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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

2 March 2021

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust outlines reopening plans

Following the Government's announcement for easing lockdown restrictions in England, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is pleased to announce that it is making preparations for the reopening of Shakespeare's Birthplace and its shop in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace is hoping to open its doors to visitors once again on Monday, 17 May 2021 after being closed for seven months due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Shop on Henley Street will open independently on 12 April in line with the reopening of non-essential retail.

The Trust is also planning for a phased reopening of more of its Shakespeare family homes, and will announce the details in due course. Please keep checking our website and social media channels for announcements, or join our mailing list for further updates by email.

The Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street remains closed to visitors, this includes our reading room, on-site educational courses and after-hours events.

While our physical doors are closed, our dedicated teams will continue to care for our buildings and collections, and deliver online education programmes and events. You can also encounter Shakespeare with us digitally via our Museum from Home page.

Our online shop continues to operate where you can explore our exclusive range of gifts and Shakespeare books. Every purchase supports our work in caring for Shakespeare's legacy and inspiring future generations with his work.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support during these challenging times. We can’t wait to welcome you back once it is safe and possible to do so.

If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed.

— Julius Caesar, Act 5 Scene 1
Shakespeare’s Birthplace is currently closed