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Shakespeare's Birthplace

This is where the Shakespeare story began

William Shakespeare was born in this house and lived here until he was old enough to marry and spend the first five years of family life here with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. Continue reading… Read less…

For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, this house is a shrine. Here you will discover the world that shaped the man and find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Follow in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but other well-known visitors such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy.

Shakespeare's Birthplace is a fascinating house that offers a tantalising glimpse into Shakespeare's early world.

The house itself is relatively simple, but for the late 16th century it would have been considered quite a substantial dwelling. John Shakespeare, William's father, was a glove maker and wool dealer, and the house was originally divided in two parts to allow him to carry out his business from the same premises.

The building is not outstanding architecturally, and typical of the times was constructed in wattle and daub around a wooden frame. Local oak from the Forest of Arden and blue-grey stone from Wilmcote were used in its construction, while the large fireplaces were made from an unusual combination of early brick and stone, and the ground-floor level has stone-flagged floors.


  • Visitor information

    Gift shop

    Book shop

    Coffee Shop


  • Visit time:2 hours

    A perfect introduction to Shakespeare, couple this with another of our properties for a full day out.

    Getting here

  • Nearby attractions

    10 mins walk to Shakespeare's New Place

    15 mins walk to Hall’s Croft

  • The Shakespeare Centre

    Henley St



    CV37 6QW

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