Shakespeare's Birthplace

  • Shakespeares Birthplace
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Shakespeare Birthplace View from the garden
  • Shakespeare Birthplace View from the garden 2
  • The Birthroom at Shakespeare Birthplace
  • Shakespeares Birthplace
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Shakespeare Birthplace View from the garden
  • Shakespeare Birthplace View from the garden 2
  • The Birthroom at Shakespeare Birthplace


Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up

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.

For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, the house is a shrine. 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.


From January 2016, a new exhibition in the Shakespeare Centre focuses on Shakespeare’s circle of family and friends.  New material on display in the 'Famous Beyond Words' exhibition at the entrance to Shakespeare’s Birthplace will introduce visitors to the many faces of Stratford’s famous son – father, brother, husband, and grandfather.  In the Treasures Room a new exhibition explores his social network with friends, tenants, neighbours, drinking companions and business colleagues.

Useful Information


Henley Street is in the middle of Stratford town centre, and only a ten minute walk from Stratford-upon-Avon (town) train station.

Booking information 

Book online to save 10%

Or call Shakespeare’s Birthplace Ticket Desk on 01789 201822

Town Houses Pass (includes entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Hall’s Croft, and New Place)

2016 prices:

Adult £17.50

Child £11.50 (5-17 in full time education) Under 3's go FREE

Concession £16.50 (60+ and students in full time education)

Family £46.50 (2+4)

Carer FREE

Opening Times

14 March – 26 June 2016             9am – 5pm

27 June – 28 August 2016            9am – 5.30pm


Plan Your Visit for information on the houses ticket pass and prices for the individual Shakespeare Family Homes. 



Dogs are welcome in the gardens at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, provided they are accompanied and on a lead.


Facilities include...

We welcome all visitors; guests from abroad, young and old and those with disabilities, their carers and assistance dogs. Our staff will be happy to help in any way possible and you are welcome to contact the individual houses before visiting should you need any further information.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Car and cycle parks are in close proximity including Windsor Street, with Blue Badge spaces at the top of Henley Street and in our coach park if booked in advance.

Visitors' Centre

Access to the Birthplace Visitor Centre is via a pedestrianised shopping street. The ground floor offers level access with a lower level ticket desk and hearing loop. There is also a wheelchair-accessible toilet as well as visitor toilets and baby-changing facilities. After the reception area there is a short introductory audio visual tour with some seating and space for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Note: There is low level lighting. Foreign language (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin) Braille and large print guides are available. 


There are mostly level footpaths with some bench seating and a small pushchair parking area. An accessible toilet, visitor toilets and baby-changing facilities are located to the rear ofthe gardens. A courtesy wheelchair is available.

Shakespeare's Birthplace/house

The entrance has level access from the gardens. It is not possible to provide access to the first floor for wheelchair users. However there is a virtual reality tour of the area with a touch screen giving visitors a choice of a guided or self-navigating 3D tour. Note: Owing to the age of the building, the floor is uneven in places with narrow doorframes and we are unable to accommodate some electric or wide-wheeled chairs.

Shakespeare gift and book shop

Access is via a level path and turnstile/gate from the gardens or Henley Street.


A sneak peek at what you can expect to find on a visit to Shakespeare's family homes.