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Access at Shakespeare's Birthplace

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

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.

AccessAble offers a detailed Access Guide of Shakespeare's Birthplace if you want to know more. 

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

Resources to download:

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. There is a short introductory tour in audio and visual format with both seating and open space available. Large print guides to accompany the exhibition are available on request.

Exhibition Space

This is accessed via stairs or an external platform lift from the Birthplace Garden into the Marble Hall. If you could benefit from additional assistance with the platform lift please ask any member of staff who will be happy to help.


There are mostly level footpaths with some bench seating. An accessible toilet is located to the rear of the gardens.  

Shakespeare's Birthplace/House

The entrance has level access from the gardens. The first floor and its connecting rooms are slightly too narrow for wheelchair users. All stairs have handrails. There is an iPad on the ground floor with photographs of the upstairs for visitors to use.

Please enquire about the possibility of an audio descriptive tour of the Birthplace with a trained member of staff (provided where available). 

Owing to the age of the building, the floor is uneven in places with narrow door frames resulting in limited access for some visitors.

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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