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.
The Victorian pub
Meet the locals at the Shakespeare family pub, open for business once more.
The Glover’s workshop
Experience the home environment that shaped Shakespeare’s early life.
Our resident actors bring Shakespeare’s works to life. Make a request, or even join in!
Shakespeare’s First Folio.
Join a tour with one of our experts and feel the Shakespeare experience come to life.
09 Feb 2016
Poetry by Heart
Join us for the Warwickshire county final, where students aged 14-18 recite two poems to our expert judges.
- Booking required
- The Skakespeare Centre
Daily 30 Jan - 31 Dec 2016
Step into Shakespeare’s shoes and stage mini scenes from his life and works.
- Booking required
- Mary Arden's Farm
Visit time:2 hours
A perfect introduction to Shakespeare, couple this with another of our properties for a full day out.
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