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Our 2022 Opening Plans

We're delighted to announce an extended season for 2022 with more opportunities for visitors to enjoy the Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the childhood home of world-famous playwright William Shakespeare, will reopen from 5 February 2022 following a brief winter closure (5 January – 4 February 2022) to accommodate essential conservation and maintenance.

In response to visitor feedback and growing confidence in the tourism sector, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s New Place will reopen to visitors for a longer season in 2022 stretching from 26 March through to 30 October 2022, while Shakespeare’s Birthplace remains open throughout the year. We're also extending the opening hours for all three sites to seven days a week, from 10am – 5pm.

In order to facilitate education workshops for schools, colleges and universities to learn more about Shakespeare's work, life and times, we will continue to operate Mary Arden's Farm as a dedicated facility for primary school workshops, while the former cafe area of Hall’s Croft will be transformed into a learning space for A-level and higher education groups and lectures.

A wider programme of outdoor family-friendly activities, community open days and special events across all five houses will take place during the course of the year, with further details to be announced in the New Year.

Preserving Shakespeare’s heritage for future generations

From 5 January - 4 February 2022, Shakespeare's Birthplace will close for essential conservation and maintenance. The works are part of a phased schedule of conservation of internal and external aspects of the historic building following listed building consent from Stratford-on-Avon District Council. Much of the work will be carried out by the Trust’s estates team with some support of specialist heritage contractors. The next phase focuses on works including the replacement of lime plaster, repairs to timber flooring and chimney repointing.

For more information and to plan your visit, including tickets and opening times, see www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit.

Updated 7 December 2021

Currently closed for essential conservation. Reopening 5 February.