Visit Shakespeare's family home
Shakespeare’s New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon was his family home from 1597 until he died in the house in 1616. When Shakespeare bought New Place he was an established playwright and it is believed that he wrote his later plays there, including The Tempest. The house was demolished in 1759.
Explore New Place for yourself...
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust now looks after New Place, and their team have created a beautiful new garden to commemorate the importance of the site and allow visitors to make their own personal connection with Shakespeare.
From July 2016, you can follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps through a new entrance on the site of the original gatehouse and enjoy a contemporary landscape that reveals the footprint of the Shakespeare family home. The re-imagined site gives an impression of the scale of New Place and its relationship to the surrounding buildings; such as the neighbouring King Edward VI School and Guild Chapel that were once attended by a young Shakespeare.
Beautiful new artworks and information displays throughout the site will provide a sense of family life and hint at Shakespeare’s major works that were written during the 19 years he owned New Place. The sunken Knot Garden is being restored in keeping with the original design by Ernest Law.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
As well as New Place, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust also looks after four other properties linked to William Shakespeare in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.
At Shakespeare's Birthplace, you can explore the house where he was born and grew up; enjoy tales of Shakespeare’s family life and watch amazing live theatre performances.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery near Stratford is a beautiful thatched cottage where Shakespeare spent time getting to know his bride-to-be. The picturesque cottage is over 500 years old!
Visit Hall's Croft to peek inside the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, Dr John Hall. Wander into the tranquil walled garden and discover the fragrant medicinal herbs, which Dr Hall would have used in his remedies.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm on a fantastic family day out at Mary Arden’s Farm. Meet the Tudors who run the farm just as Shakespeare’s mother would have done, watch craft and falconry demonstrations, and explore the farmyard.
Thanks to our friends at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust we had an amazing prize to give away!
Nadya Padilla won a family ticket to all five of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's properties!
We hope you have fun on your visits, Nadya!! CONGRATULATIONS.
If you are a member of a local YAC club, you can get 30% off the entry price to all of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties with your YAC Pass card. See the Places to go section of the website for more information.