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“A complete rip off”

Shakespeare's Birthplace
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Owner description: Visit the birthplace of the world's greatest playwright. Shakespeare's Birthplace has been welcoming visitors from all over the world for over 250 years. This fine Tudor house is where the dramatist's life began. Life, Love & Legacy exhibition provides an immersive journey into the Shakespeare's world and interweaves theatre with Shakespearian magic, setting the scene for your visit to the Birthplace. In the garden, meet your favourite Shakespeare characters as Shakespeare Aloud perform live.
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“A complete rip off”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Value for money?”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Good introductory videos, excellent staff who were knowledgeable and informative, and excellent acting in freezing weather. Visit spoilt however by ignorant group visitors, and the sense that there is insufficient originality to justify the very high prices charged. The other houses also do little to justify the price - and we now need to come back to visit other places to justify the initial investment!

Visited March 2013
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Wales
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“Interesting, historical and informative”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

We enjoyed the wealth of information available but it was marred a little by the huge school groups going through, especially at Anne Hathaway's cottage. Expensive but there are 'buy one get one free' vouchers available and the ticket enables you to visit as often as you like over twelve months.

Visited March 2013
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ShakespeareBT, Digital Marketing Officer at Shakespeare's Birthplace, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you for visiting the Shakespeare Houses & Gardens and taking the time to write a review of your trip. I am sorry to hear that it was busy with a school trip, but it is great to hear you enjoyed all the information available. I hope you enjoy using your year pass and experience the houses on a quieter day.
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Wellingborough
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“Surprised by actors.”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

The tour was fine and interesting but what made it special was that behind the house was a modern building with a sign offering to watch live rehearsals. Upon entering the building my wife and myself were sprung upon by a troupe of training actors who played the whole of the "Balcony scene" from Romeo & Juliet to us. What a fantastic treat being the centre of our own theatre, a personal mini-play. Excellent.

Visited March 2013
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ShakespeareBT, Assistant Marketing Manager at Shakespeare's Birthplace, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for writing a review of your visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit, especially our Shakespeare Aloud! actors.
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“overall was interesting but not value for money”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

not sure if its total value for money? the house was stone cold which is reality shakepeare would of probably kept a very warm house. also alot of the information is guess work. they have guessed the boys were kept in warmer and safer room etc this is all a probability. overall was interesting but need to reduce price for visit

Visited March 2013
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ShakespeareBT, Digital Marketing Officer at Shakespeare's Birthplace, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you for writing a review of your trip and visiting the Shakespeare Houses & Gardens.
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