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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.

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

The nearest Changing Places Toilet is located on Rother Street, CV37 6JP. More information can be obtained on the Changing Places Toilets website.

Reception and Visitor Centre

Access to the Shakespeare Centre is via a shopping street that is pedestrianised. The ground floor offers level access and there is an ambulant toilet and 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 with baby-changing facilities is located to the rear of the gardens and can be reached before or after the visit to the house.

Shakespeare's Birthplace/House

There is level access to the House from the gardens. The ground floor and connecting rooms are narrow, with smaller doorways which might be wide enough for a wheelchair. Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters will not be suitable but there are wheelchairs available to borrow to look around the House. A designated area is available where mobility equipment can be left while visiting the Birthplace. The change into one of our wheelchairs, and its use, must be facilitated by a member of your bubble. If you are unable to get upstairs there is a video of the first floor which will be provided by a member of the Birthplace team on request. This does not currently have subtitles. All stairs have partial handrails. Owing to the age of the building, all the floors are uneven in places with areas of low light levels.

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.

If you have any concerns or further queries, please get in contact with us on +44 (0)1789 204016 or at [email protected]

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