Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Gardens


Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of Shakespeare’s bride-to-be, is the most romantic of the Shakespeare houses. The pretty thatched farmhouse with its stunning grounds and gardens, overflow with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs during 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.

See for yourself the many original items of family furniture, including the Hathaway Bed, dating from Anne’s time and take in the beauty and tranquility of the charming cottage gardens.

Explore this 600-year old cottage and some of its original family furniture, including the Hathaway four-poster bed and the courting settle.

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


Visitor Info


Shottery is located just outside of Stratford-upon- Avon. Transport is usually by car but the house can be reached via a pleasant 1.3 mile walk from the town centre which takes approximately 30 mins. The Cottage is well sign posted and parking is available.

Booking information

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Or call Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Ticket Desk on 01789 338532



Access to the cottage

Unfortunately the building is unsuitable for wheelchair users and visitors with impaired mobility due to entrance steps and uneven floors. However there is a 3D virtual tour of the cottage in the visitor reception. Foreign language and large print guides are available.

Conferences & meetings



Visitor parking is 100m away on the corner of Cottage Lane. Blue Badge parking is adjacent to the visitor reception to the rear of the coach park.

Visitor reception & shop

Reached via a sloping pathway and is accessible for pushchairs, wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.


Accessible toilet, visitor toilets and baby-changing facilities are located to the rear of reception.


The grounds are easy to navigate with many wide, sloping pathways and occasional seating. The Woodland Walk offers a 20 minute trail which is possible for assisted wheelchairs and pushchairs in dry weather. There is also a musical/audio accompaniment to the walk. A courtesy wheelchair is available.

Seasonal cafe

Approached via a garden path with outdoor bench seating. There are visitor toilets nearby.

Food & Drink

Enjoy light snacks and drinks at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage during the summer season. Benches and outside seating are available in the beautiful grounds of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Gardens.