Where the story began
Visit the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up.
Shakespeare's Birthplace has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. This is the house where William Shakespeare was born, grew up and played. He ate meals in the hall and he slept and dreamt in these rooms. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway.
See how his father, John, earned his living as a glove maker and explore The Shakespeare Exhibition, before entering the house and it's outstanding gardens.
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. It's a special place that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
- Explore his life story at the fascinating Famous Beyond Words exhibition
- Journey back in time with captivating tales by our costumed guides
- Enjoy live performances with Shakespeare Aloud!, our resident acting troupe
- See treasures from the archives
Gift shop and cafe
Tickets, Directions and Opening Times
Why not buy a Shakespeare Five House Pass for entry to Shakespeare's Birthplace and all the other Shakespeare Family Homes, which now includes a visit to Shakespeare's grave. You can save between £7.00-£29.50 compared to a Shakespeare Birthplace Pass plus tickets to Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens and Mary Arden's Farm.
Shakespeare's Birthplace is situated on Henley Street in the town centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Dogs are welcome in the gardens at Shakespeare's Birthplace, provided they are accompanied and on a lead.
Contact information and location
Opening TimesSummer 2015
9am – 5.30pm
9am – 5pm
Winter 2015 / 2016
10am – 4pm
Events at this venue
Outdoor Theatre at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
From Sat 22nd Aug
Enjoy a summer season of outdoor theatre performances that bring Shakespeare’s famous works to life
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