Shakespeare's Family Homes | Day Out With The Kids

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Shakespeare's Family Homes

  • Stratford upon Avon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Tourist Attractions

Attraction Information

Walk in the footsteps of world renowned playwright, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Family Homes oversees five houses including Shakespeare's Birthplace where you can hear tales from his life, enjoy live theatre with Shakespeare Aloud! and see the very home where the Bard was born!

Pay a visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and uncover five centuries of stories and rare artefacts. From there head to Hall's Croft to see a medical exhibition exploring practices of the time with added ick factor! Then discover Shakespeare's New Place. It features stunning gardens, sculptures and an exhibition on the site of his family home where Shakespeare later lived and eventually died.

Kids will love Mary Arden’s Farm which is situated on nine acres of beautiful woodlands and orchards and is run as an actual working Tudor farm. You can learn from the farmhands and meet some rare animals. Budding bards can run wild in the playground and get involved with craft sessions, holiday activities, folk music and seasonal events like National Poetry Day. You can also enjoy goose-herding (!) and falconry demonstrations.

  • Explore the house where Shakespeare was born
  • Experience a Jacobean medical exhibition
  • Meet animals and enjoy activities at Mary Arden’s Farm
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Opening hours

1st April - 2nd September
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

3rd September - 4th November
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 16:30

5th November - 31st March
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 15:30

Each house has different closing times, so please check before visiting.

Last Entry

30 minutes before attraction closes


General Admission (The Full Story Ticket)
Adults: £22.50
Kids (3-17): £14.50
Seniors (60+): £21.00 

Travel & Contact Information


Shakespeare's Family Homes, Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW, England

Phone number

01789 204016



Click here to visit Shakespeare's Family Homes' website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park & Ride, which is signposted from the A46. There is a pay and display car park a short walk from Anne Hathaway's Cottage, in Cottage Lane, Shottery, CV37 9HH.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Shakespeare's Family Homes has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

Due to the nature of the historic buildings (with the exception of New Place) wheelchair users can only access the ground floor in each house. The paths are uneven and narrow. 

Shakespeare's Family Homes has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome in the outdoor spaces.
Assistance/Guide Dogs are allowed in all areas. 

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