Shakespeare's New Place
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Shakespeare's New Place

Shakespeare's New Place
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Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and be inspired at the site that was his grand family home where he lived from 1597 – 1616. One of the largest houses in the borough of Stratford-upon-Avon, it was the only family home he ever bought and is the presumed location of where he wrote his will, and indeed some of the later plays including The Tempest. Sadly the house was demolished in 1759 but it remains a historic site. Today, New Place has a new landscape of beautifully restored gardens and breathtaking sculptures inspired by Shakespeare’s family life and his works. In ‘the house next door’, an exhibition brings to life the story of Shakespeare’s New Place and its most famous occupant and his family – casting new light on Shakespeare as a father, husband, and writer. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio a copy of an original folio is featured in an exhibition dedicated to exploring its creation and legacy.
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  • MrSmitcher
    Tacoma, Washington578 contributions
    2nd stop to understand the Bard . .
    We had a great time visiting the site of Shakespeare's final home. Unfortunately, later owners abused the privilege, so we only have the garden & grounds to see. And they are impressive, including the statuary based on his plays. Volunteers definitely help with the visit & they do a good job of explaining the twists & turns of the site's history. Worth a look for an hour or so . . .
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Kami S
    Rochester, Minnesota6 contributions
    Go, if you must.
    The garden was beautiful and the guides were very friendly. The site itself is a mime house with no mime. If you've paid for the story tour, it's worth a visit for the garden and a couple stories if you have nothing else to do. For the most part the stories are like this, "Shakespeare's table might have been right about there.".
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Tracey G
    Halesowen, United Kingdom2,061 contributions
    First time here
    Been to Stratford many times but never to this location Beautiful gardens. Very interesting and informative introduction. Well thought out in terms of all the links Highly recommend to do as part of the whole ‘Bill’ experience
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Cavegirl1980
    Westhoughton, United Kingdom98 contributions
    Full of history - use your imagination!
    New Place doesn't exist anymore. Instead, you wander around beautiful gardens where the house once stood with the support of knowledgeable guides. The story about why the house no longer stands is interesting in itself. Nash's House has a small exhibition. If you get the 3 house ticket then it's worth an hour or so of your time if the weather is good.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • UKSnorkeller
    United Kingdom473 contributions
    Nice wander in the garden
    We bought the Shakespeare Story Ticket so had entry to New Place included along with Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. This meant we weren’t too disappointed with New Pace. The volunteers made the place, without them putting things in context I don’t think we would have benefited as much from our visit. New Place House obviously doesn’t stand anymore and you wander around a lovely garden and sculpture trail and use your imagination. The volunteers told us about archeological work carried out recently at the site and it feels sad that more was not made of this at the site. Worth a wander
    Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Shakespeare Family Homes and the archaeological information shared by our colleagues about the site where New Place once stood. We will take your feedback on board when reviewing the information talks that we schedule at the site.
    Written August 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • BackinBracknell
    Bracknell, United Kingdom1,502 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage are the big draws but New Place is also definitely worth seeing. It's included with the Shakespeare's Story Ticket which gives you entry to all three places for £25 or half that if you have a Gardener's World 2 for 1 card. The actual "New Place" building has long gone so what you are seeing is the site where it once stood which is now a lovely garden area. The history is explained by the guides and they help you to get orientated. It is best to listen to the talk by one of the guides when you first go in at the gate as they'll show you the original layout so you'll get more out of your visit than just wandering around.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your visit to Shakespeare's Family Homes. We are pleased that you managed to visit the three properties and spend time in the houses and the grounds, taking in the atmosphere. Hopefully, we can welcome you back in the future as your Shakespeare's Story ticket is valid for 12 months.
    Written September 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • xoxo
    United Kingdom59 contributions
    Didnt enjoy
    Included as part of the Shakespeare’s story ticket, which gives you access to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and Shakespeare’s birthplace. You can revisit in 12 months free of charge if you wish to do so. Shakespeare’s new place is a five minute walk from Shakespeare’s birthplace, which is located in the town centre. There is parking facilities available opposite however, this may be limited during busy periods There is a talk from staff, which happens after every half an hour, I believe? You visit the exhibition, which takes no more than 10 minutes. I personally didn’t enjoy this experience, because there wasn’t much to see, however, visited due to the ticket access
    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations for Shakespeare's New Place but we would encourage you to visit again using your Shakespeare's Story tickets. As well as a very informative talk that our colleagues deliver sharing the history of the site, and the different buildings and owners, we also host a range of different events across the Shakespeare Family Homes which often show the homes in a different light.
    Written September 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Tracey W
    Cardiff, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Custodians & Guides Bring this Tour Alive
    We visited Shakespeare New Place in Autumn, but to get the most from the attraction I’d advise to you visit in the spring or summer to make the most of the garden. New place no longer stands, instead it is laid to courtyard and formal gardens, best appreciated in fine weather. However, you can visit Thomas Nash’s Tudor house adjoining, that was occupied by Shakespeare daughter. The guides are very well versed in Shakespearean history, and they make the visit. For best value buy your ticket as part of the Shakespeare Story for £25
    Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's New Place, with our guides adding to that enjoyment. To receive such positive feedback is very rewarding and we will be sure to share this with our colleagues.
    Written October 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
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Shan
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We paid £13 each for a ticket - the "exhibition" was one room (we assume there is usually an upstairs section, but this was all blocked off and we weren't told when we got there that this was closed). The exhibition also had a section with a TV, which must have been broken because it was off.

When we got out into the garden (especially the last section) it just looked like it hadn't seen a gardener for months - all the plants were dead and there were weeds everywhere! There were also no information points in the garden - there were these silver boxes with speakers that I think you were meant to press for information, but none of them were working! There were various sculptures with absolutely no information about them that you could stand and read anywhere.

We were just really disappointed with the visit entirely as it's somewhere we had wanted to go for a while. I know it's a charity, but I think £13 is ludicrous when you've shut off most of the exhibition and the gardener hasn't been. What is the money for? To read some words about shakespeare (which you can find online) and see some dead plants?
Written September 12, 2021
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Chris M
4 contributions
Sep 2021
We assumed that we would be looking round a tudor house where William Shakespeare and family had lived. We did not realise before we had paid the entrance fee of £15 that the house no longer exists and we were paying to see a garden and some sculptures. These were nice but did not feel this was good value (compared to other Shakespeare houses which were great). Felt a little 'conned'.
Written October 1, 2021
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TumbleweedUK
Midlands United Kingdom81 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
My opinion: A huge disappointment and not worth a visit. You pay to hear someone ( a staff member or volunteer) talk for 30 minutes about a place where Shakespeare used to live and where the house no longer exists. Basically it's a garden filled with tacky sculptures and an over-done commercialisation of Shakespeare with signage of quotes from plays and so forth peppered all over 2 gardens. Yes, the gardens are well landscaped and pretty but that's it. The entrance to this "New Place" tourist attraction should be a red flag. A giant metal gate that hardly reflects Shakespearean times. After our visit, we met a local who informed us that originally one of the gardens was very rustic and more natural and was a tucked-away place of peace and calm that was open for free to the local community and visitors. Sounds like they should have kept it that way. Shame.
Written September 15, 2023
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Thank you for visiting New Place and taking the time to review your experiences for us, your feedback is very much appreciated. We take great care to explain that this is the site where New Place once stood, but we do understand the frustration that this, like Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace in London and Henry V’s ‘pleasance’ at Kenilworth Castle, has become lost to us, leaving just the rich archaeology and the need to tell the site’s story. In some parts of the world, building replicas of lost buildings has been successful but the heritage guidelines in the UK preclude this possibility at a museum attraction, to avoid confusion. For this reason, we created many art installations including the bronze Hawthorne Tree sculpture, the English Oak bronze studded gates along with the ‘Talk table’, in natural materials, mindful that patination would take place over time as the materials weather naturally. The sculptures and presentation of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are similarly created in materials that William would have known, oak, iron and bronze but with a concession to modernity with polished stainless steel, reminiscent of silver in appearance but with the durability required of an open-air site. The Great Garden is still very much a place of tranquillity, enhanced by further period planting and bronze sculptures by renowned artist Greg Wyatt, as in the authentic Tudor Knot garden. The ‘Golden garden’ where the house once stood has been refreshed with more Mediterranean species to reflect Shakespeare's Italian based works and to cope with increased temperatures. We hope that this information will help enhance future visits and that you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back again.
Written November 27, 2023
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17sam1975
24 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Complete rip off. £15 each to walk round a pretty small garden and look at random sculptures. Exhibition in the house is unimaginative and boring. Visit took 10 mins and that was only because I had to stop and tie my shoelaces.

Felt angry with the waste of money.
Written April 23, 2022
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xoxo
United Kingdom59 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Included as part of the Shakespeare’s story ticket, which gives you access to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and Shakespeare’s birthplace. You can revisit in 12 months free of charge if you wish to do so.

Shakespeare’s new place is a five minute walk from Shakespeare’s birthplace, which is located in the town centre. There is parking facilities available opposite however, this may be limited during busy periods

There is a talk from staff, which happens after every half an hour, I believe? You visit the exhibition, which takes no more than 10 minutes.

I personally didn’t enjoy this experience, because there wasn’t much to see, however, visited due to the ticket access
Written September 10, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations for Shakespeare's New Place but we would encourage you to visit again using your Shakespeare's Story tickets. As well as a very informative talk that our colleagues deliver sharing the history of the site, and the different buildings and owners, we also host a range of different events across the Shakespeare Family Homes which often show the homes in a different light.
Written September 14, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

elliejane_2491
Swindon, UK20 contributions
Aug 2021
Visited with my mother as part of a weekend trip to Stratford with the intention of doing some filming for my current university degree. We'd wanted to visit New Place back in 2016, but it wasn't completed yet at the time we visited, so being able to visit now was definitely a good factor of the trip. Absolutely loved it, the opportunity to finally see that last part of Shakespeare's life was almost like getting the final part of a missing puzzle piece to me. The garden was wonderful, especially the small bench nook facing out to the mulberry trees and statues, and while the top area of the house was closed, it was still incredibly interesting to see the exhibits about New Place and the excavation efforts, as that was obviously something we couldn't do back in 2016. Definitely a recommended place to visit if you're interested in Shakespeare's history!
Written August 16, 2021
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TruthBToldUSA
United States21 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Shakespeare's New Place is a great description of new. The metal front entrance is a stark contrast to the traditional Tudor style buildings in Stratford.

We walked in just in time to be part of a group presentation with a volunteer under the cover of a cheap Coleman gazebo. At first glance, I assumed the heavy table top was maybe made from lumber recycled from the original house but alas it was something new made to look old.

The talk was long drawn with the volunteer showing multiple poster board renderings of the original house and Shakespeare's remodeled version with gables. The house was torn down with no remnants whatsoever.

The property itself is huge with a beautiful well maintained garden, but there is no "New Place", you're essentially doing a garden tour set around some new sculptures and a fake mulberry tree. What a shame that the Shakespeare Foundation couldn't plant a "real" tree.

The self guided tour at the Bard's neighbor's house really held no significance other than it was still standing. What a disappointment!

We purchased the value ticket bundle. This site is one of 3 tours which includes Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. The tickets are valid for 12 months.
Written September 24, 2023
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Thank you for visiting New Place and taking the time to review your experiences for us, your feedback is very much appreciated. The English oak bronze studded entrance gates that you have kindly commented on are of course not intended to be a Tudor replica. Heritage guidelines in the UK do not allow us to present replications. We must apologise for the temporary awning that was necessary to offer protection to our visitors when high winds damaged the wood and canvas originals which have since been replaced. Rather than simulate the ageing of the natural materials used on the New Place site such as the ‘talk table’ you mention, the English oak, bronze and iron were installed new in 2016 so that visitors are able to witness over time the same authentic patination that has occurred on the surrounding Tudor buildings since they were built. The beautiful Indigo Falcon Hotel opposite is demonstrating the same process since its restoration a few years ago. We do restrict the length of our talks but visitors are very interested in the surprising history of New Place so presenting a number of images is usually well received, apologies if we didn’t deliver an engaging presentation on this occasion. There are two original mulberry trees in the Great Garden at the rear of the site but the stunning bronze sculpture is actually of a Hawthorn Tree by Jill Berelowitz and is designed to convey the power of Shakespeare's ongoing influence. We do hope that you will visit us again with your Shakespeare’s Story ticket to learn more about the story behind the sculptures.
Written November 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Carol G
Atlantic City, NJ158 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
This site of Shakespeare’s adult home is FASCINATING. Torn down by a subsequent owner sick of the gawkers in 1758! The garden is beautiful and should be viewed from the second floor of the exhibit building. The archeological outline of the home and the sculptures should not be missed.
Written April 26, 2020
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Tracey W
Cardiff, UK24 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited Shakespeare New Place in Autumn, but to get the most from the attraction I’d advise to you visit in the spring or summer to make the most of the garden.

New place no longer stands, instead it is laid to courtyard and formal gardens, best appreciated in fine weather.

However, you can visit Thomas Nash’s Tudor house adjoining, that was occupied by Shakespeare daughter.

The guides are very well versed in Shakespearean history, and they make the visit.

For best value buy your ticket as part of the Shakespeare Story for £25
Written October 22, 2023
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Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's New Place, with our guides adding to that enjoyment. To receive such positive feedback is very rewarding and we will be sure to share this with our colleagues.
Written October 30, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

xvanillaskyx
Cardiff, UK15 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
This I felt was lacking, it didn’t take you back in time. It felt cold, a place full of screens and billboards that even detracted from the beauty of the building itself. The gardens were pleasant but overall new and old met in an extremely disjointed way here.
Written July 27, 2022
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