Overview

Explore the house where Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, grew up and experience for yourself the daily routine, skills and crafts the young William would have known from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s.

Help with tasks like skep-making and basket- weaving and ‘earn your keep’ at Palmer’s Farm with traditional chores such as threshing, bread-making, gardening and animal-tending.

Try your hand at have-a-go archery (school and bank holidays) and watch the daily falconry displays.

See rare breed animals and explore the nature trails, discovering abundant wildlife including woodpeckers and rabbits along the way.

Mary Arden’s Farm is a working farm with lots of seasonal activities and Tudor events. With free repeat visits for 12 months there is always something new to see and do and plenty of reasons to visit time and time again. Look out for the daily activity boards during your visit.

Visitor Info

Directions

Wilmcote is three and a half miles from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre. The site is well sign posted and on-site parking is provided free of charge. Wilmcote railway station is also a very short walk from the Farm.

Booking information

Book online to save 10% and return for FREE

Or call Mary Arden’s Farm ticket desk on 01789 338535

 

Accessibility

There is a free on-site car and cycle park with some Blue Badge spaces opposite reception.

Visitor reception & shop

Accessed via stairs or a ramp with wide aisles for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Farm grounds

Mary Arden’s is a working farm where most of the grounds and buildings are accessible to visitors, with some ramps provided for wheelchair users. However some paths are uneven – made worse in poor weather – and may prove difficult for wheelchairs and pushchairs. A courtesy wheelchair is available and our experienced guides can offer a sensory tour for visitors with sight impairments. There are also foreign language and large print guides available.

Owing to the close proximity to farm animals there are hand-wash stations situated around the site.

Toilets

Visitor toilets are located in the farm yards and adjacent to the cafe. An accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities can be found in the Rickyard.

Palmer’s Farm & Mary Arden’s House

The ground floors have uneven surfaces and can be narrow in parts. The first floors are inaccessible for wheelchair users. Note: Palmer’s Farm garden is inaccessible for wheelchairs.

Mary Arden’s Cafe

This is approached via steps or a ramp from the car park or the Rickyard. The cafe layout offers easy access.

Conferences & meetings

Weddings

Facilities

Children’s Playground

Suitable for children aged 10 years and under.

Food & Drink

Mary Arden’s Cafe

Enjoy refreshments and light meals served all day in the cafe.

Offers