Mary Arden's Farm
Step back in time for all the sights, smells and sounds of a real Tudor farm and explore the house where Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, grew up.
Mary Arden's House is the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother and sits alongside Palmer’s Farm, a living history experience transporting visitor’s back to the 1570’s.
Experience for yourself the daily routine, skills and crafts that the young William would have known from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s. Watch the farmer's wife prepare and cook her home-grown food in the farmhouse kitchen and learn about Tudor table manners as the household prepares for meal time.
Help with tasks like skep-making and basket-weaving and 'earn your keep' at Palmer's Farm with traditional chores such as threshing, bread-making, gardening and animal-tending.
- Try your hand at have-a-go archery (school and bank holidays)
- Watch our daily falconry displays
- See our rare breed animals
- Explore our nature trails, discovering abundant wildlife including woodpeckers and rabbits along the way
- Enjoy refreshments and light meals served all day in the cafe
- Kids under 10 can enjoy our timber framed adventure playground
Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm, open from March - November. With lots of seasonal activities and Tudor events and free repeat visits for 12 months there are lots of reasons to visit time and time again. Look out for the daily activity boards during your visit.
Tickets, directions and opening times
If you are visiting the area between March and November then a Shakespeare Five House Pass (which now includes a visit to Shakespeare's grave) offers great value for money. You save between £7.00 - £29.50 compared to a Shakespeare Birthplace Pass and get entry to Mary Arden’s Farm and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens.
Mary Arden's Farm is located in Wilmcote, just 3.5 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, and a short walk from Wilmcote train station. The postcode reference for sat nav is CV37 9UN.
Please note that due to the range of free roaming residents at Mary Arden's Farm we are unable to welcome dogs amongst our visitors, other than assistance dogs. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Visiting Mary Ardens House
Allow up to two hours to view both Mary Arden’s House and Palmer's Farm, as well as the falconry displays, prize-winning livestock and the shop.
You may need longer to enjoy further the grounds and the walks.