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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

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…

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, bring 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 enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the award-winning The Play’s The Thing exhibition, relax with a coffee at The Other…

Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Exterior Gardens

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the family home of Shakespeare’s bride-to-be, is the most romantic of the Shakespeare houses. Savour the rural beauty of the place where Anne grew up and lived for many years. The pretty thatched farmhouse has stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs during the 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. Explore this charming old cottage, home to the Hathaway’s for…

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…

The Greenwood Tree in Shakespeare's New Place Gardens

Shakespeare’s New Place

Be inspired at the site of Shakespeare’s family home for 19 years and uncover the fascinating story of the house that isn’t there. During the 19 years that Shakespeare lived at New Place, he was at the height of his creative powers, and an important local figure in the town. Discover what Shakespeare family life was like in a fascinating exhibition and let one of our expert guides help you uncover the story behind why the house was demolished. Follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps through a new entrance on the site of the original gatehouse and enjoy a contemporary landscape that…