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.
Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm
In the morning, watch the farmer's wife prepare her home-grown food over the fire in the farmhouse kitchen and learn about Tudor table manners when the Tudors gather to eat their dinner at 1pm.
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.
During the summer holidays, try your hand at Tudor games such as Quoits, Loggits and even Frog Flinging! 10.30–12.30 and 1.30–3.30.
Daily activities around the farm:
10.00 Geese led out and horse led in
10.30-12.30 Tudor Games (summer holidays only)
11.00 Working animal display
11.30 Falconry display
12.00 Horse work
1.00 Tudor dinner
1.30 Falconry display
1.30-3.30 Tudor games (summer holidays only)
2.00 Join in with Tudor activities
3.00 Tudor housewives (demonstrating traditional skills)
3.30 Falconry display
4.00 Milking the goat
Activities and times may vary so look out for the daily activity boards during your visit
Even more to explore:
- Discover our exhibition celebrating 500 Years at Mary Arden's Farm
- Try your hand at have-a-go archery (school and bank holidays)
- See our rare breed animals
- Explore our nature trails, discovering abundant wildlife including woodpeckers and rabbits along the way
- Enjoy refreshments and light meals, including our Tudor inspired specials 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.
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
(17th Mar - 2nd Nov)
10am - 5pm
(Nov 2014 - Mar 2015)
Events at this venue
500 Years Exhibition
From Fri 22nd Aug
2014 marks the 500th anniversary of the building of Mary Arden's Farm.
Find out more
Tudor Harvest Fair
From Sat 23rd Aug
Experience the noise and bustle of a 16th-century hiring market.
Find out more