Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has a long and famous tradition of welcoming visitors to the Shakespeare Family Homes, each place with its own fascinating story to tell. Enjoy a unique Shakespeare-centred experience with five wonderful homes all relating to Shakespeare and his family, outstanding archive and library Collections and an exciting programme of events. Shakespeare’s Family Homes Shakespeare’s Birthplace –Stand where a genius was born! The childhood home of William Shakespeare is a very special place that everyone should set foot at least once in their lives. Costumed guides will show you around the house, talk about the family’s colourful history and answer all of your questions. Watch Shakespeare Aloud! bring your favourite Shakespearian characters to life and visit the ‘Shakespeare’s Treasures’ exhibition to view rare and often priceless artefacts from our Collections. New introductory exhibition for 2014, ‘Famous Beyond Words’ which explores the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world. Discover what sparked his imagination and how he continues to shape our lives today. Part of the audio visual exhibition at the beginning of the visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace is available in German, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. There are also foreign language translation information sheets available at each of the Houses. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage-Family Home of Shakespeare’s Wife Discover where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride at the most romantic of the Shakespeare Houses. Fall in love with this thatched Tudor gem nestling in nine acres of beautiful grounds including the award-winning cottage gardens and heritage orchards. Stroll along the woodland walk, listen to Shakespearian verse in the sonnet arbour and tour the delightful cottage itself which still has some original family furniture. Experienced guides are on hand to conduct you through the 600-year old interior and tell the famous Hathaway/Shakespeare love story. Hall’s Croft-Home of Shakespeare’s Daughter Admire the elegant Jacobean home of Susanna and her wealthy physician husband, Dr John Hall. With the help of experienced guides, take in the exquisite carved furniture, paintings, apothecary’s equipment and ‘bathroom facilities,’ all creating a fascinating showcase of 17th-century affluence and comfort. Wander through the oak-beamed reception rooms and up the graceful staircase to the richly appointed bed chambers, including servants’ quarters. Relax in the tranquil gardens and see the medicinal herbs as used by Dr John Hall in his remedies. New for 2014 is a fascinating exhibition commemorating the start of World War I which promises a compelling narrative and poignant imagery. Nash’s House and New Place-Site of Shakespeare’s Final Home Explore this beautifully preserved Tudor town house with its traditional knot garden and sculpture walk. Thomas Nash, a wealthy Stratford property-owner, bought this house in the early 17th century. He married Shakespeare’s only granddaughter, Elizabeth Hall, in 1626. The attractive parlour reflects the style and taste of prosperous town households in Nash’s day. Original stone fireplaces, a ‘cupboard of boxes’ and an ornately carved dining table hold particular appeal. In the grounds rest the tantalising remains of New Place, a once magnificent property where Shakespeare spent his last years and eventually died in 1616. It is while he lived here that he is believed to have penned his later works such as The Tempest. A recent archaeological dig uncovered some interesting finds which are now on display at Nash’s House. Mary Arden's Farm-Family Home of Shakespeare’s Mother Step back in time with all the sights, sounds and smells of a real working Tudor farm. Meet the costumed residents as they go about their daily tasks of cooking, tending crops and feeding the rare breed animals. Explore the farmyard with its centuries-old barns, outbuildings and original dove cote. See the house where Shakespeare’s mother grew up and visit Palmer’s Farm, the rustic Tudor home of Robert Palmer, a family friend and neighbour. Watch falconry displays, roam the countryside and nature trails, and get ‘hands-on’ with rural crafts and traditional pastimes.. Please ensure you check opening times and availability for each house at www.shakespeare.org.uk Shakespeare’s Five Houses Shakespeare’s Birthplace oClosed 25 December. oSummer Season – 9.00 – 5.00 oWinter Season – 10.00 – 4.00 Anne Hathaway’s Cottage oClosed 25 & 26 December. oSummer Season – 9.00 – 5.00 oWinter Season – 10.00 – 4.00 Hall’s Croft & New Place oClosed 25 & 26 December. oSummer Season – 10.00 – 5.00 oWinter Season – 11.00 – 4.00 Nash’s House oClosed 25 & 26 December. oSummer Season – 10.00 – 5.00 oWinter Season – 11.00 – 4.00 Mary Arden’s Farm oOpen 18 March to 3 November 2013 from 10.00-5.00. oWinter Season-Closed Under 5’s go free! Summer Season – until 3 November 2013. Winter Season – 3 November – 16 March Vouchers need to be handed in by visitors upon arrival at ANY of houses. At the first house visited the voucher will be exchanged for the appropriate ticket. A stamp is then required at each of the subsequent houses thereafter.