Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Shakespeare Centre

The Birth Room at Shakespeare's Birthplace
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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is an independent charity that cares for Shakespeare's heritage. It owns five Shakespeare Houses in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, all directly linked to Shakespeare. The Trust also cares for Harvard House.

The wider work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust extends to managing one of the largest Shakespeare libraries in the world and a large archive of local history. It also runs a department devoted to education in Shakespeare and Shakespeare's Works, both for the public and educational institutions, and provides a programme of activities to inform and entertain throughout the year.

Parts of the Designated Collections of national importance relating to Shakespeare’s life and times are at this venue.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Library Times
Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00
Sat 09.30-12.30

Call for buildings information

Closed: 23rd-26th December

Admission charges

Shakespeare Five House Ticket
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Hall's Croft, Mary Arden's Farm, Nash's House & New Place, Shakespeare's Birthplace

Ideal for a weekend!

Adult: £24.90
Child: £14.90
Concession: £22.90
Family: £65.00

Shakespeare Birthplace Ticket
Hall's Croft, Nash's House & New Place, Shakespeare's Birthplace

Ideal if you only have a few hours

Adult: £16.50
Child: £9.090
Concession: £15.50
Family: £43.00

All tickets valid for an entire year with unlimited entry.


  • National Art Pass
  • English Heritage
  • Museums Association

The Designated Collections of national importance relating to Shakespeare’s life and times are located at Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Royal Shakespeare Collection.

Please contact Shakespeare's Birthplace for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

This collection includes items concerned with the performance and study of his works from the 16th century to the present day. The collections comprise an outstandingly deep, rich and varied source for the study and enjoyment of all aspects of the life and works of one of the world’s most celebrated literary and historical figures. The collections relate not only to Shakespeare and his works, but also to literary context, local history and the continuing evolution of theatre and performance.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Medicine, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Shakespeare's Tavern

Shakespeare's Tavern

  • 1 February — 1 June 2016 *on now

Raise your glass and join us in our pop-up pub in Shakespeare’s Birthplace to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy! See the Swan and Maidenhead come back to life and meet our family of innkeepers, going about their daily lives running the tavern’s drinking parlour and lodging rooms. Discover Tudor tavern food and ale brewing techniques, there’s music and dancing too, participation essential!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults range from £9.90 – £24.90
Children range from £5.90 - £14.90 (under 3s go free!)
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) range from £26.00 - £65.00
Group and concession discounts are also available. Save 10% when you book online. Visitors can enjoy free unlimited entry for 12 months with all passes.


Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Shakespeare Centre
Henley Street
CV37 6QW




01789 204 016


01789 296 083

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.