Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare's Birthplace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up. Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, enjoy live theatre on demand and get up close to rare artefacts from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.
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alan2303
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK774 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Pre-booked tickets only with limited numbers of visitors meant that we experienced a tranquil visit. The initial exhibition was a bit strange but the artwork outside and the building itself very interesting. One of the guides, Phil, made our visit really memorable by spending a few minutes answering our questions and telling us something of the work of Shakespeare’s father as a glover. The rooms were fascinating and the whole visit not rushed. One suspects that before distancing rules the experience would have been a whole lot different. Good value ticket if purchased as a combination ticket including New Place and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.
Written June 21, 2021
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Smokemare
Stoke-on-Trent, UK49 contributions
Oct 2021
We bought a family ticket online. We had to queue a little while to get into the museum, but this was because staff were trying to ensure there was room to social distance. The museum itself provides lots of interesting information, not just about the life of Shakespeare but also about Tudor life in general. There are information boards, plus artefacts from the era and old photos and pictures to show how the property has changed over the decades.

The garden is also a pleasant area. They have a huge board with summaries of all Shakespeare's plays. The summaries are very, very good. I could have happily stayed to read them all, but alas - my impatient family were jostling me on.

The house itself is a real window into the past. Even if you're not a Shakespeare fan, it offers an authentic look into Tudor life. The members of staff attending the guests in the house were very friendly and helpful and had a wealth of historical knowledge to impart. For example, one lady was discussing with me the average life-expectancy of the time. I'd never quite realised how the figures are distorted by the deaths of children and the deaths of mothers while giving birth. It seems that actually if a man lived to adulthood and a woman survived birthing all her children, they were actually quite likely to live well into their sixties, possibly seventies if they were wealthy and many individuals DID live to bat a century.

The gift shop has some great books in it. If you don't want to see the house but are interested in Shakespeare I'd recommend the gift shop alone.

For me, as an author, this was quite a special visit. Anyone who enjoys putting pen to paper or playing with language should visit Shakespeare's Birth Place. It's surprising how much of modern English language and culture has been shaped by his genius.
Written November 9, 2021
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Mike T.
Derby, UK46 contributions
Dec 2021
I'm not the biggest fan of Shakespeare, but It only felt fitting to visit during my short stay in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a nice little building, with some good information about the Bard himself and about his family. I would recommend it but I have to be honest, I would not have gone had I not had some vouchers. It's a little bit expensive for what it is, especially if you are not a fan of his work. But I am glad I went and suspect that any fan of his work will love it. It just perhaps wasn't for my tastes.
Written January 19, 2022
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Simon D
Montreal, Canada6 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
The actual experience of the visit was enjoyable it was the terrible service we received at the door before our visit which means I have to rate the place so badly. We arrived early for our scheduled visit and kindly asked if we could use the toilet facilities. It seems £20 per person isn’t enough to enter for the toilet as we were instructed to use the public toilets instead.

I had two elderly guests with me in out party one with a reduced mobility but that didn’t seem to make any difference. After waiting until a few minutes before our allotted time to enter we again lined up outside only to find we had to wait to have our tickets scanned as the same door person had to finish her conversation before serving us. When we passed she told us not to enter as she had to scan our tickets. I told her about the ridiculousness of sending us away for the toilets when we were paying guests and told her I was happy she’d finished her conversation before serving us. She then proceeded to berate on my tone. I told her to simply scan my tickets thank you and she told me that “was better.” At that rudeness I did raise my voice and then got told by her manager than our entry would be barred unless I calmed down. Unbelievable really so we then kept quiet we’re made to wait another 6 minutes to be in the hour and on the tour it was pretty much empty. The tour itself was fine.

I would recommend not asking for the toilets or expecting a modicum of common sense from the welcome staff, just be quiet have your ticket scanned on time only and you’ll have what can only be described as a satisfactory visit.
Written October 17, 2021
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Graham C
7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Came to Stratford for a couple of days away, I do understand that this time of year is not very popular but the only Shakespeare property open was this one. We did not book on line but when asked we were told we could pay at the entrance, it was £18 and we were told that it would take approximately 45 minutes. Very disappointed with the place, we were in and out within 15 minutes saw two members of staff. We will make sure that we come at a more popular time of year next time
Written November 10, 2021
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Hevs
Taunton, UK11 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We popped in as we were in Stratford for the day. We bought the tickets online about 45 mins before we wanted to go in. The staff on duty in the house were very informative, which made the experience even more enjoyable. The garden was lovely, even in the Autumn. The shop was also well stocked with nice gifts etc. Yes, some may say the price was expensive (£18 an adult) for what it was however I am quite happy to pay for the upkeep of such a prominent historic building.
Written October 30, 2021
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zoegray2019
London, UK121 contributions
Oct 2020
My partner and I visited Shakespeare's birthplace, due to COVID they prefer you to book online prior o your visit. We literally booked our ticket 15 minutes before the entry time as there was space available online (this was a Sunday afternoon). It is really interesting and worth a visit. Currently the only Shakespeare attraction that is open due to COVID.
Written October 13, 2020
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Alex H
Huddersfield, UK125 contributions
Oct 2021
Great place to learn about Shakespeare.

The cameo performances talking about Shakespeare’s father and his life (including detailed leather making experience) and the Shakespeare’s bedroom descriptions really personalise the trip.

A really good beginning to the Stratford experience.
Written October 23, 2021
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CambridgeshireMum
Waterbeach, UK45 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
The staff had worked hard to make this venue COVID-19 safe, which is great.
However, the result meant that you went through the property quite quickly, and very dependent on the speed of those in front and behind you. There felt like a pressure to move on and you couldn’t linger to look at things. Nor could you spend time in the garden.
In the end, by the time we had gone in (waited about 10 minutes to enter) we were only inside for about 30 minutes. At £31 for two children and one adult, this made it quite expensive. I’m sure in normal times they’d do more to engage keen young people (my 10 year old loves Shakespeare 🤣😳) but she was quite disappointed by the conveyor belt style!
I don’t begrudge them; they are a charity and I know the current times have been hard, but it might be worth expectation setting with children.
Written August 26, 2020
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Amanda M
60 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Lovely insight into Shakespeare’s birth place and history about the family.
You star in the new building next to the house and see pieces which have been made in remembrance to Shakespeare’s work. You then see a timeline of Shakespeare’s life and his family tree. This then takes you into the gardens and the rear of Shakespeare’s home. The home is set out as it may have been in the 1700’s abs gives you a science of the low ceilings and how they might have lived. There are reading signs in places to help you understand what the room might have been used for and how the house was adapted and changed over the years.
Written September 22, 2021
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