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“Visit ruined”
Review of Mary Arden's Farm

Mary Arden's Farm
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US$33.91*
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Shakespeare's Birthplace: All 5 Houses Ticket
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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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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Visit ruined”
Reviewed 24 April 2013

We arrived at the same time as three coach load of students from Europe. Most of these were well behaved and considerate, but a group 'took over' the children's play area. They were probably 15-16 years of age. Three hefty females were crammed into the basket swing and being pushed very high by make classmates, so high in fact they had to jump up to push the swing. The ordinary swing held a very large male and was being pushed in the same manner by two classmates. The child's safety swing was occupied by a female who was also being pushed extremely high. The slide was being used in an irresponsible manner and the noise was deafening. One adult was present but did nothing to supervise or maintain any order.
I was there with three going grandchildren but we were unable to use the area.
This playground is new and should be a delightful resource but it will not survive many onslaughts like this.
We found the behaviour intimidating so we left. I would have complained at the shop but that was overflowing with student visitors too.
I think the staff at Mary Arden's need to establish some code of behaviour for such visitors be it from abroad or home-grown hooligans. It should not be above their remit to talk to the group, via their 'responsible adult' if language is a problem and spell out what is acceptable...including not trying to catch the chickens etc wandering round; age limits in the playground; general behaviour etc. it should also possible for staff to patrol on an informal basis and so be aware of such behaviour. None were present anywhere near this area.
The visit was ruined for us and I'd hesitate to visit again.

Visited April 2013
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ShakespeareBT, Assistant Marketing Manager at Mary Arden's Farm, responded to this review, 30 April 2013
Many thanks for your review of your visit to Mary Arden's Farm. I am very sorry that your experience at the Farm was ruined by other vistors. We do appreciate all kinds of feedback and constantly strive to improve the visitor experience. I will happily share your feedback with the staff at Masry Arden's Farm and we do hope you will visit us again and hopefully enjoy your visit much more. Your ticket is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase so you can come back again fro free.
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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“Interesting and fun”
Reviewed 14 April 2013 via mobile

Good fun and really interesting when it's not raining. The falconry display was great. If you want some of the Shakespeare experience but want something a bit different then this fits the bill.

Visited April 2013
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ShakespeareBT, Assistant Marketing Manager at Mary Arden's Farm, responded to this review, 30 April 2013
I am delighted that you found your visit interesting and we hope to welcome you back again. Your ticket is valid for 12 months from the date or purchase so you can come back again and again for free during those 12 months.
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Nottingham
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“Great in the summer”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

We chose a freezing cold, snowy day to visit the farm so we didn't get as much enjoyment out of seeing the animals as we would have liked. Children will love this place and, a little tip, if the pigs are hiding in their house, just rustle your leaflet/piece of paper and they'll come out thinking you have food! :) I liked the 'living' nature of the farm, people in costume doing their chores and we enjoyed watching the lunchtime ritual which was well explained, it's just a shame there was so little room to stand and watch. Nice café and shop. I imagine the would be excellent for most families especially in the summer.

Visited April 2013
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ShakespeareBT, Assistant Marketing Manager at Mary Arden's Farm, responded to this review, 30 April 2013
Thanks you for your lovely review of your visit to Mary Arden's Farm. It really is a great place for famillies and we try and offer plenty of things to do during all school holidays so that's there's something different each time. We hope you see you again as your ticket is valid for 12 months from the date of purchse so you can come back again and again for free.
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Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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“great for kids”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

Really good experience for kids, to walk around a Tudor farm. The costumed workers remain in role and show you how to make bred, set up a fire and do archery. An interactive learning experience with games and dress up throughout. Food in the cafe was great. We took the red sightseeing bus as it is out of the town, unfortunately there was no bus shelter and it was raining heavily.

Visited April 2013
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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“Warm, welcoming staff and friendly farm animals too!”
Reviewed 13 April 2013

My 19 month old daughter and I really enjoyed Mary Arden's Farm and we managed to time lunch with the rain which was great. The cafe was lovely with a nice selection of food and drinks. I was very impressed with the staff all around the farm as well - chef gave my daughter an apple to feed the horse with and everyone was lovely - will definitely be back there again, espescially as your £10 entrance ticket is valid for 12 months and children under 5 go free! We didn;t have time to visit the adventure playground but we will be trying it out when the sun comes out (soon, hopefully!).

Visited April 2013
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