Shakespeare's New Place
Shakespeare's New Place
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and be inspired at the site that was his grand family home where he lived from 1597 – 1616. One of the largest houses in the borough of Stratford-upon-Avon, it was the only family home he ever bought and is the presumed location of where he wrote his will, and indeed some of the later plays including The Tempest. Sadly the house was demolished in 1759 but it remains a historic site. Today, New Place has a new landscape of beautifully restored gardens and breathtaking sculptures inspired by Shakespeare’s family life and his works. In ‘the house next door’, an exhibition brings to life the story of Shakespeare’s New Place and its most famous occupant and his family – casting new light on Shakespeare as a father, husband, and writer. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio a copy of an original folio is featured in an exhibition dedicated to exploring its creation and legacy.
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  • MrSmitcher
    Tacoma, Washington578 contributions
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    2nd stop to understand the Bard . .
    We had a great time visiting the site of Shakespeare's final home. Unfortunately, later owners abused the privilege, so we only have the garden & grounds to see. And they are impressive, including the statuary based on his plays. Volunteers definitely help with the visit & they do a good job of explaining the twists & turns of the site's history. Worth a look for an hour or so . . .
    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Tracey G
    Halesowen, United Kingdom2,081 contributions
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    First time here
    Been to Stratford many times but never to this location Beautiful gardens. Very interesting and informative introduction. Well thought out in terms of all the links Highly recommend to do as part of the whole ‘Bill’ experience
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Cavegirl1980
    Westhoughton, United Kingdom105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of history - use your imagination!
    New Place doesn't exist anymore. Instead, you wander around beautiful gardens where the house once stood with the support of knowledgeable guides. The story about why the house no longer stands is interesting in itself. Nash's House has a small exhibition. If you get the 3 house ticket then it's worth an hour or so of your time if the weather is good.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • UKSnorkeller
    United Kingdom482 contributions
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    Nice wander in the garden
    We bought the Shakespeare Story Ticket so had entry to New Place included along with Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. This meant we weren’t too disappointed with New Pace. The volunteers made the place, without them putting things in context I don’t think we would have benefited as much from our visit. New Place House obviously doesn’t stand anymore and you wander around a lovely garden and sculpture trail and use your imagination. The volunteers told us about archeological work carried out recently at the site and it feels sad that more was not made of this at the site. Worth a wander
    Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Shakespeare Family Homes and the archaeological information shared by our colleagues about the site where New Place once stood. We will take your feedback on board when reviewing the information talks that we schedule at the site.
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Jenny R
    99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First visit
    We went to Shakespeare’s New Place as part of the three venue package you can buy. Really lovely place. Beautiful garden, friendly staff and a great opportunity to visit the historic building.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your visit to Shakespeare's Family Homes. We are pleased that you managed to visit, spend time in the houses and the grounds and take in the atmosphere. Hopefully, we can welcome you back in the future!
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Kit H
    1 contribution
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    Brilliant afternoon
    Been to Stratford many times but this was the first time visiting Shakespeare's New Place and had a fantastic couple of hours there. The gardens are beautifully laid out and you could easily spend an age looking at all the little details on the ground and amongst the plants and flowers... The exhibition was incredibly interesting, despite having studied Shakespeare both at school and university I came away with new knowledge and I loved the interactive parts of it as well! The volunteers there are amazing, listened to a talk from Dave on the history of the site and he was more than willing to answer various questions afterwards and was so engaging: it really made the experience even better. Looking forward to returning again in the future!
    Thank you for sharing your feedback about your visit to Shakespeare's New Place. Despite the fact the original house no longer stands, there is still a lot to learn and see and we are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the not-too-distant future.
    Written 29 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Ian Of Darlington
    18 contributions
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    Phil - very knowledgeable
    Extremely informative lovely garden and informative video of the folio of Shakespeare. Phil superb in giving an overview of the original house and garden. Good exhibition of 400 years of the first folio. Good visit thank you
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your visit to Shakespeare's New Place. We are so pleased to hear that you had such an enjoyable and informative time and enjoyed the talk about the history of the site. Your comments have been shared with our team and we hope to welcome you back to the Shakespeare family homes again one day.
    Written 14 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • BackinBracknell
    Bracknell, United Kingdom1,506 contributions
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    Well worth a visit
    Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage are the big draws but New Place is also definitely worth seeing. It's included with the Shakespeare's Story Ticket which gives you entry to all three places for £25 or half that if you have a Gardener's World 2 for 1 card. The actual "New Place" building has long gone so what you are seeing is the site where it once stood which is now a lovely garden area. The history is explained by the guides and they help you to get orientated. It is best to listen to the talk by one of the guides when you first go in at the gate as they'll show you the original layout so you'll get more out of your visit than just wandering around.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your visit to Shakespeare's Family Homes. We are pleased that you managed to visit the three properties and spend time in the houses and the grounds, taking in the atmosphere. Hopefully, we can welcome you back in the future as your Shakespeare's Story ticket is valid for 12 months.
    Written 14 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Hilary S
    2 contributions
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    Memorable
    This place is wonderful. The garden has been lovingly created and is beautifully tended. All in memory of William Shakespeare and to the delight of his admirers. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is one of the very best organisations of its kind in the UK. They are a credit to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire, taking their role as custodians of Shakespearean heritage seriously and looking after their sites well beyond the usual. All hail to the many volunteers and others working for hhem.
    Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's New Place and we appreciate the complimentary comments about the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. To receive such positive feedback is very rewarding and we will be sure to share this with our volunteering colleagues.
    Written 30 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Tracey W
    Cardiff, United Kingdom24 contributions
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    Custodians & Guides Bring this Tour Alive
    We visited Shakespeare New Place in Autumn, but to get the most from the attraction I’d advise to you visit in the spring or summer to make the most of the garden. New place no longer stands, instead it is laid to courtyard and formal gardens, best appreciated in fine weather. However, you can visit Thomas Nash’s Tudor house adjoining, that was occupied by Shakespeare daughter. The guides are very well versed in Shakespearean history, and they make the visit. For best value buy your ticket as part of the Shakespeare Story for £25
    Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's New Place, with our guides adding to that enjoyment. To receive such positive feedback is very rewarding and we will be sure to share this with our colleagues.
    Written 30 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
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Racharz
Whitchurch, UK75 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Having bought the combined ticket last summer, we returned to visit the other attractions, Anne Hathways cottage and New Place.
The New Place guides were amazingly informative, entertaining and knowledgeable.
Elliot especially gave THE best talk and had the crowd in fits of laughter going back in history with his facts!
Beautiful setting, very relaxed atmosphere and although the actual building is no longer there, we were given an incredible insight into what was.....
Definitely worth a visit.
Written 12 April 2024
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Josepha M
164 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
We bought the combined ticket at the Birthplace in Stratford. New Place is a large garden on the site of Shakespeare's final residence. I liked it the best of the attractions on the combined ticket. It was relatively empty though very close to the famous Birthplace. The spring flowers were in bloom. There were benches and statues dotted around the large garden. It felt restful.
Written 7 April 2024
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Trinity C
Leicester, UK2 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
Really interesting place. Staff and tour guides were super friendly and helpful, the lady who gave the tour was really insightful!!
Written 21 March 2024
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Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's New Place.
Written 2 April 2024
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LisaandSue
Worsley, UK729 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
After visiting Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne Hathaways cottage this was the third part of the experience. So much time and thought has gone into this and the love for the place from the volunteers shines. This did feel like the final piece of the whole journey and ended the day perfectly.
Written 20 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your visit to Shakespeare's Family Homes. We are pleased that you managed to visit all three properties and spend time in the houses and their grounds. All of our wonderful volunteers love the houses they work at and New Place is no exception. We hope to welcome you back again one day!
Written 2 April 2024
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,550 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Shakespeare new place is in reality a made up attraction. The original property was demolished decades ago and they charge in to see a reconditioned attraction. It’s nice but….
Written 18 March 2024
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Leah P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We absolutely love visiting New Place whenever we are in Stratford-upon-Avon. Highly recommend buying a full story ticket which allows you to visit the other sites and also means you can return for a year, which is excellent value if you plan to come back within the year.
The gardens are so beautiful and the inside of the house is really interesting with some fascinating exhibits
The staff are always extremely welcoming, friendly and informative. Last time we visited, we listened to a brilliant presentation from Elliot, which was funny, interesting and engaging. Highly recommend visiting New Place and looking forward to it re-opening in the spring!
Written 18 February 2024
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Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are pleased that you have enjoyed your visits to New Place and look forward to welcoming you once again when we re-open on March 16th!
Written 27 February 2024
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Craig E
Manchester, UK1,779 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Not worth the entrance fee. Not much to see and you can walk around the entire place in about 5-10 minutes.
You can see most from outside, don’t pay to go in.
Written 26 October 2023
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Thank you for visiting New Place and taking the time to review your experiences for us, your feedback is appreciated. We take great care to explain that this is the site where New Place once stood and, after the archaeological exploration of the grounds prior to the reopening in 2016, we commissioned many art installations including the life-size bronze Hawthorne Tree sculpture to help bring the grounds to life. All of the sculptures and presentations of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are created in materials that William would have known, oak, iron and bronze but with a concession to the durability required of an open-air site. The Great Garden is still very much a place of tranquillity, enhanced by further period planting and bronze sculptures by renowned artist Greg Wyatt, as is the authentic Tudor Knot Garden. The ‘Golden Garden’ where the house once stood has been refreshed with more Mediterranean species to reflect Shakespeare's Italian-based works. In Spring and Summer, the gardens flourish. We hope that this information will give us the opportunity to welcome you back again.
Written 28 November 2023
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Tracey W
Cardiff, UK24 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited Shakespeare New Place in Autumn, but to get the most from the attraction I’d advise to you visit in the spring or summer to make the most of the garden.

New place no longer stands, instead it is laid to courtyard and formal gardens, best appreciated in fine weather.

However, you can visit Thomas Nash’s Tudor house adjoining, that was occupied by Shakespeare daughter.

The guides are very well versed in Shakespearean history, and they make the visit.

For best value buy your ticket as part of the Shakespeare Story for £25
Written 22 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's New Place, with our guides adding to that enjoyment. To receive such positive feedback is very rewarding and we will be sure to share this with our colleagues.
Written 30 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hilary S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This place is wonderful. The garden has been lovingly created and is beautifully tended. All in memory of William Shakespeare and to the delight of his admirers. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is one of the very best organisations of its kind in the UK. They are a credit to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire, taking their role as custodians of Shakespearean heritage seriously and looking after their sites well beyond the usual. All hail to the many volunteers and others working for hhem.
Written 29 September 2023
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Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's New Place and we appreciate the complimentary comments about the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. To receive such positive feedback is very rewarding and we will be sure to share this with our volunteering colleagues.
Written 30 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TruthBToldUSA
United States21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Shakespeare's New Place is a great description of new. The metal front entrance is a stark contrast to the traditional Tudor style buildings in Stratford.

We walked in just in time to be part of a group presentation with a volunteer under the cover of a cheap Coleman gazebo. At first glance, I assumed the heavy table top was maybe made from lumber recycled from the original house but alas it was something new made to look old.

The talk was long drawn with the volunteer showing multiple poster board renderings of the original house and Shakespeare's remodeled version with gables. The house was torn down with no remnants whatsoever.

The property itself is huge with a beautiful well maintained garden, but there is no "New Place", you're essentially doing a garden tour set around some new sculptures and a fake mulberry tree. What a shame that the Shakespeare Foundation couldn't plant a "real" tree.

The self guided tour at the Bard's neighbor's house really held no significance other than it was still standing. What a disappointment!

We purchased the value ticket bundle. This site is one of 3 tours which includes Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. The tickets are valid for 12 months.
Written 24 September 2023
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Thank you for visiting New Place and taking the time to review your experiences for us, your feedback is very much appreciated. The English oak bronze studded entrance gates that you have kindly commented on are of course not intended to be a Tudor replica. Heritage guidelines in the UK do not allow us to present replications. We must apologise for the temporary awning that was necessary to offer protection to our visitors when high winds damaged the wood and canvas originals which have since been replaced. Rather than simulate the ageing of the natural materials used on the New Place site such as the ‘talk table’ you mention, the English oak, bronze and iron were installed new in 2016 so that visitors are able to witness over time the same authentic patination that has occurred on the surrounding Tudor buildings since they were built. The beautiful Indigo Falcon Hotel opposite is demonstrating the same process since its restoration a few years ago. We do restrict the length of our talks but visitors are very interested in the surprising history of New Place so presenting a number of images is usually well received, apologies if we didn’t deliver an engaging presentation on this occasion. There are two original mulberry trees in the Great Garden at the rear of the site but the stunning bronze sculpture is actually of a Hawthorn Tree by Jill Berelowitz and is designed to convey the power of Shakespeare's ongoing influence. We do hope that you will visit us again with your Shakespeare’s Story ticket to learn more about the story behind the sculptures.
Written 27 November 2023
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