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“Perfect afternoon visit”
Review of Shaw's Corner

Shaw's Corner
Ranked #10 of 50 things to do in St Albans
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We visited Shaw's Corner for the first time last weekend.We found the location difficult to find even with a Sat Nav and parking was a bit tight as the car park is pretty small. The house was compact with rooms bursting with George Bernard Shaw's effects and as he would have known it. One comment I would like to make is that the guide,a young girl sitting on the landing,didn't seem particularly informed with regard to George Bernard Shaw and had to look up information about the Fabian Society. I consider that this should have been something she should have known. The kitchen was interesting,especially the folder with an account from one of the maids.There was only one copy available which proved difficult.The gardens and orchard were peaceful and the benches were really appreciated.

Thank Sheila L
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a very modest little place to have housed such a genius. The rooms are quite small and simply furnished with Shaw's own belongings.
When we visited the guides were not much in evidence, not that you really need them, much of it is self-evident.
The garden is pretty, a lawn, some flowerbeds and an orchard. Scones, strawberries and cream were being served from a table on the lawn, and icecreams from the tiny shop. Beware the ancient loo!
We were there for an hour, it doesn't need much more.
The big draw back is the tiny car park. If you can't get in you have to find somewhere in the lane outside and that's a single track road. They should introduce timed tickets.

Thank PerTheCat
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

It was a lovely sunny day when we visited and we spent some time sitting on the lawn sipping coffee and absorbing the sunshine. Although this is relatively close to St Alban's. it is certainly not easy to get too, down country lanes with some very narrow passing points. Once there, is really is delighful. The house is left as it was when GBS died and you can see his study. Upstairs, in a display case, you can view his Nobel Prize and the Oscar he received for Pygmalion. Down the bottom of the garden is his writing hut; make sure that you don't miss it! On the day we visitied there was to be a performance of a play in the evening; as a result, the house shut an hour early. We were aware of this beforehand, but it is worth checking the NT website before visiting to make sure you're not disappointed. The shop has some really nice items, many that feature quote from GBS quotes. We spent quite a bit in there and bought many of our friends presents.

Thank durham05
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Our first visit to this real National Trust gem. The house is as GBS left it minus his wife's possessions but including some objects from their London flat. The guides were really enthusiastic and knowledgeable bringing GBS to life. Fascinating to learn about his connection with TE Lawrence. Coffee and tea only are available in the second hand book shop. Highly recommended if you are interested in literature and early socialism. I would also highly recommend TE Lawrence's hide-away at Cloud's Hill (NT).

Thank PGNM
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Having eventually found the house of Bernard Shaw,we parked and were shown to the main house.(this is a national trust venue).Here we were greeted by A very helpful lady who explained the history of the house and its ownership. She then ushered us in, to browse around. In most rooms there was someone who took you through details of its contents. This was very interesting.
We then looked around the gardens(not a big garden person me)they were immaculate,groom so well.
Found the small summerhouse at the bottom of the garden. Still as he left it,writings books and flask.
Good afternoon out except for directions to house.

Thank Fooers1
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