Four of us spent £56 to see this place, from the description I expected more. Ok it's where Shakespeare was born..... It's made up to try and look a bit like, maybe, it looked then..... And? The 'exhibition' before the house is shockingly poor, very old fashioned and limited in terms of what it tells you about the great man. Maybe if we'd spent even more and trailed around all the other houses we'd have felt better informed, but seriously? £14 per person? This was a wet Saturday in March at 2pm, and it was full of people, so they are making plenty of money.... Well spend some of it improving the experience!
In the house we were greeted by a lady in period costume who, in fairness, had some interesting information to impart in a friendly and relaxed manner, she informed us there would be others in other rooms to do the same.... Well there weren't! In only one room was a young man, who when we asked a simple question mumbled his reply while looking at the floor, he clearly didn't want to engage in any real chat!
Finally the tacky gift shop, just to complete the feeling of complete exploitation. Even on this Saturday afternoon the place was full of foreign tourists, we came away feeling exploited and ashamed that this is the best we can do for our foreign guests. Don't waste your money, just read a book (or even Wikipedia) you'll find out more, take a photo outside and you'll miss nothing other than looking at what is an old house made to look older.... Apparently.
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