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Reviewed yesterday

Very interesting visit. Worth seeing. Well kept and infirmative. Could do with some more furnishings of the time though

Thank dmimrsmith
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were quite underwhelmed with Shakespeares birthplace. There was too much modern art in the first part of the museum. My friend does not speak English well and so struggled to understand what most of the displays were about. There were very few actual artefacts. The house at the back where Shakespeare was born was set in a nice garden, and we enjoyed watching the actors do a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
The giftshop is ridiculously overpriced, so much so that I was cross by the time we left. I wouldn’t recommend this museum sadly.

Thank anerlie
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ShakespeareBT, House Manager at Shakespeare's Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

I am disappointed to hear you did not enjoy all aspects of your visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. As a charity, we are extremely grateful to our visitors, as admission fees, and money spent in our gift shops allow us to conserve five unique and important heritage sites. Our Famous Beyond Words Exhibition features a range of objects relating to Shakespeare's life, works, and times, I do hope that you will return again for our 'Be Inspired: Shakespeare & Me' Exhibition from February 15th 2019, as your ticket is valid for a year, where different items from our collection will be on display.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Museum and home are available for a one fee tour. Located on a street with quaint shops and friendly locals. Friendly tour staff and a picturesque village ambiance. Worth the trip for fans of the Arts.

Thank wonderwheeler01
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Got to learn more about Shakespeare that I did not know (or maybe was taught way back in school and forgot). The docents in the house itself were vey helpful and informative. About the pricing that others have mentioned - must get the multi-house package. Even if you only have time for two, the three house package is worth it.

Thank Alan4B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Shakespeare's Birthplace yesterday and was excited by the opportunity to explore the inside of his lovely and well preserved homestead. Externally it is impressive and the exposed waddle and daub panel is interesting to view. I was immediately surprised to see a modern visitor centre attached to it and suspected it was an attempt at justifying the extortionate ticket price. This proved to be true when it was immediately apparent that nothing in the visitor centre belonged to or was an effective representation of Shakespeare himself. There are modern (1980s) paintings of Shakespeare, books of old Stratford-Upon-Avon town records and a few other local artefacts but nothing of note and certainly nothing particularly worthy of the price of the ticket. Upon entering the actual birthplace, the first thing you are told is that the room you are stood in was once the house attached to the Shakespeare family's, which immediately made me think it was a shame that house wasn't still standing in place of the unnecessary visitor centre. Continuing on the tour you can't help but notice that vast majority of items inside the house are reproductions. The wall coverings, beds, bed linens, clothing that is laid out, etc. are all poor quality reproductions that stand out and take away from the feeling of authenticity of the rooms you are standing in. They are distracting from the parts that are genuine and it feels more like a general museum that anything particularly related to Shakespeare. There is, in fact, nothing inside the house that appears to be directly related to Shakespeare himself, despite the building itself. Pretty disappointing for the ticket price and although I can say I have now visited his birthplace, I think Shakespeare would be appalled that so little of his life is captured in this building. The most impressive and authentic part is the external view of the home.

Thank S N
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ShakespeareBT, House Manager at Shakespeare's Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I am sorry to hear that your visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace did not meet your expectations.

It is true that we do not have any of the original furnishings of the house from when Shakespeare lived there, they were not preserved in Shakespeare's time, and so have not survived. Our rooms are displayed as the family would have known them, based on the best of our knowledge and the latest research. This includes a mixture of period furniture from between the 16th and 17th century, and replica pieces where originals would be unable to be safely displayed.

Unfortunately due to the nature of historic textiles, although we have some wonderful examples from the period within our collection, they cannot always be on display as they are negatively affected by light, heat, and exposure to the atmosphere. However, our reproduction clothing and painted wall cloths, are made in the same fashion as they would have looked in Shakespeare's time.

Our Famous Beyond Words Exhibition often features the latest additions to our collection, and we also have a temporary exhibition throughout the year that allows us to feature a greater number of our museum items. I do hope that you will return again for our 'Be Inspired: Shakespeare & Me' Exhibition from February 15th 2019, as your ticket is valid for a year, where different items from our collection will be on display.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really didn't have any preconceptions about this site, but we found it to be extremely interesting and the docents were well informed and enthusiastic.

Thank Jirecarol
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting insight into the life of Shakespeare and I found things out that I never knew. The actors and helpers in there were good. It was quite expensive though and it would be value if you were visiting all the Shakespeare locations but to visit only one was expensive.

1  Thank benadamson18
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ShakespeareBT, House Manager at Shakespeare's Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. As a charity, we are extremely grateful to our visitors, as admission fees allow us to conserve five unique and important heritage sites. The Full Story ticket, that includes all 5 houses, gives unlimited year long access to each of our sites, and our Birthplace single house ticket also enables you to return as many times as you like within a year, so we do hope to welcome you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth visiting- especially if you are lucky enough to catch the actors in the garden who are happy to take requests to recite sonnets from any plays! Fantastic! They were so good! Lots to see and the staff are really knowledgeable.

1  Thank lking7108
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit. Very interesting with friendly and helpful staff.
Lovely garden and places to sit outside

1  Thank maryprice0
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to follow history made interesting by the stewards and historical figures in the house. The garden held a surprise of actors performing short scenes from Shakespeare's plays.

Thank Iris D
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