Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 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.
Shakespeare's Birthplace
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.
Shakespeare Aloud!
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

Where

Travel by road

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