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Access at Shakespeare's Birthplace

Advice about access at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, to assist you in planning your visit.

Shakespeare's Birthplace is currently closed

The five Shakespeare family homes - Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft, are currently closed. 

The Shakespeare Centre remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes our reading room, on-site educational courses and after-hours events. 

Thank you for your support and understanding in these times, we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.

Please keep checking our website for announcements or join our mailing list for further updates by email.

Scroll down to listen to an audio described introduction to Shakespeare's Birthplace.

We welcome assistance dogs at all sites.

There are car parks in close proximity to the entrance to the Shakespeare Centre, including Windsor Street. The nearest Blue Badge spaces are at the top of Henley Street near the statue.

There are stairs to access the upper floor of Shakespeare's Birthplace. 

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Reception and Visitor Centre

Access to the Shakespeare Centre is via a shopping street that is pedestrianised for some hours each day. The ground floor offers level access with a lower level ticket desk and hearing loops. There is an accessible toilet and visitor toilets with baby-changing facilities. After the reception area is an exhibition space with low level lighting. Throughout the visit there are QR code points, which link to a video containing extra information about the site. These videos have subtitles.


In the garden there is level access to enter the house via one pathway. This route will be facilitated by a member of the Birthplace team. An accessible toilet is located to the rear of the gardens and can be reached before or after the visit to the house.

Shakespeare's Birthplace/House

The entrance has level access from the gardens. The ground floor and its connecting rooms are narrow. Most standard-sized wheelchairs will be able to be used throughout the ground floor, but other mobility aids such as electronic wheelchairs and motorised scooters are not able to be used due to the narrow doorways. We have a store of folding wheelchairs that can be borrowed to use across the Birthplace site, and there is a designated area where other types of mobility aid can be left, and collected before exiting the site. The change to one of our onsite wheelchairs, and its use after must be facilitated by a member of your bubble. There is a video of the upstairs of the house, that can be viewed, which will be facilitated by a member of the Birthplace team. This does not currently have subtitles. All stairs have partial handrails.

Owing to the age of the building, the floor is uneven in places with areas of low light level.

Shakespeare Gift and Book Shop

Access is via a level path and an automatic door from the gardens or a small step up from Henley Street.

There is space to move around the displays but it can be busy so please do ask for assistance. 

The counter nearest to Henley Street has a lower level.

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