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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Centre
Tel : 01789 204016
This is where the Shakespeare story began.
As the house where William Shakespeare was born and grew up, Shakespeare's Birthplace has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. 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, 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.
Follow Shakespeare’s childhood and early married years through the very rooms he lived in.
Famous Beyond Words Exhibition
Your journey starts in the Shakespeare Centre. Explore how Shakespeare has been enjoyed and interpreted through the centuries.
Experience the home environment that shaped Shakespeare’s early life and explore his father’s glove-making workshop. Meet the locals in Shakespeare’s Tavern, open for business once again.
Catch our resident actors bringing Shakespeare’s works to life. Make a request, or even join in!
Opening Hours for 2017
Summer Season 20 March – 29 October - Monday to Sunday - Open 09:00 Last Entry 17:00
Winter Season 30 October –20 March 2017 - Monday to Sunday Open 10:00 Last Entry 16:00
Stratford-upon-Avon is geographically located in the historic heart of England. It is easy to reach from London, the Midlands and the North and is close to the M40, M42 and M6 motorway networks.
The town is a short drive from Junction 15 of the M40 and is well sign posted on all major routes from Coventry, Birmingham, Oxford, Banbury, Worcester and Evesham. Car parking within the town centre is plentiful.
By Public Transport
Nearest train station: Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust facilities include:
- First aid facilities
- In town/city centre
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Smoking not permitted
- Demonstrations given
- Guided tours available for groups
- Guided tours available for individuals
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Suitable for families
- American Express accepted
- Delta accepted
- Group discounts available (min group size)
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- Visa accepted
- Park and ride
- Approx length of visit
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Groups accepted
- Special group rates
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust accessibility includes:
- Audible alarm system
- Clear signage throughout attraction, eg colour contrast, large letters, pictograms
- Contrast markings on glass doors and full-height windows
- Drop-off point for guests immediately outside main entrance
- Flat route with no steps from parking area to entrance
- Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
- Level access, ramp or lift to gift shop
- Level access, ramp or lift to ticket issuing point
Contact - Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
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