Magic Alley: The Lost Years of William Shakespeare


Explore the ‘Original Wizarding World’ in one of Stratford’s best kept secrets:…

Magic Alley & The Creaky Cauldron is just a few short steps from Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Spread over three floors in the only remaining part of Stratford’s historic White Lion Inn you’ll discover the most magical world you can imagine based on the bestselling Chronicles of Wizard’s Thatch by local author Dave Matthews.

The Chronicles unravel the lost years of William Shakespeare through a simple question: What if Shakespeare had been a time-travelling wizard?

In Magic Alley (which is definitely bigger on the inside) you’ll find Wartytoads Booksellers; The Creaky Cauldron Wand & Spell Shoppe and Wonderland Vintage Toys & Gifts. You can also explore the Enchanted Manor Museum, a magical blend of fairy-tales, time-travel and twistory that brings the spellbinding Chronicles to life with costumes, exhibits, behind the scenes extras and sneaky peaks at what’s still to come!


Visitor Info


Magic Alley & The Creaky Cauldron is just three doors from the main entrance to William Shakespeare’s birthplace on Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon.

Admission prices

Adults: £10.00*

Students, Seniors, Concessions, Children £7.00*

Under 1’s go free

*Different pricing applies when visiting the real Father Christmas, see website for further details.

Opening hours

Open 10am – 5pm most days (later in December)

Closed:  Christmas Day; Boxing Day; December 27th; January 1st and Mondays in January

The Enchanted Manor also closes From November 1st – 19th inclusive as it is dressed for Christmas.




The ground floor (Magic Alley & The Golden Broomstick) is completely wheelchair friendly, although there is no access to the Enchanted Manor for wheelchairs due to the age and size of the building. Assistance Dogs are welcomed.

Conferences & meetings



Dog Friendly

Please note that the building does not permit pushchairs or buggies.

Food & Drink