Anne Hathaways Cottage
Love and marriage
The world famous Anne Hathaway's Cottage is situated in Shottery 1 mile from Stratford-upon-Avon and was the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife and has been a pilgrimage for visitors for centuries.
The young Shakespeare would have courted Anne here and the thatched cottage has often been described as the most romantic in England. The beautiful thatched farmhouse was occupied by descendents of the Hathaway family until it's purchase by the Trust in 1892 and still contains many rare family items of furniture that date back to Anne's time, including the finely carved, oak Hathaway bed.
Enjoy beautiful gardens in Stratford upon Avon. Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a thatched farmhouse with stunning grounds and gardens, which overflow with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs.The cottage is in Shottery, a hamlet within the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is just over one mile from the town centre and can be accessed via a pleasant, well sign-posted footpath.
Highlights at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Garden
Relive Shakespeare’s Tudor love story where he courted his bride-to-be
- Explore this 600-year old cottage and some of its original family furniture, including the Hathaway four-poster bed and the courting settle
- Nine acres of beautiful cottage gardens and heritage orchards, woodland walks and sculpture trail
- Nature-themed family activity tent (April – October*)
- New Tudor Courtship exhibition (opens 28 March)
- Enjoy a scrumptious English afternoon tea in the garden café
- Gift shop
*Weekends and school holidays
Tickets and directions.
For fantastic value, a Shakespeare Five House Pass provides entry to Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens and all 5 of Shakespeare's Family Homes, which now includes a visit to Shakespeare's grave. You save between £7.00 - £29.50 compared to a Shakespeare Birthplace Pass plus tickets to the Cottage and Mary Arden’s Farm.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens can be reached via a pleasant 1.3 mile walk from the town centre which takes approximately 30 minutes. The postcode reference for sat nav is CV37 9HH.
Dogs are welcome in the gardens at Anne Hathaway's Cottage, provided they are accompanied and on a lead.
Visiting Hathaways Cottage
Allow at least 1 hour to view the Cottage, gardens, grounds and shops. The grounds are a perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch or tea.