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Plan the trip of a lifetime in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and visit his five family houses in the town including Halls Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens, Mary Arden’s Farm and the newly restored New Place.

See a Royal Shakespeare Company production on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, see the Play’s the Thing exhibition at the Swan Theatre or take a Page to Stage tour at the The Other Place to learn all about the magic of theatre making.

Talk a walk along the River Avon to Holy Trinity Church and pay your respects at Shakespeare’s grave.

Why not brush up on your Latin and visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall and sit in the same classroom that the great man himself did or simply walk in his footsteps and explore the place the bard called home.

 

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up This is the house where William Shakespeare was born, grew up and played. He ate meals in the hall and he slept and dreamt in these rooms. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, the house is a shrine. Discover the world that shaped the man and find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Follow in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but…

Royal Shakespeare Company

One of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon. Showcasing two thrust stage auditoria, the 1,000 seat Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 450 seat Swan Theatre, bringing audiences and actors closer together in the best possible setting to experience live theatre. If you don’t have time to see a performance then why not simply enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the Play’s The Thing exhibition, relax with a coffee at The Other Place…

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…

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

Visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall & brush up on your Latin! Following a £1.8 million restoration, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon opened its doors to the public for the first time on 23rd April 2016, the 400th anniversary of the death of the Schoolroom’s most famous former pupil. As the place where William Shakespeare spent his school years and first experienced theatre, the Guildhall and Schoolroom has been described as “one of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain” by historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood. Located in the heart of the town and a…

Shakespeare’s New Place

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has transformed New Place, the site of William Shakespeare’s grand family home into a contemporary heritage landmark where visitors can connect with the playwright on the very ground where he lived for almost 20 years. Shakespeare’s New Place was his family home from 1597 until he died in the house in 1616. He was already an established playwright when he bought New Place at the age of 33, and it is believed that he wrote his later plays there, including The Tempest. Sadly New Place was demolished in 1759 by Rev. Francis Gastrell and it has…