Mary Arden's Farm
A working Tudor farm
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.
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.
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.
Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of his mother’s working Tudor farm
- A great day out for all the family! Explore the farm yard with its centuries-old barns and original dovecote
- Geese herding, falconry displays and rare breed animals
- Hands on archery*
- Watch the Tudor farmhands at work
- Nature trails & adventure playground
- New Mary Arden’s Story exhibition
- Gift shop and café
*High days and holidays + Additional charge applies
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.
Contact information and location
Opening TimesSummer 2015
10am – 5pm
10am – 5pm
Winter 2015 / 2016
Events at this venue
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Events:Woolly Week at Mary Arden's Farm
From Sat 28th May
It’s Woolly Week at Mary Arden’s Farm with traditional sheep shearing and craft demonstrations daily.
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From Sun 25th Sep
Celebrate the end of the Tudor harvest and enjoy apple-themed activities. Plus, falconry, archery, craft traders, music, dancing, BBQ and apple juice bar.
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