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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

COVID Restrictions - updated 5 January 2021

National Lockdown: Shakespeare's Birthplace remains closed

Following the Government's announcement of a third national lockdown, regrettably Shakespeare's Birthplace, its garden and gift shop remain closed until further notice.  

The other four Shakespeare family homes – Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft will remain closed. The Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street is also closed to visitors, this includes our reading room, on-site educational courses and after-hours events.

Despite ongoing uncertainty we continue to be passionate in exploring different ways of fulfilling our charitable mission, ensuring we preserve Shakespeare’s rich heritage in Stratford-upon-Avon and share his works with the world. While we 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 gift 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.

Please keep checking our website and social media channels for announcements, or join our mailing list for further updates by email.

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

— Julius Caesar, Act 5 Scene 1

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