Shakespeare's Birthplace

William Shakespeare was born in this house and lived here until he was old enough to marry and spend the first five years of family life here 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.
Discover the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world. Find out more.

What on Earth? Giant Wallbook of Shakespeare

Come and see our giant wallbook on display in the garden at Shakespeare's Birthplace. See 38 of his plays unfold before your eyes on a timeline that stretches over 9 metres!


Watch Shakespeare's plays being brought to life by our very own troupe of professional actors, Shakespeare Aloud! You can see live performances every day, so join in with the actors and request an excerpt from your favourite play.

Visit our Shakespeare's Stratford Friends Exhibition, showcasing a selection of objects, books and documents exploring his relationships and social life in Stratford-upon-Avon. The display of items is curated regularly, so there's always something new to discover!
Shakespeare's Birthplace is situated on Henley Street in the town centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens at Shakespeare's Birthplace, provided they are accompanied and on a lead.

The Shakespeare Centre,
Henley St,
CV37 6QW
Tel: 01789 204016


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