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Our plans for reopening

Reopening of Shakespeare’s Family Homes

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is delighted to confirm plans for the phased reopening of the historic Shakespeare’s family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Shakespeare's New Place are now open. As we take a measured approach to our operations all three sites are currently open five days a week (Saturday – Wednesday) from 10am - 4pm until 29 September 2021.

Each site meets Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good to Go accreditation for Covid-19 safe attractions with assurances of a safe and enjoyable visit. In order to manage capacity and to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors, timed entry tickets must be booked online in advance through our website.

Mary Arden's Farm is currently operating as a dedicated outdoor education facility with special access for local and regional primary schools. The Farm offers an ideal setting for us to safely deliver our award-winning education workshops to schools. Here pupils can enjoy an authentic Tudor experience where they can learn about Shakespeare’s story, interact with the animals and enjoy playing outdoors.

Regrettably Hall’s Croft remains closed in 2021. Our dedicated teams will continue to care for and conserve the site in line with the Trust's charitable objectives.

The Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street is currently closed to visitors. Unfortunately we are faced with complex issues in regard to access and facilities at the Centre which prevents us from meeting COVID-safe guidelines at the moment. In the meantime, access to our library, archive and reader services are available digitally by emailing [email protected]. You may also wish to browse our online catalogue.

We will keep our operations and plans under review in response to a number of factors including the latest Government guidance and financial sustainability.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support during these challenging times. Our teams look forward to bidding you a warm welcome.

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