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“Lovely old England” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mary Arden's Farm

Mary Arden's Farm
Station Rd | Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9UN, England
+44 (0)1789 293455
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Mary Arden's Farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother. Today you can experience all the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm, just as it would have been when Shakespeare was a boy. Watch "Tudors" go about their daily routine, see rare breed animals and explore nature trails. There are daily falconry displays and archery at weekends and in school holidays. There is a playground for children from 2 upwards, a picnic area and a cafe.Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm that keeps pace with the season so there is always something new to see and do.The Farm is open seasonally from Easter to the end of October half-term.The Farm is 3 miles from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon in the village of Wilmcote. There are buses and trains to Wilmcote. The train journey takes 5 minutes and the Farm is a short walk from Wilmcote rail station. It is also a pleasant walk along the canal from the centre of Stratford.
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“Lovely old England”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is the farm where Shakespeares mother Mary Arden lived it is full of history from the past. The guides are very knowledgeable and give a real atmospheric tour. There is much to see both inside and outside. It is suitable for all ages and children especially seem to like it. I would suggest best from about the age of 5 upwards.
There are often special events on and it is best to check the web page for information at www.shakespeare.org.uk
If you have time or on holiday it is possible to purchase a multiple ticket to view all of the Shakespeare properties.


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“Lots to see, and great for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Of all the houses linked to Shakespeare, this is the one where you get a really good idea of real people and how they lived. Depending on the time of year you may find apple experts - and local apples to try, or live musicians and dancers, and people demonstrating old skills and crafts.
The cafe is excellent, generous portions and a lovely choice of wholesome fare (and great cakes).
It closes in the winter.

Visited October 2014
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“fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Complete with the other venues to visit regarding Shakespeare it was nice to visit his mothers home where she grew up etc.

Visited November 2014
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“Great Falconry display”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Grandchildren loved the falconry, herding the geese and talking with the cook who was making pottage. A great educational experience for children.

Visited September 2014
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“Been here twice ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is a great location as its literally 5 mins walk from the train station and is one stop down from Stratford upon Avon town centre. It is advisable to pay for a 12 month pass for all 5 Shakespeare houses . Mary Arden's farm is good because there are lots of activities for the family and for children. They do Dancing, Owls , cooking in the olden days , feeding and many more throughout the day. The main farmhouse has a kitchen on the ground floor which demonstration are shown of cooking , and in the dining area then eating manners. There are a variety of animals outside which are kept well , however we do feel there can be a few more animals at this attraction. There is also another house at the attraction which is very good and has interesting facts about farm hood life in the past. This is a good day out with lots of history and facts .

Visited March 2014
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