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Explore the Gardens

Summer with Shakespeare

Explore five gardens each with their own unique story to tell

Flowerpots and Forget-me-nots Garden Demo 
Wednesday 26 July & Wednesday 23 August, 2.00-2.30pm / Shakespeare's New Place

Hear from our expert gardeners as they reveal how they care for the borders and lawns, and share their secrets and top tips. This talk is included in admission and there's no need to book - just come along!

The New Place Garden Talk
Saturday 16 September, 5.30pm / Shakespeare's New Place / Adult £8, child £5
Booking required

Join our Head Gardener, Glyn Jones on one of our specially programmed 'After Hours' talks, as he shows you round the re-interpreted garden.


Or explore at your own pace...

A team of 10 gardeners, assisted by volunteers, care for around 38 acres of gardens and grounds across the five Shakespeare Family Homes. The Trust also operates a gardens apprenticeship scheme.  On your next visit, please feel free to approach the gardens team, who would be delighted to share information about the gardens they proudly care for. 

Pay a visit to Shakespeare's New Place where you can take shade under the Mulberry Trees (rumoured to be cuttings from the original that stood during Shakespeare’s time) or simply enjoy a picnic in the Great Garden. There are free sculpture talks daily and monthly garden demonstrations. 

Beautiful artwork New Place

At Shakespeare's Birthplace the garden bordering the house has herbaceous, aromatic plants such as fennel, oregano, chives, thyme and lemon verbena, some of which would have been familiar to Shakespeare in his day. 

Birthplace Gardens

Hall's Croft, with its serene walled garden, provides a peaceful oasis in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Its herb garden has been designed to reflect the work of John Hall and features unusual species of herbs that were widely used for medicinal purposes in Tudor times.  

Hall's Croft

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of Shakespeare’s wife nestles within nine acres of grounds .This quintessential cottage garden with lush perennial borders is one of the most photographed and painted in the world. With traditional orchards including 300-year old pear trees and sculptures, a wildflower meadow and woodland featuring many trees mentioned in Shakespeare's plays.

AHC garden

At Mary Arden's Farm, venture into 23 acres of rustic farmland complete with rare-breed animals, heritage vegetable patches, a woodland area with nature trails and the beautiful wildflower meadow.

MAF garden


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