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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  • 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 Kingdom593 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 Kingdom46 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 Kingdom248 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
  • BackinBracknell
    Bracknell, United Kingdom1,530 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy the Shakespeare's Story Ticket
    We booked the Shakespeare's Story Ticket online which gives you entry to Shakespeare's Birthplace plus Anne Hathaway's Cottage and the New Place. Also if you have a Gardener's World 2 for 1 card you can use that when booking. It worked out at £12.50 each to visit all three places which is great value. Only slight drawback is that you have to choose a timeslot for Shakespeare's Birthplace, but it saves queuing. You don't need to book a time for the others - you can just turn up and show your ticket. We visited the Birthplace first. Was a bit surprised that you go through a modern exhibition area before reaching the house. Not what I was expecting but it gives you a lot of helpful information. The house itself is very well preserved and the guides in each room were very knowledgeable. A highlight was seeing the very talented and engaging actors performing some short Shakespeare scenes in the garden. They were fantastic and really brought the place to life.
    We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace We require our visitors to book a time slot for their visit to the Birthplace as this helps us to manage the flow of visitors through the exhibition and the Birthplace itself. This helps us to ensure that the experience is enjoyable and engaging for all. 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 1 September 2023
  • Earl_1978
    94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthy of a visit
    Very enjoyable and educational experience. Get the Shakespeares Story ticket which lets you into here (you have to pre-book a time slot) as well as Shakespeares New Place and Anne Hattaway Cottage. You can easily do all three in one day.
    Thank you for your review and we were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. With the Shakespeare's Story ticket you can come back and visit again for the 12-month duration of the ticket. Please check our website for opening hours and seasonal closing dates.
    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 2 September 2023
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Simon D
Montreal, Canada6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
The actual experience of the visit was enjoyable it was the terrible service we received at the door before our visit which means I have to rate the place so badly. We arrived early for our scheduled visit and kindly asked if we could use the toilet facilities. It seems £20 per person isn’t enough to enter for the toilet as we were instructed to use the public toilets instead.

I had two elderly guests with me in out party one with a reduced mobility but that didn’t seem to make any difference. After waiting until a few minutes before our allotted time to enter we again lined up outside only to find we had to wait to have our tickets scanned as the same door person had to finish her conversation before serving us. When we passed she told us not to enter as she had to scan our tickets. I told her about the ridiculousness of sending us away for the toilets when we were paying guests and told her I was happy she’d finished her conversation before serving us. She then proceeded to berate on my tone. I told her to simply scan my tickets thank you and she told me that “was better.” At that rudeness I did raise my voice and then got told by her manager than our entry would be barred unless I calmed down. Unbelievable really so we then kept quiet we’re made to wait another 6 minutes to be in the hour and on the tour it was pretty much empty. The tour itself was fine.

I would recommend not asking for the toilets or expecting a modicum of common sense from the welcome staff, just be quiet have your ticket scanned on time only and you’ll have what can only be described as a satisfactory visit.
Written 17 October 2021
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FamilySparrow
Royston, UK75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
The staff had worked hard to make this venue COVID-19 safe, which is great.
However, the result meant that you went through the property quite quickly, and very dependent on the speed of those in front and behind you. There felt like a pressure to move on and you couldn’t linger to look at things. Nor could you spend time in the garden.
In the end, by the time we had gone in (waited about 10 minutes to enter) we were only inside for about 30 minutes. At £31 for two children and one adult, this made it quite expensive. I’m sure in normal times they’d do more to engage keen young people (my 10 year old loves Shakespeare 🤣😳) but she was quite disappointed by the conveyor belt style!
I don’t begrudge them; they are a charity and I know the current times have been hard, but it might be worth expectation setting with children.
Written 26 August 2020
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Zoe
Cheshire, UK126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
My partner and I visited Shakespeare's birthplace, due to COVID they prefer you to book online prior o your visit. We literally booked our ticket 15 minutes before the entry time as there was space available online (this was a Sunday afternoon). It is really interesting and worth a visit. Currently the only Shakespeare attraction that is open due to COVID.
Written 13 October 2020
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Craig_Tapper
Sydney, Australia835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The site itself is terrifically preserved, and set in grounds and a number of supporting buildings to help you understand Shakespeare and the context and period. Inside the building very helpful staff in period costume help you understand the times and the lifestyle of his family and outside actors read sections of his plays, speeches and sonnets. Terrific atmosphere and most enjoyable.
Written 5 January 2020
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yss97
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Couples
There is a small exhibition as you enter on Shakespeare and his works ending with his family tree and a history of the house. Then you go into the gardens which were lovely and in bloom. You then go into the house which showed the various rooms on how they lived which very interesting. This included the bedroom where Shakespeare and his siblings were born. Worth a visit. We bought the combined ticket for £24 each online which included this Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Shakespeare’s New House. This is a huge saving on the individual tickets and is worth it if you intend to go to at least 2 out of the places.
Written 2 June 2022
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Thank you for your review and we were pleased to hear that you had an interesting visit. We hope to welcome you back again one day.
Written 17 June 2022
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Mike T.
Derby, UK80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I'm not the biggest fan of Shakespeare, but It only felt fitting to visit during my short stay in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a nice little building, with some good information about the Bard himself and about his family. I would recommend it but I have to be honest, I would not have gone had I not had some vouchers. It's a little bit expensive for what it is, especially if you are not a fan of his work. But I am glad I went and suspect that any fan of his work will love it. It just perhaps wasn't for my tastes.
Written 19 January 2022
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James H
London, UK339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed touring the birthplace of Shakespeare. The grounds were very so scenic and you could peruse at your own pleasure.

Inside has lots of information available from the local experts, who were also dressed up in Tudor clothing. Loved the mixture of history regarding the period and the history of the writer. The actors were very friendly and very informative.

Actor outside in the gardens reciting Shakespeare's works was also a real delight I stayed a while longer just to hear him do more.

Was very impressed.
Written 6 January 2020
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,530 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We booked the Shakespeare's Story Ticket online which gives you entry to Shakespeare's Birthplace plus Anne Hathaway's Cottage and the New Place. Also if you have a Gardener's World 2 for 1 card you can use that when booking. It worked out at £12.50 each to visit all three places which is great value.

Only slight drawback is that you have to choose a timeslot for Shakespeare's Birthplace, but it saves queuing. You don't need to book a time for the others - you can just turn up and show your ticket. We visited the Birthplace first. Was a bit surprised that you go through a modern exhibition area before reaching the house. Not what I was expecting but it gives you a lot of helpful information. The house itself is very well preserved and the guides in each room were very knowledgeable. A highlight was seeing the very talented and engaging actors performing some short Shakespeare scenes in the garden. They were fantastic and really brought the place to life.
Written 1 September 2023
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We were happy to hear that you had such an informative and enjoyable visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace We require our visitors to book a time slot for their visit to the Birthplace as this helps us to manage the flow of visitors through the exhibition and the Birthplace itself. This helps us to ensure that the experience is enjoyable and engaging for all. Thank you
Written 14 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rachael C
Thatcham, UK126 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
I have such a love for Shakespeare so was so looking forward to visiting his family home. When we arrived we was informed of the cost which was £16 per adult. I was shocked by the price but thought it must be worth the cost. However, I’m afraid to say it’s deffo not with £16 per person.

The museum is really informative and the tour of his house was really good. The only downfall was the large amount of people the guides allowed in at one time. It made it impossible to read the signs around the place as you were being huffed and puffed at for taking too long.

The gift shop was well stocked but a lot of the stuff was significantly cheaper online on Amazon which put me off buying from the shop.
Written 26 February 2022
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Divergirl26
Wales, UK12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
Hadn't pre-booked as it was unplanned day in Stratford. It wasn't busy when I arrived with my two children but was told we could only enter if we booked a timed ticket online. The QR code displayed brought up an unsafe connection warning on my phone (as it did on other visitors doing the same thing). Was then advised to go onto website. Found this very difficult to navigate on my small phone screen and when I asked for guidance from staff about which ticket I needed they said they didn't know. Wasn't allowed to simply purchase a ticket at their ticket booth. My young children were getting restless and there were lots more people arriving in a large group so I bought what I thought was the right ticket. Ended up paying £39.50 for a family ticket allowing us in but it was also a ticket for 2 other buildings so much more than we needed. Having looked at the website since, tickets are expensive but we could have got a cheaper option for the three of us in the party.

The children found the visit interesting but there was no guide to show us around and only one member of staff to ask questions so we had to do our own thing to find any information. The lady at the till at the gift shop was very friendly and helpful.

It was a very expensive half an hour look around the house and garden. Yes I bought the wrong ticket but a little help and guidance from staff on entry or the ability to purchase a ticket from someone who could help would have been greatly appreciated and saved me some money. I wasn't the only person struggling with the technology at the entrance, I dread to think what it is like when its really busy. If you are thinking of going I suggest you make sure you pre-book your tickets to get the right one
Written 10 August 2022
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