Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare's Birthplace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 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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Josh Redding
London, UK6 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
It’s worth doing but keep in mind it’s a quick trip round. Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. Building is truly impressive and we learnt a lot walking around. Didn’t let me lie in the bed.
Written 20 December 2021
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bluebell085
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
Dec 2021
Visited Shakespeare's birthplace - overpriced and poor quality guides - You can scan a QR code to get more info but this takes you to a video, rather than audio guide, which takes forever to download and keeps rebuffering. There were three human guides in the house but the two I spoke to were not well informed. One told me the most common cause of death at the time was drowning (it wasn't - just look at the bills of mortality in London to see that is not the case) and could not answer questions about the glove workshop beyond telling me that leather was made of skin. The other had a few anecdotes of dubious authenticity.
The house itself is well laid out - and the information in the videos is useful and interesting - a pity it is so difficult to access. Be aware that the house was heavily restored in the 19th century so parts are essentially a Victorian reimaging of the place.
To be fair, I was visiting during a COVID winter, which might effect the experience, but £18 was overpriced for what I experienced. A little bit of training for the guides and a less data-intensive way of accessing quality information would make a big difference to the experience.
Written 12 December 2021
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gordonmaximus
York, UK293 contributions
Nov 2021
Much of the historic info I had not heard of before so it was good to get to know, worth a visit Many of the items on display were very interesting and informative. Spent quite a time looking round and enjoyed it all
Written 1 December 2021
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Fussell
London, UK121 contributions
Nov 2021
From the road, the building looks interesting. And it is. But on entry visitors are first taken through a pre planned route navigating through uninteresting displays with hardly any captions or explanations. Lots of photos, busts and books from the time of the great man. But hardly any written explanation. A frustratingly barren experience. Then you reach the pretty courtyard by the house and climb through into the house itself. Again very little information, A shortage of room dressing makes the visit brief and dull. Overall an expensive mistake. See the house from the outside and don't bother going in. The shop however is a treasure trove of interesting products. That is worth a visit. And its free. .
Written 30 November 2021
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david p
Portsmouth, UK88 contributions
Nov 2021
No matter what the historical significance ìs, anywhere that's charging effectively £1 per minute is a rip off. We paid £18, saw everything and were in and out in 18 minutes.
Do yourself a favour and just look at it from the outside from the street.
Written 25 November 2021
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cas
Surrey, England64 contributions
Nov 2021
Very informative with some beautiful artefacts and rooms. The guide in the birthing room in particular was knowledgeable
Written 19 November 2021
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Heather G
6 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
The museum section was interesting, and I enjoyed the qr code videos as a sort of mini guide. In the house I found Rowan to be exceptionally helpful and informative about the house and Shakespeare. She was engaging and friendly. I'd recommend a visit for anyone interested in history, or in Shakespeare's life and works.
Written 15 November 2021
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Graham C
7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Came to Stratford for a couple of days away, I do understand that this time of year is not very popular but the only Shakespeare property open was this one. We did not book on line but when asked we were told we could pay at the entrance, it was £18 and we were told that it would take approximately 45 minutes. Very disappointed with the place, we were in and out within 15 minutes saw two members of staff. We will make sure that we come at a more popular time of year next time
Written 10 November 2021
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Smokemare
Stoke-on-Trent, UK49 contributions
Oct 2021
We bought a family ticket online. We had to queue a little while to get into the museum, but this was because staff were trying to ensure there was room to social distance. The museum itself provides lots of interesting information, not just about the life of Shakespeare but also about Tudor life in general. There are information boards, plus artefacts from the era and old photos and pictures to show how the property has changed over the decades.

The garden is also a pleasant area. They have a huge board with summaries of all Shakespeare's plays. The summaries are very, very good. I could have happily stayed to read them all, but alas - my impatient family were jostling me on.

The house itself is a real window into the past. Even if you're not a Shakespeare fan, it offers an authentic look into Tudor life. The members of staff attending the guests in the house were very friendly and helpful and had a wealth of historical knowledge to impart. For example, one lady was discussing with me the average life-expectancy of the time. I'd never quite realised how the figures are distorted by the deaths of children and the deaths of mothers while giving birth. It seems that actually if a man lived to adulthood and a woman survived birthing all her children, they were actually quite likely to live well into their sixties, possibly seventies if they were wealthy and many individuals DID live to bat a century.

The gift shop has some great books in it. If you don't want to see the house but are interested in Shakespeare I'd recommend the gift shop alone.

For me, as an author, this was quite a special visit. Anyone who enjoys putting pen to paper or playing with language should visit Shakespeare's Birth Place. It's surprising how much of modern English language and culture has been shaped by his genius.
Written 9 November 2021
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Hevs
Taunton, UK11 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We popped in as we were in Stratford for the day. We bought the tickets online about 45 mins before we wanted to go in. The staff on duty in the house were very informative, which made the experience even more enjoyable. The garden was lovely, even in the Autumn. The shop was also well stocked with nice gifts etc. Yes, some may say the price was expensive (£18 an adult) for what it was however I am quite happy to pay for the upkeep of such a prominent historic building.
Written 30 October 2021
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