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Shakespeare's Birthplace
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 August 2014

There is an exhibition about Shakespeare's work and how influential it was before you get to the house which is very good. The house itself has been well restored. The wallpapers and wood panels are stunning. The garden is quite small but has a few tables, chairs and benches. All in all I think the house would be worth a look even if it wasn't Shakespeare's birthplace.

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Shakespeare's birthplace is quite rightly ranked highly on trip advisor. There are a few negative reviews, but generally these are from people with unrealistic expectations and a notion that this should be some kind of Shakespeare theme park!

A lot of work has been done to bring history to life, the exhibition is first class, and the video as you enter is entertaining and informative (Homer Simpson reciting Shakespeare!). All of the staff at highly knowledgable about the house and the history, we had a long conversation with one of the stewards regarding the Shakespeare family and he was well versed in the history of the period.

The house is as accurate a representation of how it would have been in Shakespeare's time, and although a big house, some of the conditions where fairly cramped - makes you really contempt what life was like then.

The "Shakespeare Aloud" players in the grounds are undoubtedly a highlight. They are able to perform and recite on request - and although (rather cheekily!) I tried to catch them out they were up to the task. Their renditions were well acted and audience participation helped to capture the imagination of younger visitors.

I spent 3 hours here, and have been back for a second visit - the ticket is an open ticket for 365 days, which is great value and it also provides access to four other houses.

I would throughly recommend Shakespeare's birthplace as a great place to start your journey around the history of Stratford-upon-Avon. If you can stay a while and soak up the history rather than dash through, then you will get more out of it.

Congratulations to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for continuing to preserve our history, and to keep looking at new ways to engage with visitors.

Thank Fenlander63
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ShakespeareBT, Houses Manager at Shakespeare's Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much, and that you would recommend your trip to others!

I hope you'll have many more opportunities to come and visit us with your 12 month tickets; keep an eye out for events taking place throughout the year so see a whole new side to the houses during the changing seasons :)

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We visited Shakespeare's birthplace some years ago and on our more recent visit were impressed by the significant changes they have made to the site. The rooms are well presented and a lot of information is displayed around the place. In the garden at the time of our visit, there were actors performing scenes from any Shakespeare play you threw at them. They were brilliant. It didn't matter which play you mentioned they knew a scene from it. Great entertainment all round.

Thank Barry C
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

With your ticket, you also get admission to two other cottages/attractions in the area (good for a year) so if you live in the area, it's good to know you can go back another time without having to pay extra. It was a good setup - you go through a little museum first before you get to the house. There's not much to actually see inside the house, but it still has a good feeling to it. When we went they had actors outside which were taking requests for scenes - think of one before you go! Overall a good trip.

Thank sxsimpers
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We took our grandchildren to visit the various houses both at Wilmcote, Shottery and Stratford upon Avon. We had a family ticket for all the attractions. We found Mary Arden's farm and Anne Hathaway's cottage very interesting and well worth visiting. We also visited Shakespeare's birthplace but found this very crowded and as result couldn't really enjoy it as much. We ran out of time so were unable to see the remaining attractions, but the ticket we bought is valid for 12 months to be used as often as needed. We shall therefore be returning to complete our visit and if time allows revisit these

Thank annban8
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