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“A Herfordshire Jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Shaw's Corner

Shaw's Corner
Ranked #11 of 47 things to do in St. Albans
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Hertford UK
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90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A Herfordshire Jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

George Bernard Shaw lived in this delightful Edwardian Villa for over 40 years from 1906 & it has remained just as if he had stepped out for a walk in the wonderful grounds.
This is now a National Trust property & we found the wardens in each room really eager to share their impressive knowledge of GBS.
It is quite a small property but you must allow longer than you would think in order to look at everything and the grounds are quite beautiful where you can see his secluded hut where he spent most of his days.
There is also a variety of pre 1950s varieties of plants for sale.
We were fortunate to visit during our hot summer and it was such a delight and so peaceful.

Visited September 2013
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English first
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Interesting peek into Shaw's life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

Good place for us to visit as we didn't have all day - quite small so can get a good feel in an hour or two.
Loved the house, nice change from the 'great houses' - no fancy porcelain or portraits, but a home with interesting photographs and a feel of someone living there. When we were there they were busy making chutney in the kitchen from some of the recipes from the house.
Tripadvisor doesn't allow for the option of the sort of visit this was but I was there with my university age daughters (both studying English)

Visited October 2013
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Harpenden, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Poor value unless you are NT member or great Shaw fan”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

As others have said, pleasant gardens, left as though Shaw has just popped out.

But does not compare well to other NT properties for a visit. Best just for a brief stop on your way somewhere else. Not sure if much more could be made of it.

Much more interesting is the Summer Open Air theatre events held here in July, using the lawn and terrace.

Walk across the field from Ayot St Lawrence from ruined church to the odd Italian style one.

Brocket Arms is expensive/pretentious, OK if that is what you want.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A little NT gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

A most for those who know of Shaw or not. This piece of history beautifully located in the hearts countryside is ideal for singles, couples or families. The nt have preserved and present this site exceptionally well. the gardens are very well tended and offer different experiences depending on the season. check NT website for opening hours and special events.

Visited June 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Well maintained and fascinating. The roads leading to the Shaw corner are narrow and inconvenient if you have two cars crossing it at the same time. Very expensive for what you see there. Appreciated the coffee and scones served in George's kitchen.

Visited October 2013
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