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Address: 22 Chapel St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP, England
Phone Number: +44 1789 204016

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is transforming New Place, the site of...

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is transforming New Place, the site of Shakespeare's home for the last 19 years of his life, to create a major new heritage landmark where visitors can discover the story of the world famous playwright at the height of his success as a family man, writer and prominent citizen of Stratford-upon-Avon. This unique site will be the jewel in the crown of our national literary and cultural heritage, at the heart of the worldwide celebrations of 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016.

The re-imagined Shakespeare’s New Place is scheduled to open on 23rd April 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

• Visitors will be invited to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps through a new entrance on the footprint of his original gatehouse

• A contemporary landscape treatment will echo the known footprint of the original Shakespeare family house

• A new exhibition centre will feature rare and important artefacts relating to Shakespeare’s life at New Place, many of them on display for the first time. The centre will be located in the neighbouring Nash's House, the Grade 1 listed Elizabethan town house which was home to Shakespeare’s granddaughter Elizabeth Hall, and her wealthy husband Thomas Nash. The building will undergo conservation work which is essential to keep it open to the public; it will also be extended to create space for informal learning and family activities, and modern, fully accessible, facilities for visitors, staff and volunteers.

• The sunken Knot Garden, will be restored in keeping with the intention of the original design by Ernest Law, the renowned garden designer who was considered one of the finest exponents of the Jacobean knot garden revivals of the early twentieth century

• Elements of the Great Garden, the largest surviving part of Shakespeare’s estate, will be conserved and restored following the opening of New Place in 2016.

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Newly opened 'New Place'

You have to use your imagination along with the talk from a volunteer to understand Shakespeare's first property. The knot garden & garden layout is interesting too. Wander on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

the wonderful sunken garden to the side of New Place , which often sent the imagination into overdrive , has been 'filled in' and brought up to street level , for what is it worth . Why did they do it , your guess is as good as mine .? What a disappointing experience , not only that 'the great... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were keen to see the restored garden at New Place, but found that the 'concession' charge of £16.50 included 2 other properties we had visited before and didn't want see again. When we queried the charge we were told: "but you can visit as often as you like in the next 12 months" - this is fine for locals,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have to use your imagination along with the talk from a volunteer to understand Shakespeare's first property. The knot garden & garden layout is interesting too. Wander on into Nash's house where an exhibition on 2 floors gives an insight into Shakespeare's family. There is a room for children to try different activities.

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Alton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Being just across the road from where we were staying, we visited quite early in the morning. I had booked our tickets online and we collected them from the ticket office. The tickets are valid for a year so for locals very convenient. For visitors not necessarily good. I doubt we would visit it again. The new gardens are stunning... More 

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Royston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well its pleasant but its not Tudor. It is one of the three places along with WS's Birthplace and Hall's Croft. Actually probably go that one and forget the other two

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

New Place is where Shakespeare lived with his wife Ann and his children were born. He owned the best house in town and it's name was NEW PLACE . There is no home here as it was pulled down after Shakespeare's time and had been a vacant piece of land for many years. Just a few months ago this very... More 

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Holmes Chapel, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The majority of the garden at New Place used to be open free to the public and one paid to visit the remains of the house. It was an eloquent, understated and atmospheric heritage experience. Now a vulgar theme - park affair of a facade ushers you into a commercialised, over - developed and over - priced tourist attraction with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited 3 weeks after the restoration and it was a sunny day without too many people taking over the gardens. The work which has gone into reinventing New Place appeals to both adults and children. The sculpture of the tree is also impressive.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are to be congratulated on this magnificent restoration/ creation. The site has been well laid out to show where the house and outbuildings stood, the gardens are beautiful and the interpretation section is very well done. The site contains many new and old works of art, including the sculpture that used to stand over Boydell's Shakespeare... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting idea, recreating the house that Shakespeare spent his formative childhood years in – unfortunately the house lacks soul and any sense of place even accepting that this is a contemporary design with 21st century creative thought processes applied. Slightly sterile feeling inside and I suspect that this needs more time and a fair bit of tinkering to bring up... More 

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