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“Look at the past with fun.”
Review of Mary Arden's Farm

Mary Arden's Farm
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Owner description: Mary Arden's 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.
Warwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Look at the past with fun.”
Reviewed 29 July 2011

Nice few hours for adults and children,learn how to weave,how bees make honey,see how sheeps wool was dyed with onions etc.look at two wanderful old houses that just takes you back in time,one of them where William Shakspear was born.Once you buy your tickets they last all year.

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“More interesting than The Birthplace!”
Reviewed 29 July 2011

Mary Arden's house, just outside Stratford itself, is, in my opinion, the nicest and most interesting places connected with Shakespeare's family. The house has a lot of period pieces and the guides had interesting and entertaining stories of life in Elizabethan times. Visiting the birds of prey was also very enjoyable. This property would appeal more to youngsters than the Birthplace in Stratford itself, I think. I would choose to pay to see this house and just look at the exterior of the Birthplace in the town!

Visited July 2011
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Thame, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great for the whole family”
Reviewed 13 June 2011

This working farm is a great day out for young and old alike. As well as farm animals, we saw a falconry display and some nicely kept gardens. There were traditional games and friendly staff that also helped make for a nice visit.

I personally think that this is the best of the places managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Visited May 2011
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Plenty to do for whole family.”
Reviewed 2 June 2011

Mary Ardens house has plenty to keep the whole family occupied for a good half day. We went on a day where they had a lot of Tudor themes going on, including baking bread, a blacksmith, a Tudor lunch, falconry, dancing and a play. The white timber framed house is the most interesting to look around as it is furnished in keeping with the period, and there are plenty of costumed guides on hand as well. The other house to look around - brick built and now believed to be the true Mary Ardens house is lacking in furnishing and instead has a few displays on Shakespearean themes, though the displays did seem a little lacking.

There are plenty of animals to look at and you can feed the goats if you want to, and go for a lovely walk around the fields too.

Visited May 2011
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Good farm.Nice house.”
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.

Visited April 2011
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