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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens


Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of Shakespeare’s bride-to-be, is the most romantic of the Shakespeare houses.

Savour the rural beauty of the place where Anne grew up and lived for many years. The pretty thatched farmhouse has stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs during the summer months.

The location where William courted his future bride is in Shottery, a hamlet within the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Just over one mile from the town centre, it can be easily accessed via a pleasant, well sign-posted footpath.

Explore this charming old cottage, home to the Hathaway’s for 400 years. See some of the original family furniture, including the Hathaway four-poster bed and the courting settle.

Enjoy nine acres of beautiful cottage gardens, orchards, woodland walks and sculpture trails.

Watch the video to discover what to expect on your visit to the Shakespeare Family Homes.

For more information on the other four Shakespeare Family Homes please see Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Hall’s Croft, Mary Arden’s Farm and Shakespeare’s New Place.


Visitor Info

Book online to save 10% at: 12 months free entry with every ticket. Choose from the Full Story Ticket covering all five of Shakespeare’s Family Homes or individual tickets to each house.

For details of specific events at the individual Family Homes visit:


Shottery is located just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon. It can be reached via a ten minute drive from the Birthplace or a pleasant walk of 1.3 miles from the town centre. Pay and display parking is available for a small hourly charge a short walk from the cottage.



Owing to uneven floors, narrow corridors and steps the cottage is not suitable for wheelchairs. An interactive virtual presentation of the cottage is available. The woodland walk is a 20-minute route suitable for wheelchairs.

We welcome assistance dogs at all sites and dogs on leads in all our outdoor spaces except at Mary Arden’s Farm. All houses have accessible toilets and large print guides are available at all houses.

Please visit the Access section of our website for full details.

Blue Badge parking is adjacent to the visitor reception to the rear of the coach park.

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Pay and display parking is available for a small hourly charge a short walk from the cottage.

Gift shop

Browse a wonderful selection of Shakespeare-inspired gifts in the Anne Hathaway’s Gift shop.

Food & Drink

Relax in the bright and airy cafe next to Shottery Brook, with stunning views of the Cottage. Choose from a delicious range of sandwiches, light meals, cakes and afternoon teas.

Benches and outside seating are also available in the beautiful grounds of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage near to the seasonal refreshment stand, the Pea Shed.

Opening times and menus can be found on our website.