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“Not such a good addition to the Shakespeare trail!”
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.
Reviewed 8 May 2013

Yes, a very good period farm with lots of animals etc, should be very attractive to children, we went there during a rural festival day, BUT not much Shakespearean interest really, could have sold itself just as a farm/rural life museum.

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ShakespeareBT, Marketing Officer at Mary Arden's Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2013

Many thanks for leaving a review of your visit to Mary Arden's Farm. It is a living Tudor Farm and family attraction where you can spend hours on a sunny day watching the Tudors go about their daily tasks.

Mary Arden was Shakespeare's mother and this was her childhood home and represents an important part of the story of Shakespeare we share with our visitors. Visitors also get a real sense of what life was like in Tudor times as they watch our resident Tudors carry out their daily chores.

Our tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase so we hope to welcome you again and again for free during those 12 months.

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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Lots of activities for children made this the hit of our stay for our daughter.

Animals to feed and pet. Weaving to try and to take home. Floral wreaths to make and wear. Birds of pray to entertain you. Lots of staff in period constume, keen to involve children in their Tudor chores, and to explain what life was like then. A good play area.

We spent the afternoon here on Saturday, but our daughter was keen to return on the Sunday to try everything again (and of course the entry is free for return visits over the next 12 months).

Free parking, although you may have a short walk if the car park is full ( as it was on Sunday).

1  Thank WIKRoberts
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ShakespeareBT, Marketing Officer at Mary Arden's Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Many thanks for you review of your visit to the Shakespeare Houses and Gardens.
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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Reviewed 5 May 2013

We should have really known from the name that this would be a farm, but because we had paid for the 5 house ticket we went.
There were plenty of activities on throughout the day, mainly aimed at the May Day theme. As a young, aged 19 and 20, couple we didn't spend as much time as we hoped. There were plenty of families, and plenty for children to do, but we didn't find this as informative as the other houses. However this being said, a family with young children would find this ideal - there is plenty for children to do and space to run around and be children.
Comparing this house to the others, children would love Mary Arden's farm, but would dislike the other houses because they are purely informative with very few activities.

Another pointer - when we were leaving, we were going to purchase an item, but left because after waiting a good 5-10 minutes no one came to serve us. The gift shop till also doubles as a ticket reception. Only one ticket till was open (on the opposite side from the gift shop) and there was a queue to get into the farm. Had there of been someone at the gift shop side as well to take ticket payments, we would have been able to purchase the item, but instead we left the item on the counter and returned to the car.

After visiting the other houses before we found that this one was a let down and didn't really live up to the standards set by the other properties. If we do return to Stratford within the next 12 months, we will probably give this one a miss

1  Thank Rebecca C
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

Lots to see and do and living history, with costumed characters; as you visit each building. Step back in time and find out about the Elizabethan way of farming. Lots of activities for children at different times of the year.
Very peaceful location, a bit off the beaten track and fairly close to Anne Hathaway's cottage. Best to go by car, if you can. A distance from the main town, though if walking or using public transport. Best to plan carefully first.

Thank Anita E
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ShakespeareBT, Marketing Officer at Mary Arden's Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Many thanks for your review of your visit to Mary Arden's Farm.
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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Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

Our family of four went to the farm at about 2.30pm on a Friday and on arrival saw a couple of young families leaving - some of the very few people we were to actually see.

We paid the entrance fee and headed in. It quickly became clear that a map might be required so I headed back out to ask if any were available as one had not been offered. Thankfully it was free.

We followed the path round passing by cows, horses, chickens, geese, goats, pigs and so far only one human who totally ignored us. Perhaps mistakenly I had expected a few more bodies milling around to give that authentic feel. We finally discovered two women making read,who to be fair to them told a good tale about fairy doors to our three-year-old.

On we went past the empty falconry enclosure (a bereavement was fairly to blame for that) and past the empty archery range until we came to the modest new play area. A walk around the perimeter to view the lambs (from a distance) and we were back to the start.

It was an enjoyable enough afternoon but we left with the feeling that we had turned up at the wrong time. It would be handy to know when the right time is but the website has very little detail and we were certainly suprised by the lack of peple on site - we counted four - and it's a large site.

It took us a hour and a half to go round and that was stretching it out. Make sure you time it right.

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ShakespeareBT, Marketing Officer at Mary Arden's Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Many thanks for writing a review of your visit to Mary Arden's Farm. I am sorry to hear you felt your visit did not meet your expectations. It is very useful to have your feedback as we are constantly looking at how we can use this space and make the visitor experience a positive one.

It is unusal for Mary Arden's Farm to be so empty, though it is a large site and visitors can be tucked away enjoying their visit in all different places across the site.


We do try and offer as much value as possible and our tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase so we invite our visitors to come back again and again for free during those 12 months.

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