- Tourist Attractions
Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust is made up of five houses related to the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, so there’s lots of exploring ahead of you!
Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps beginning with the very house he was born and grew up, hear tales from the writer’s life, enjoy some live theatre and get up close to rare artefacts in the trust’s world class collection.
Relive Shakespeare’s own love story with a visit to his wife Anne Hathaway’s cottage, uncover five centuries of stories in this picturesque cottage and discover the beautiful original furniture, including the Hathaway Bed.
Kid’s will love Mary Arden’s Farm. Experience a real working tudor farm and the childhood home Shakespeare’s mother. Meet the tudors who run the farm just as Mary would have, meet some friendly animals in the farmyard, explore the playground and historic buildings and watch craft and falconry demonstrations.
The last, but definitely not least, houses in the collection are Hall’s Croft, the home of the Bard of Avon’s daughter Susanna’s home that she shared with her husband, Dr John Hall or New Place, a stunning garden where the house in which Shakespeare later lived, and eventually died, once stood.
The Trust also holds family events at the Mary Arden’s Farm ranging from Folk Music Day to Apple Day, as well as children's school holiday activities at all houses; and many events to celebrate public holidays and national events like National Poetry Day, Christmas and Easter celebrations.
A fun and educational day that the whole family with enjoy!
- Explore the house in which Shakespeare was born and grew up
- See the home of Anne Hathaway
- Meet some friendly animals at Mary Arden’s Farm
- Restaurant Onsite
- Onsite Shop
- Snacks Available
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Parking Available Nearby
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Shakespeare's Birthplace 10:00 - 16:00
Hall’s Croft 11:00 - 16:00
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage 10:00 - 16:00
Mary Arden’s Farm closed for Winter
All locations closed 25th December and 26th December
The Great Garden is perfect for picnics. Halls Croft: The Dining Room on site. Anne Hathaways Cottage: Tea Garden opposite (seasonal opening), local pub in Shottery serves food. Mary Ardens Farm: Mary Arden's Kitchen on site (seasonal opening). There are many eateries local to the other houses.
All five houses have a gift shop with items that relate to the era of the House. All stock gifts suitable for children.