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“Good farm.Nice house.”
Review of Mary Arden's Farm

Mary Arden's Farm
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Owner description: Mary Arden's Farm is closed for the winter and reopens 10 March 2018. The Farm was the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother. Today you can experience all the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm, just as it would have been when Shakespeare was a boy. Watch "Tudors" go about their daily routine, see rare breed animals and explore nature trails. There are daily falconry displays and archery at weekends and in school holidays. There is a playground for children from 2 upwards, a picnic area and a cafe. Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm that keeps pace with the season so there is always something new to see and do.The Farm is open seasonally from Easter to the end of October half-term.The Farm is 3 miles from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon in the village of Wilmcote. There are buses and trains to Wilmcote. The train journey takes 5 minutes and the Farm is a short walk from Wilmcote rail station. It is also a pleasant walk along the canal from the centre of Stratford.
Reviewed 27 April 2011

The house was very nice and very good characters around.THe falconly was a bit disapointing.They said they don't force birds to work and i agree with that but if they don't then they should not put on a show.

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Reviewed 3 May 2010

Enjoyable afternoon spent wandering around the houses and fields that form the complex. Numerous guides in shakesperean clothes showing how to cook or turn wood etc in a medieval manner - extremely friendly and chatty - particularly with the children. The children also thoroughly enjoyed going in the stocks!

The houses have low ceilings - particularly upstairs - so be prepared

I would also recomend the cafe - who specialise in locally sourced produce. The sandwiches and cakes were delicious - albeit a little pricey and the service was somewhat lacking.

Not enough to keep you interested for longer than half a day - but if you get the weather right a great place to visit for an afternoon

Thank bob0406
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

Although I live only about 15 miles from Mary Ardens', I hadn't visited at all until a few months ago. since then I've been 3 times! It's a working Tudor farm with animals kept as they would have been in Shakespeare's day.
The guides are dressed as they would have been then and live exactly as they would have done in those times. They eat together in the house eating fish on fish days for example and other seasonal food. I went with two children aged 4 and 7 and they loved out. The guides went out of their way to make it a great day for them, showing them how to help with the chores.
There are birds of prey and it was great to feel an owl fly onto your arm. Even the seven year old tried it.
Since I first went a few months ago, the cafe has changed hands and was much better than that first visit. I had great coffee last time and a nice sandwich.
Even better, once you have been once, the ticket allows you unlimited entry for the rest of the year so I thought it was really good value

Thank Warwicklocal
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Reviewed 29 October 2007

We carried on on the tourist bus from Anne Hathaways cottage to the village of Wilmcote. First to see are the farm-yards - highlights were the horse-powered cider-mill and the huge dovecote with 650 nesting holes. Palmers Farm has displays in the various rooms with enthusiastic guides dressed up in costume who are a wealth of information .
Mary Arden's house has a few waxwork models of people working in the rooms giving an idea of life in the house from years ago to 19th century. There are also animals and birds of Prey in the grounds and a circular Field walk.

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Reviewed 18 June 2002

I went to visit Mary Arden's House with my school as part of my G.C.S.E study. I thouroughly enjoyed the day and I found it extremely educational. I learned a lot. The guides where helpful and informal. I really enjoyed the Day!

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