Share this page

Explore the gardens

Summer with Shakespeare

Explore three gardens each with their own unique story to tell, and plenty of space to enjoy with the family

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Take time to stroll through the beautiful and charming country cottage style garden at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, where you’ll find many aromatic plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, such as lavender, rosemary and marjoram. It offers the perfect backdrop to Shakespeare’s childhood home.

The rear of Shakespeare's Birthplace, with a bench in front of it, and the garden in the foreground with a dense assortment of flowering plants.

Shakespeare’s New Place

There’s plenty to explore at Shakespeare’s New Place, the site where Shakespeare lived for the final 19 years of his life.

Wander through the Tudor Knot Garden with its interweaving design of herbs and shrubs, based on illustrations in the gardening books of Shakespeare’s time. Enjoy a bit of shade under the Mulberry Tree, rumoured to be of the same lineage as the original that stood during Shakespeare’s time. Or simply enjoy a picnic in the Great Garden.

Beautiful artwork New Place

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of Shakespeare's wife nestles in acres of grounds. This iconic and quintessential cottage garden is one of the most photographed and painted in the world.

See works inspired by Shakespeare as you explore the grounds and look out for our giant willow sculpture, offering the perfect photo opportunity.

This summer Anne Hathaway's garden will host a new sculptural and digital installation by our Artist in Residence, curator and disability arts consultant, Aidan Moseby. The project, called Breathing Space, encourages us to reflect and find a moment of stillness, and connects Shakespeare's use of language and the natural environment with current issues around climate change

AHC garden


Discover all the ways you can enjoy Shakespeare's family homes this summer. Visit our What's On for full details of our summer programme.

More events

See all events
Where the story began Relive Shakespeare's love story Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps