Shakespeare's Birthplace
Shakespeare's Birthplace
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up. Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, enjoy live theatre on demand and get up close to rare artefacts from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.
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  • Richard_Harpum
    1,801 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see when visiting Stratford-upon Avon
    My wife and I visited Shakespeare's birthplace during a long weekend stay in Warwickshire based in Stratford-upon Avon. It's probably essential to book on line ahead of the visit. The entry is actually about 40 yards from the house in the visitors' centre, so there's no point waiting outside the front door at your allotted time. There is plenty of information available and helpful guides. A must-see when visiting Stratford-upon Avon.
    Thank you for your review. With over 500 years of history at the Birthplace, we try and make our visitors' experience as interesting and engaging as possible. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable visit.
    Written 20 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Tracey G
    Halesowen, United Kingdom2,210 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great visit
    A good starting point when in Stratford. Allow about 1 hour depending on how busy it is. Some big school parties when I visited but they were all well behaved Lots of information. Too much to read all in one visit. I will definitely go again
    Thank you for your review. With over 500 years of history at the Birthplace, we try and make our visitors' experience as interesting and engaging as possible. All feedback is welcomed and we are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable visit. We look forward to welcoming you again one day.
    Written 20 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Cavegirl1980
    Westhoughton, United Kingdom174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get the 3 house ticket and look for deals online
    I've read reviews where people have purchased multiple tickets for the three houses and feel ripped off. Don't do that! Get the 3 in 1 tickets and look for deals online. We got a Gardener's World discount just with a code from the magazine. Worked out at about a fiver each for each venue - which is amazing value. Plan your visit ahead of time and book for the Birthplace. The exhibition is great, the house is full of history and you actually stand in the room where Shakespeare was born! If that isn't going to make you feel something then don't bother. However, if you are interested in Shakespeare then this is a fantastic venue.
    Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to hear that you had such a good visit. For those visitors who want to visit all three of Shakespeare's family homes, the Shakespeare's Story ticket offers good value for money and is valid for 365 days with multiple visits.
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • UKSnorkeller
    United Kingdom590 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy the Shakespeare Story Ticket to all 3 locations and pre book this location or be prepared to face a lengthy queue.
    Thankfully we had pre booked our time slot as advised on the website, the queue was massive but we got straight in at our allocated time via a different queue. Lots of helpful, knowledgeable staff and lots of QR codes to scan for further information. We went on a summer Saturday and there were actors in the garden performing Shakespeare and recruiting volunteers to perform with them. There is an interesting exhibition before you arrive at the birthplace cottage but the information is not particularly detailed. It’s a place you must visit on a first trip to Stratford upon Avon, just plan your visit carefully
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your visit and we are so glad that you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully, you were able to explore the rest of the town as well!
    Written 22 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
  • Julie A
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Actors in the garden made it a great tour.
    Interesting artefacts and a nice tour around the house. The gardens were lovely. The actors at the house made the tour. They were funny and engaging, performing different parts from a number of Shakespeare plays at a very high level.. Loved them and would recommend the tour.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. We thank you for your visit and your lovely comments about the actors which we will be sure to share with them. Hopefully, you had some time to explore the rest of Stratford-upon-Avon too.
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 August 2023
  • William C
    Sarasota, Florida38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Site in a Picturesque town
    The home is well-preserved, and is an effective window into the origin of Shakespeare. The site has an interesting museum about the playwright and his influence on the world, but the real treat is walking through the home. Very interesting, and the guides were informative. Excellent visit.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your comments about your recent visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. We were pleased to hear that you had such an interesting and enjoyable time.
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Diana G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shakespeare’s birthplace tour
    Well preserved and lots of history at this place. Knowing that one of the greatest writers was born here and to learn about his past, his childhood and so on was very informative. To top it off, the actors in the garden who played parts of a couple of famous works by Shakespeare ended the tour well. Not only was the play engaging and funny, they made use of the audience and I would totally recommend this short and amazing tour !!
    Thank you for your review. We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace, with our acting colleagues adding to that enjoyment. To receive such positive feedback is very rewarding and we will be sure to share this with our colleagues.
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Caroline G
    South Elmsall, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful insight into middling class in Tudor and Stuart England
    Beautifully preserved Tudor house, and a great insight into middling class Tudor and Stuart England. Also enjoyed the Shakespeare exhibition at the start of the tour. A highlight was the actors performing in the garden, who were absolutely brilliant! Loved the engraved window - granted, it is technically vandalism, but lovely to preserve it, given the famous names amongst the graffiti. Purchased the 3-homes ticket, which was excellent value for money.
    Thank you for your feedback and we were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace, with our acting colleagues adding to that enjoyment. We will be sure to pass your comments on to them. We hope you managed to visit all three houses with your 3-house ticket and follow the story of Shakespeare from his formative years to his last days as a successful writer, home-owner and businessman in Stratford-upon-Avon.
    Written 29 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Stephanie P
    United Kingdom250 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent piece of history!
    Very warm welcome from staff and room guides. Beautiful building with such a fascinating history and loved the live performances outside. About a 10-15 minute walk away is Holy Trinity where Shakespeare is buried. Well worth the walk to visit the church.
    We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace, with our visitor reception team and acting colleagues adding to that enjoyment. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
    Written 14 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Ian Of Darlington
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good value- Shakespeares Story ticket
    Enjoyed a very informative visit. Team had great knowledge and very enthusiastic. Loved watching the snippets of Shakespeares plays in the courtyard. Good fun and interactive with the guests. Plenty of colleagues around to help and inform. Good shop too. £25 for the Shakespeare Story including visits to three houses of the family well worth it
    We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. Our Guides and acting colleagues work hard to ensure our visitors' enjoyment and it is nice to hear that it is appreciated. To receive such positive feedback is very rewarding and we will be sure to share this with our colleagues. Thank you.
    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
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada4,969 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Recently visited Stratford Upon Avon and walked by this famous spot. Quite impressive landmark to see. Lots of history here!
Written 17 June 2024
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Isobel H
Bristol, UK120 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Business
We had a tour with a guide, who was engaging and brought the building and the era to life. We learnt far more than we would have done just walking around. Beautiful gardens and well preserved houses.
Written 14 June 2024
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Nickyhants
Southampton, UK773 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
This is a place that you cannot miss if you are visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, although you will need a timed ticket, and ideally to miss school groups, or coach parties!

Be prepared for bags to be searched too, but that is pretty much expected these days.

Once you are admitted, you walk through an exhibition, before exiting the first building and arriving at the actual house where William Shakespeare was born. This is located in the heart of the main Stratford-upon-Avon area, and near a statue of William Shakespeare in one of the main streets (you will probably see a crowd waiting to enter, but you see the timbered house before you see the crowds too).

Walking through the garden (there is some limited seating outside) you arrive at the old building. There are guides there, and when you get to the room with the gloves it is worth hearing what they have to say about William Shakespeare's father, before going onto the next room.

Look out, upstairs, for the glass with scratched names, which is interesting too.

Personally, starting here and then going onto the Guildhall and Old Schoolroom, New Place or Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Garden helped me to make sense of William Shakespeare's life, but I think the other buildings can be visited in any order, depending on weather, time and if you want a walk/bus ride out of the centre for Anne Hathaway's Cottage (which is about 30 minutes walk depending on which route you take). You can get tickets which give you discounts to visit more than one building, for example the Shakespear's Storyteller tickets gives you one ticket to see the Birthplace, Cottage and New Place, while the Guildhall and Schoolroom are attached but a different charity needing a different ticket (you can buy this at the tourist centre before arriving at the building).
Written 7 June 2024
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tmid
South Hykeham, UK335 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Not much to see but staff gave good account of the history. We bought the ‘Shakespeare story” ticket giving access to 3 sites which was good value otherwise the single admission price would have been a lot to pay for little to see.
Written 3 June 2024
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Karen howarth
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great place very atmospheric. Not a lot there for the £100 fee for 4 people. The 2 actors performing snippets were fab. Very touristy staff were very helpful and friendly. No food on offer could see no cafe.
Written 30 May 2024
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roxaboo
Mansfield, UK80 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very expensive for what it is, we were very disappointed. Nearly £50 for a family of three, you can go around it in minutes. I wouldn’t waste your hard earned money.

You only take out of it that you have been in Shakespeare’s house, that’s it.

Do yourself a favour and take some pictures outside on the high street. Save your money, I wish we did.
Written 25 May 2024
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Quiet_n_Warm
Bristol, UK159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I guess it’s all about expectations. We came to enjoy the ‘Shakespeare experience’ and for us it was worth it. This was the first place we visited during our trip and we were really glad we came. It was clean, tidy, plenty of ‘facilities’ if required. Yes there was a queue to get into the house but why wouldn’t you expect that?

For us it was about the history and the story of the man and it served its purpose. Right in the heart of the town, it helped to get our visit off to the perfect start. Having a ‘timed’ appointment also worked as it ensured smooth and hassle free access on the day.
Written 16 May 2024
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Vikramming1
Cairo, Egypt110 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This was the most expensive entry fee of everything that the school group did in the area. Everything about this from booking to the actual visit was poor. I contacted the customer service many months ago and it took them a long time to respond to booking and pricing queries. I finally agreed to book just the birthplace and wish I hadn’t bothered. We came all the way to Stratford from Egypt to see Shakespeare but it was actually a
Waste of time. Other attractions in Stratford provide more information and enthusiasm for young people.
We were given a specific slot and arrived on time. There were at least 2 other groups trying to go through the attraction at the same time. The staff were not willing to give the kids the time to explain things and just wanted to funnel them through. We were there for less than an hour and the kids learned nothing. Would not recommend.

Go to Tudor world instead. That is a great place with enthusiastic, kid friendly staff. (They can also talk about Shakespeare)
Written 14 May 2024
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Edgar Sélstyr
Widnes, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We visited in early May at Shakespeare's Birthplace. We had a wonderful time, the staff are all so friendly, Harry and Rebecca stood out the most, they were very knowledgeable in their respective rooms.

Harry gave us a very detailed picture of life in Tudor England, and also was very descriptive from an accessible point of view. We were shown and handled a replica money pot and told of Mary Arden's wool selling.

Rebecca was incredibly proud in what she was saying in the Birthroom about how John and Mary slept and the candle test with the children.

The gift shop is also amazing, with an extensive range of books and merchandise relevant to Shakespeare.
Written 14 May 2024
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Christopher W
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Worth the visit if you’re in Stratford Upon Avon, the hop on hop off bus tour too.

The centre presents well cared for grounds and it was very nice to see some live performances whilst visiting.

It is expensive, but worth the money I think, especially if you get the ticket allowing you access to other sites in the town. They have an important job to preserve this heritage.

The staff were friendly and well informed. However when touring through the house there was a young man talking about the business of Shakespeares father - a glove maker. Quite bizarrely, I thought, he spoke for some time about archery after showing an archery glove and went on to explain that women were superior archers to men in Tudor England, even having greater muscle mass than men due to their physical work - he repeated this more than once. Categorically this is untrue.

The common man was compelled, by law, for hundreds of years, to regularly practice with the longbow for war from a very young age. The strength alone required to draw the old English warbow is immense, and exceedingly difficult without many years of technical practice. Perhaps it’s unfashionable to say in these modern times, but an average Tudor woman would not be capable of drawing a bow anywhere near comparable to the 100lb warbows that so many men spent decades mastering since childhood. They weren’t required to practice from childhood and do not have the same upper body strength.

Undoubtedly some women will have shot the bow during Tudor times, but rarely, and it only became a widespread hobby during the Victorian times.

I shoot a longbow as a hobby and have a fair understanding of the strength and technique needed to use the longbow with any proficiency, alongside its place in our history.
Written 6 May 2024
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Thank you for your review of your recent visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace and your observations about the commentary in the Glover's workshop. As an organisation dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare's works, life and times, we do strive for historical accuracy in everything we do and I am sorry you were disappointed on this occasion. The guide in question is relatively new and we will reassess his narrative in the Workshop about this topic. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we hope you still had an enjoyable visit.
Written 13 May 2024
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