Historic Building Gardens Heritage

Entry Ticket to Shakespeare's Birthplace

Available to 30 December 2023

Book now from £18.00 per adult

Fun for all the family at Shakespeare's Birthplace 

Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life and get up close to objects from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary playwright continues to shape our lives today.  

With fun for all the family, get stuck in and solve puzzles, embark on treasure hunts and test your Shakespeare knowledge in some fabulous quizzes. 

Walk in the childhood footsteps of young Shakespeare and explore the home he was born in, as well as explore the gorgeous gardens.

Be sure to check out the 'Famous Beyond Words' exhibition - we hear it's ideal for setting the scene for your visit.

A brief history of life at Shakespeare's Birthplace

Did you know he was the third of eight children? When William was four his father became Mayor of Stratford which meant he was privileged enough to go to the local grammar school - thank you Mr Mayor!

In 1582, at the age of 18, William married Anne Hathaway. The young couple continued to live with his parents in the Birthplace. It's where their own children, Susanna, Judith and Hamnet were born.

Stratford & Cotswold Villages Tour from London,
38 Warwick Rd,
Earl's Court,
CV37 6QW
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They welcome assistance dogs at all sites.

There are car parks in close proximity to the entrance to the Shakespeare Centre, including Windsor Street. The nearest Blue Badge spaces are at the top of Henley Street near the statue.

There are stairs to access the upper floor of Shakespeare's Birthplace. 

Reception and Visitor Centre

Access to the Shakespeare Centre is via a shopping street that is pedestrianised. The ground floor offers level access and there is an ambulant toilet and toilets with baby-changing facilities. After the reception area is an exhibition space with low-level lighting. Throughout the visit there are QR code points, which link to a video containing extra information about the site. These videos have subtitles.


In the garden there is level access to enter the house via one pathway. This route will be facilitated by a member of the Birthplace team. An accessible toilet with baby-changing facilities is located to the rear of the gardens and can be reached before or after the visit to the house.

Shakespeare's Birthplace/House

There is level access to the House from the gardens. The ground floor and connecting rooms are narrow, with smaller doorways which might be wide enough for a wheelchair. Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters will not be suitable but there are wheelchairs available to borrow to look around the House. A designated area is available where mobility equipment can be left while visiting the Birthplace. The change into one of our wheelchairs, and its use, must be facilitated by a member of your bubble. If you are unable to get upstairs there is a video of the first floor which will be provided by a member of the Birthplace team on request. This does not currently have subtitles. All stairs have partial handrails. Owing to the age of the building, all the floors are uneven in places with areas of low light levels.

Shakespeare Gift and Book Shop

Access is via a level path and an automatic door from the gardens or a small step up from Henley Street.

There is space to move around the displays but it can be busy so please do ask for assistance. 

The counter nearest to Henley Street has a lower level.

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