Book Tickets To Shakespeare's Birthplace In Stratford-Upon-Avon
Explore where Shakespeare lived and found many inspirations for his plays. William Shakespeare was born in the house in Stratford-upon-Avon and this is where he grew up to become one of the best playwrights in the world of all time. He lived in the house with his parents and siblings and William Shakespeare even spent the few years after his marriage in the house in Stratford-upon-Avon with his wife Anne Hathaway.
Shakespeare's Birthplace is a half-timbered house (from the 16th century), now restored and located in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The house where Shakespeare was born has now been turned into a museum that's open for visitors to see where the great playwright lived and grew up.
William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and his home is quite popular among tourists, as there are many things to see, including original items from his childhood. The house turned into a museum is now managed and owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Book Shakespeare's Birthplace tickets now and explore some historical facts about the great Shakespeare. Check out the stunning displays in a glass window where signatures of many notable people of literature and theatre still remain.
About Shakespeare's Birthplace In Stratford-Upon-Avon
What can I learn at Shakespeare's Birthplace?
Located in the centre of the town, Shakespeare's Birthplace is one to check out, as you'll learn about Shakespeare and his early days here at Shakespeare's Birthplace. You can also visit the Shakespeare Centre in the town. In this house, John Shakespeare, Shakespeare's father, worked for 50 years as a glove maker. Mary Arden married John Shakespeare and came to live in the house and together the couple had eight children. The house was probably constructed in the 15th to 16th centuries.
The whole property where the current museum is was originally three different houses. John bought all three of them over time and put all of them together. It made Shakespeare's Birthplace the largest house on Henley Street. Shakespeare lived in this house since his birth and for five years into his marriage to Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare probably moved out of the house when he went to London with Edmond, his brother. The house stayed in the possession of the Shakespeare family for over two centuries after the death of William Shakespeare.
After John Shakespeare's time on this world ended, the house ownership went to William. He didn't need the house to live in during that time, as he already owned a house in Stratford. The house was rented to Lewis Hiccox, who turned the house into an inn named the Maidenhead and was later known as the Swan and Maidenhead. The house, smaller in size on the northwest side, was kept for residential use. Joan Hart occupied the house when Shakespeare died in 1616. In his will, he gave the possession of the inn and his widowed sister's cottage to Susanna, his elder daughter. The property was passed on to her daughter Elizabeth in 1649 and from Elizabeth to Thomas Hart in 1670. The Hart family was living on the property even after the death of Joan Hart in 1646. In 1806, the property was sold to Thomas Court, a butcher who oversaw the running of the inn in the main house. The small house on the property was in the possession of another butcher named Thomas Hornby. Mrs Hornby stayed in the house until 1820 when she moved out because the rental charge increased. After the death of Court's widow, the whole property was put up for sale in 1846.
The house is now owned and maintained by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (an independent charity). You will find autographed walls and windows of Charles Dickens, Isaac Watts, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, and many others. The house has been restored now with a new visitor centre depicting the life of Shakespeare. You will also find exhibits that cover Shakespeare's work and his life. Check out the display about the tale of Mrs Hornby. There are also small and peaceful gardens to the rear of the house which are planted with flowers and herbs that have been there since the time of William Shakespeare. Learn about the story of his family life and more here.
William Shakespeare is buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom.
What age is Shakespeare's Birthplace suitable for?
The attractions are open to people of all ages. People of all ages can learn about the early story of William Shakespeare.
How long does it take to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace?
It takes about an hour to check out these attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon.
When is the best time to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace?
You can visit all around the year.
Directions, Venue Info, And Attendee FAQs
Where is Shakespeare's Birthplace located?
The address of Shakespeare's Birthplace is Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, CV37 6QW.
How do I get to Shakespeare's Birthplace?
To visit the house in Warwickshire from London, take the M40 road. It will take around two hours to reach the destination.
Henley Street is the nearest bus station. It's just a minute away.
Stratford-upon-Avon is the nearest train station, which is 10 minutes away.
Where can I park near Shakespeare's Birthplace?
Shakespeare's Birthplace Coach Terminal and Blue Badge Holders Car Park are the nearest car parks.
Where are the toilet facilities at Shakespeare's Birthplace?
There are abundant toilets in the centre. Accessible toilets with level access entrances are also available.
Is Shakespeare's Birthplace accessible?
The upper floor needs to be accessed by stairs. The ground floor has level access. From the garden, there is also level access available to the house.
Assistance dogs are allowed.
Where can I eat nearby?
Some popular restaurants in the area are Bensons, Shakespeare's Birthplace Cafe, The Food of Love, and Plantarium Cafe.