Take time to explore Shakespeare’s childhood world, right where it all began. Explore Shakespeare’s childhood world where he was born and grew up. Hear tales of his life from our costumed guides. Find out all about his father’s job as a glove-maker, right down to the smells in his workshop. Discover Shakespeare’s influence through the centuries and inspiration around the world in our multimedia exhibition Famous Beyond Words including a copy of the First Folio, on display in pride of place. Look out for costumed actors in the garden, bringing Shakespeare’s works to life with speech and song - you can even join in!
What makes it special
- Explore Shakespeare’s childhood home, right where it all began
- Our Shakespeare Aloud! Actors perform in the gardens
- Learn about his life and legacy in the ‘Famous Beyond Words’ exhibition
Open Monday to Sunday all year round. Opening hours vary by season so please check our website for the most up to date information: www.shakespeare.org.uk
Other things to do nearby
Visit the centuries-old family home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife, where new love bloomed. Savour the rural beauty of the place where Shakespeare’s wife grew up and lived for many years.
On his mother’s Tudor farm, experience the country life Shakespeare and Mary Arden herself would have known.
Stride out on foot to discover this beautiful, vibrant town.
Be inspired at the site that was Shakespeare’s family home for 19 years, and uncover the fascinating story of the house that is no longer there.
The splendid 12th land and 16th century house and gardens include a formal parterre, woodland walk and parkland inspired by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century. Visit the National Trust website
Admire stunning period interiors in the house built for the next generation: Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, physician John Hall.
London Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserve, it hosts pond-dipping and nature-watching sessions for children and its wood-cabin visitor centre is used by the Wildlife Watch Club (re-opens 2020)
The iconic guideframe of Gasholder No 8 frames the new park at King's Cross.
Still waiting for your Hogwarts letter? Don’t worry, you can experience the next best thing at King’s Cross station.