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Stratford Upon Avon and Shakespeare's Houses

Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town with more than 800 years of history, and was the birthplace of William Shakespeare in 1564. It contains many historical buildings and is also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure, accommodation and shopping experiences. Holy Trinity Church on the banks of the river is Shakespeare's final resting place, where he is buried alongside his wife.

You could take a boat ride along the River Avon and enjoy the scenery as you pass the world renowned, newly renovated Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre where you can enjoy a play and a back stage tour. Admission fees are also included to all of Shakespeare's houses.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace stands on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. His father, John lived and worked in this house for fifty years. When he married Mary Arden, she came to live with him and they had a total of eight children, including William. The house has now been restored back to how it would have looked in Shakespeare's time.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare’s wife-to-be was born and raised here and it is where the young Shakespeare would have visited her during the early part of their relationship. Built more than 500 years ago and extended over the years, much of the original survives. See original furniture including the Hathaway bed and uncover five centuries of stories of the family who lived here for 13 generations.

Mary Arden's Farm

This magnificent thatched and timber-framed Tudor farmstead was the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden. Built by Mary’s father, Robert Arden around 1514, the house has been significantly altered over time. Today, visitors can discover how the house was built and imagine what life must have been like for Mary when she lived here with her seven sisters.