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Experience Shakespeare your way

Discover Shakespeare and his world

Explore over 400 years of Shakespeare across five historic homes in Stratford-upon-Avon

Take a deep dive beyond the classics and explore the influences, inspirations and formative experiences that shaped his craft.

Explore the historic places which influenced his work and discover more about how they are cared for today.

Meet the man behind the works

Explore the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world.  

Discover the story of the world famous playwright at the height of his success as a writer, family man and prominent citizen of his home town.

See stunning artworks inspired by his genius

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Usov Wood Sculpture

Get up close to treasured items from the collections

See authentic items from our museum collection - including one of our most prized possessions, the gold signet ring.  The inscription, ‘WS’ has invited much speculation and, for many people, it is the most significant surviving object that was once owned and used by the poet.

Signet Ring

Join our experts throughout the year for a deeper exploration of Shakespeare's work, life and times

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Discover Shakespeare's influence through the centuries

See where famous names from history, including Walter Scott and Ellen Terry, have inscribed their signatures onto the ‘Birthplace window’. 

Birthplace window

Leave no story untold

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Explore Shakespeare's childhood world in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Discover his influence through the years and inspiration around the world in exhibition, Famous Beyond Words, and enjoy contemporary artwork and an early printed Shakespeare Folio.

Birthplace image

Mary Arden's Farm

Step back in time and experience the world Shakespeare would have known and explore the farm where his mother, Mary Arden, lived and worked.

See Tudor farming methods and rare heritage breeds Mary Arden herself would have known.

Mary Arden's farm

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Savour the rural beauty of the place where Shakespeare’s wife grew up and lived for many years. 

Retreat into nine acres of gardens, orchards and woodland, and see artworks inspired by Shakespeare as you explore the grounds.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Shakespeare's New Place

Discover the story of the world-famous playwright at the height of his success as a writer, family man and prominent citizen of his home town.

Shakespeare's New Place

Hall's Croft

Meet the next generation: Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, physician John Hall.

Admire the stunning periods and compare Jacobean thinking to today’s in our medical exhibition.

Hall's Croft

Discover more at Shakespeare's family homes

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