Shakespeare's New Place

Shakespeare's New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon: Hours, Address, Shakespeare's New Place Reviews: 4/5

Shakespeare's New Place
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Gardens
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Friday
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
About
New Place was Shakespeare's family home from 1597 until he died in the house in 1616. Tragically, the house was demolished in 1759. A registered garden now stands in its place, designed to commemorate the importance of the site and allow visitors to make their own personal connection with Shakespeare. Follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps through a new entrance on the site of the original gatehouse and enjoy a contemporary landscape that reveals the footprint of the Shakespeare family home. The re-imagined site gives an impression of the scale of New Place and relationship to the surrounding buildings; such as the neighbouring King Edward VI School and Guild Chapel that were once attended by a young Shakespeare. Commissioned artworks and displays throughout the site evoke a sense of family life and hint at Shakespeare’s major works that were written during the 19 years he owned New Place. The sunken Knot Garden has been restored in keeping with the original design by Ernest Law. Elements of the Great Garden, the largest surviving part of Shakespeare’s estate, will be conserved and further developed over time.
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AKASH A
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Friendly staff
Sep 2021
I like it, please try to open it for a longer time, and try to encourage more children from all over the UK to visit it. Try to lower the ticket price and ask for more donations. If you encourage more people to donate, then you will be able to achieve your goals more easily.
Written October 4, 2021
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Chris M
4 contributions
Disappointing
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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Gail G
Southampton, UK534 contributions
Least important place to visit
Sep 2021 • Couples
There wasn’t much to see here. It’s not even the original house which was demolished. Very fine link to Shakespeare as a house once owned, sold, demolished and rebuilt. Go to the school rooms!
Written September 21, 2021
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Jetinaround
Engalnd112 contributions
A Surprise
Aug 2021
Having expected a Shakespeare house we were surprised that we were in fact visiting the site of a former home. The gardens are however well worth a visit and the information centre within the on site property useful
Written September 13, 2021
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Shan
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK4 contributions
A room + a dead garden
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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KEVAN K
13 contributions
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY HERE
Aug 2021
This is the biggest rip off ive ever had this misfortune to visit !!! Really looked forward to seeing the "New Place" ....however, there was just a rather poor herb garden and a few modern sculptures where the house once stood. As you enter the one downstairs room you see a sign stating " If you look out of the window you are looking at the site where the New Place once stood." (See picture attached.) The house used in all of the advertising and publicity its actually the house next door to Shakespeare's New Place. I'll be contacting the standards regulator to look into this. When I complained I was told, " There used to be an exhibition upstairs but we all got kicked out of our offices down the road so we're using upstairs as an office now." £15 to walk through one, almost empty room, (not even New Place,) into a garden ...Disgusting, money grabbing operation. Trading on the name of the Bard. DON'T WASTE YOUR HARD EARNED CASH HERE.
Written September 8, 2021
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freddiedoncaster
doncaster2,240 contributions
A SNEAKY LOOK!
Aug 2021
I managed to get a good look at this relatively new addition to Stratford Shakespearean history. Fabulous well kept gardens await you. Full of character and with an abundance of things to see and do.
Written August 31, 2021
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Robert G
Guildford, UK6 contributions
Poor value
Aug 2021
I was very disappointed in this experience. For £15 it represented poor value. The gardens were OK but nothing special and there was just one room inside the building and that had little in it. I appreciate this might be a reflection, to some extent, on COVID restrictions but they should have charged far less.
Written August 25, 2021
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Joaephine
Taunton, UK4 contributions
Disappointed…just a memorial garden from 20th Century
Aug 2021 • Family
Sadly like others when we booked the Shakespeare birthplace tickets for all locations, this was what we were most excited about. Perhaps naively didn’t do our research and expected to see an element of where the great bard lived and the place where he then spent the rest of his days. It’s just a garden to commemorate him built in 1920. The house has been destroyed and in covid times not even the upstairs is open where I believe his seale is kept. So for us this was a walk around a very 20th Century garden …even the mulberry tree given to William Shakespeare by King Charles 1st has gone. None of this of course our choice as it seems the owner in the 1700’s got sick of people tourist visiting his home that he pulled it down and dug up the tree. Such a shame however really disappointed with our visit and wouldn’t have gone had we researched better what we would actually be able to see once inside.
Written August 24, 2021
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel33,061 contributions
An overrated exhibition.
Jul 2021
Some mistake this place for Shakespeare's grand house.
But, alas, this was demolished centuries ago, and nowadays, there's just an exhibition here.
Not worth your time.
Written August 22, 2021
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