A Day in the Gardens
Discover all five gardens at Shakespeare's Family Homes
Whatever your horticultural passion, you'll love our gardens. There are five to explore - from the restored Knot garden and contemporary landscaping at Shakespeare's New Place to the Edwardian flower garden at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.
Start your day with a contemporary twist in the beautiful landscaping of Shakespeare’s New Place gardens and watch monthly garden demonstrations. Take shade under the Mulberry Trees (rumoured to be of the same lineage as the original that stood during Shakespeare’s time) the fruit of which is used to create our Mulberry Gin, available in Shakespeare's Birthplace gift shop. Walk in the Tudor Knot Garden, restored to Ernest Law’s original 1920’s design and keep an eye out for squirrels and birds on the site Shakespeare lived for the final 19 years of his life.
Just a short walk away from Shakespeare’s New Place is Hall’s Croft. Perfect for frosty mornings or summer picnics, escape to the quiet serenity of the walled garden. Learn about Shakespeare’s son-in-law, John Hall, his medicinal herb garden and the herbal cures practised by the Tudors in our indoor exhibition ‘Method in the Madness’. Enjoy coffee and cake whilst relaxing within the garden walls and ask our garden staff for further insights into the plants on show.
If you're feeling energetic grab a walking map from the ticket desk and take a countryside stroll to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where our spectacular flowerbeds (designed by Victorian horticulturalist, Ellen Wilmott) are laid out in welcome in front of beautiful, sweeping woodland including 300 year old pear trees and our Hedgehog Hotel.
In the Springtime you will find daffodils and snowdrops in abundance and all year round you can observe our gardening staff complete day-to-day duties that keep the gardens looking their best. Once you’ve followed the ‘Woodland Walk’ why not have a bite to eat in our Cottage Garden cafe, overlooking Anne Hathaway’s home? Our historical cottage is picture perfect through the ‘Moon Seat’ wicker sculpture. In the bloom of summer or low autumnal light it remains a favourite photo opportunity amongst visitors.
Why not take a stroll along the canal to Mary Arden’s organic farm, a lovely walk especially if the sun is shining. At three miles from Stratford-upon-Avon it’s the ideal way to spend your day outdoors and welcome the spring in true Tudor style. Adventure into 23 acres of rustic farmland and the wildflower meadow. Allow our costumed guides to educate you on the Tudor-style vegetables grown onsite and used to produce authentic Tudor dishes, available in our cafes.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace provides a charming transition from present day exhibition to Tudor household. Bordering the house you will find herbaceous, aromatic plants such as; Fennel, Oregano, Chives, Thyme and Lemon Verbena, some of which would have been familiar to Shakespeare in his day.
Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the vibrant summer, or frosty winter scenes and be sure to share them with us on social media. #shakespearesgardens
All year round visitors love to photograph the stunning scenes our gardens offer. Why not visit our favourite photo spots or capture your own?
Did You Know?
- The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust plants seeds from the University of Warwick’s Seed Bank. The seeds are preserved using deep freeze storage so we can have Tudor vegetables growing at Mary Arden’s Farm and Edwardian vegetables and herbs at Anne Hathaway’s.
- In the Autumn/Winter of 2016 over 32,000 bulbs were planted across four of our gardens!
- In 2016, ten tonnes of apples were collected from Anne Hathaway’s Orchards by ‘Transition Stratford’; a local organisation that aims to develop positive, practical ways to achieve a more sustainable future for all.
- Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is also host to Forest School, an outdoor learning experience that welcomes two local schools to ‘The Plantation’ where children enjoy story-time and craft projects with woodland materials.
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