Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Overview

The perfect starting point for exploring Shakespeare’s works, family, life and times. Explore Shakespeare’s childhood world and hear tales of his life from costumed guides.

Your journey will take you from an exhibition about his influence through the centuries and his inspiration around the world to the rooms of his childhood home and his father’s glove-making workshop. You will also wander through the beautiful garden and see live theatre from our costumed actors Shakespeare Aloud!

Follow in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but other well-known visitors such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy. It’s a special place that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. Come to see where it all began.

Watch the video to discover what to expect on your visit to all five of Shakespeare’s Family Homes here. For more information on the other four Shakespeare Family Homes please see Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Hall’s Croft, Mary Arden’s Farm and Shakespeare’s New Place.

Visitor Info

Book online to save 10% at: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/book-online/ 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: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Directions

Henley Street is in the middle of Stratford-upon-Avon town centre and only a ten minute walk from the train station. There are car parks in the town centre and a park and ride from Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway station.

Accessibility

We welcome all visitors to the Shakespeare’s Family Homes. There are Blue Badge parking spaces at the top of Henley Street as well as a coach drop off point. Town centre parking is available at a number of sites across the town.

Access to the Birthplace is via the Visitor Centre which is on the ground floor and offers level access with a lower level ticket desk and a hearing loop. All houses have accessible toilets and large print guides are available at all houses.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace has level access from the garden however it is not possible to provide access to the first floor for wheelchair users. There is a virtual reality tour of the upper floor with a touch screen giving visitors a choice of a guided or self-navigating 3D tour. Please note that owing to the age of the building the floors are uneven in places with narrow doorframes and we are unable to accommodate some electric or wide-wheeled chairs.

We welcome assistance dogs at all sites and dogs on leads in all our outdoor spaces except at Mary Arden’s Farm.

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

Conferences & meetings

Weddings

Facilities

Browse a wonderful selection of Shakespeare-inspired gifts in our Birthplace Gift shop as well as our specialist Shakespeare bookshop.

For car parking please use town centre car parks.

Food & Drink

There is a wide and varied selection of cafes and restaurants to choose from near to the Birthplace.

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

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