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“If you like Shakespeare, it's a must.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shakespeare's Family Homes

Shakespeare's Family Homes
Stratford-upon-Avon, England
+44 1789 204016
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Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Visit Shakespeare's family homes in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. The five houses and beautiful gardens are all related to William Shakespeare and his family. Explore Shakespeare's Birthplace, where he was born and spent his early adult life. Visit Nash's House, the home of Shakespeare's granddaughter and New Place, the site of Shakespeare's last home. Just around the corner from Nash's House you will find the home of Shakespeare's daughter, Hall's Croft with its peaceful garden and fascinating interior. Just outside of Stratford, visit Mary Arden's Farm for Tudor activities and family entertainment. Head to Anne Hathaway's Cottage and explore its beautiful gardens and woodland walk.
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“If you like Shakespeare, it's a must.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

As the title says, if you like Shakespeare, you have to go. For the house, it is a tad expensive, but again, if you like Shakespeare, it's worth the price. There is a small walking presentation to begin, in which it talks about the history of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and the history of the theater in England. Then you can walk around the house itself which boasts much of the same style as it did back "in the day". Granted, certain liberties have been taken at points, but it's an old building. Personnel located throughout the grounds can tell you about certain objects.

Two things I found particularly interesting was the glove-making shop, which a lady was giving a demonstration in, and talking to the guests and answering any questions they may have. Lots of hands-on things in that room, even for my 3-year old (who didn't understand the historical significance of the house we were in). The next was the bed display, at which a lady was also present to give historical information on the everyday living arrangements and accommodations of the day.

The signed window was also quite cool. Apparently the place became a sort-of mecca for players and playwrights of the day. To commemorate their visit, they would etch their name in the shaded glass window. Some of these included Isaac Watts, Charles Dickens, and Sir Walter Scott.

To clarify, however... If you're not the biggest fan of Shakespeare, it may be better to take a picture from the outside and move along. It was a great time, but best enjoyed if you have some taste for Shakespeare himself, otherwise, it's just another Elizabethan house.

Probably my favorite part (personally) was the acting company in the garden. I'll call it "Shakespeare On Demand". They literally had a chalkboard, and you could write whatever Shakespeare play you wanted up there and they'd perform a snippet. And by snippet, some were 7-10 minutes long! To see Shakespeare performed at Shakespeare's house is something I won't soon forget.

Well played, literally.

Visited July 2013
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Many thanks for your review of your visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace.
I am delighted that you found your visit interesting and we hope to welcome you back again. Your ticket is valid for 12 months from the date or purchase so you can come back again and again for free during those 12 months.
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“Great insight into Will's growing up.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I loved being inside an actual house that hasn't changed since William was born in it. Some amazing new knowledge we didn't have and were glad to know. I could have stayed for hours listening to the live entertainers who were playing their historical instruments from that time and giving us small teasers from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Excellent venue, make sure you look at the windows. The staff are excellent and enlighten you on great detail and trivia you will use for many years.

Visited June 2013
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“Surreal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Hard to believe you can walk where the great man himself has walked. The house is great, but they do need more guides there to inform tourists.
The gardens are beautiful and there is a very talented group of actors, quoting famous lines/characters.
The shop is also good, normally I avoid these, but I did buy a small book and 4 pewter spoons, that resemble spoons that people use to carry with them in days gone by.

Visited July 2013
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“One has to visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Although in a main road, which is pedestrianised, the gardens were very quiet and interesting. There was a little group of actor's who would ask visitors which play they would like them to give a quick performance of. This was very good and entertaining.

Visited June 2013
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