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.
Famous Beyond Words Exhibition
For four centuries Shakespeare’s work has fascinated people of all ages and backgrounds. The new introductory exhibition at Shakespeare’s Birthplace explores the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world. Discover what sparked his imagination and how he continues to shape our lives today.
Featuring an array of Shakespeare memorabilia, artwork and a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, this inspiring exhibition sets the scene for your visit to the place where the story began.
Famous Beyond Words has been funded by the DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund.
What on Earth? Giant Wallbook of Shakespeare
12 March - 2 November 2014
Come and see our giant wallbook on display in the garden at Shakespeare's Birthplace. See 38 of his plays unfold before your eyes on a timeline that stretches over 9 metres!
Watch Shakespeare's plays being brought to life by our very own troupe of professional actors, Shakespeare Aloud! You can see live performances every day, so join in with the actors and request an excerpt from your favourite play.
Visit the Shakespeare's Treasures Exhibition, showcasing a selection of treasures from our Collections. A new display of items is curated every 6 months, so there's always something new to discover!
While you're here, you may be invited to record a video for the Birthplace blog, Living Shakespeare, where you can hear the stories of some of our visitors from all over the world.
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 2014(30 Jun - 31 Aug)
9am - 5.30pm
Autumn 2014 (1 Sep - 2 Nov)
9am - 5pm
Family £41 .50
Events at this venue
The Birthplace Lightshow
From Thu 27th Nov
Discover our new Lightshow for 2014!
Find out more