of the historic grounds once roamed by Shakespeare and his family.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Relive Shakespeare’s love story at the very site where he courted his bride-to-be. At this most iconic of English thatched cottages, visitors can marvel at some of the original features and furniture of the 500-year old Hathaway family home including the Hathaway bed (the ‘second best bed’), and the courting settle. Wander through acres of beautiful grounds, orchards and the sculpture garden and enjoy the sights and smells of plants and flowers that Shakespeare would have known or wrote about in his plays. Look out for the giant willow sculpture – a perfect spot for those Instagram photos. Why not bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family in the gardens?
Shakespeare’s New Place
Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and be inspired at the site that was his grand family home for 19 years. Begin your journey with an introductory exhibition at the ‘house next door’ – Nash’s House which belonged to Shakespeare’s granddaughter and her husband Thomas Nash. Uncover the fascinating story of the house that isn't there and discover beautiful gardens and specially-commissioned contemporary artwork that evoke a sense of family life and the major works that were written there.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s New Place are open five days a week (Saturday – Wednesday) from 10am-4pm and tickets must be booked in advance via www.shakespeare.org.uk. The Shakespeare’s Story ticket permits entry to all three houses and are great value priced from £24 (adult, off-peak) to include a voluntary donation.
Shakespeare’s family homes have been awarded Visit England’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation for COVID-safe attractions. In order to manage capacity and to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors, tickets must be booked online in advance, there will be a one-way route around the site and hand sanitiser stations throughout.
As part of a measured approach to phasing our operations, Mary Arden’s Farm is currently closed to general visitors as it will be used as an education space for primary school children across the region. Hall’s Croft remains closed until further notice. For the latest update on our plans, see www.shakespeare.org.uk/covid.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a self-sustaining charity which generates its income through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends. Every purchase and donation helps care for the world's greatest Shakespeare heritage in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. For more information see www.shakespeare.org.uk/support-us.