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Mary Arden's Farm

Mary Arden's Farm is currently closed

Mary Arden’s Farm is currently closed to the public. As part of our phased and measured approach to reopening the Shakespeare family homes, we will continue to operate Mary Arden's Farm as a dedicated outdoor learning facility with special access for local and regional primary schools during the autumn/winter term. Our specialist education workshops will offer pupils an authentic Tudor learning experience, bringing Shakespeare to life in a positive and COVID-safe environment while the Shakespeare Centre is closed for on-site education courses. We will announce our operating plans for this site in due course. Thank you for understanding. Continue reading...

Discover the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm on a fantastic family day out at Mary Arden’s Farm. Meet the Tudors who run the farm just as Shakespeare’s mother would have done, watch craft and falconry demonstrations and explore the farmyard, playground and historic buildings.

Built by Mary’s father, Robert Arden around 1514, Mary Arden’s House has been significantly altered over time. Today, visitors to Mary Arden’s Farm can peek inside the chimney and the walls, discover how the house was built and imagine what life must have been like for Mary when she lived here with her seven sisters.

Neighbouring Palmer’s Farmhouse retains much of its original 16th Century structure. Adam Palmer would have employed several day labourers to undertake the daily work on the land and the care of the livestock, and female servants to help his wife with domestic and farmyard tasks. By 1584 Palmer had improved his house, demolishing the old hall and parlour and building a new hall, cross-passage and kitchen, to create the building we see today.

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