Shakespeare's Family Homes

Warwickshire, CV37 6QW

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Shakespeare’s Family Homes comprises of five properties in and around Stratford-upon-Avon that map the author's journey from birth to death.

Each of the houses has its own distinctive character, from Mary Arden's Farm – the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother – where costumed actors demonstrate the work of Tudor farmhands, to the lavish Hall's Croft, where the writer’s daughter Susanna lived with and her wealthy physician husband, Dr John Hall.

Shakespeare's Birthplace is dedicated to the writer himself; while Anne Hathaway's Cottage boasts original family furniture and a sculpture trail in the gardens.

New Place, the home in which Shakespeare died in 1616, reopened in 2016 to mark the 400 year anniversary. There is now an exhibition centre displaying rare artefacts relating to Shakespeare’s 19 years at New Place – many shown for the first time – and a series of specially commissioned sculptures that were inspired by his life and work. The sunken Knot Garden, has also been restored in keeping with the original design by Ernest Law.

Together, these houses and their collections offer insights into the life and times of the elusive author, combining elements of Elizabethan history and artefacts with the restored interiors associated with Shakespeare himself.

Art we’ve helped buy at Shakespeare's Family Homes

William Shakespeare Between Tragedy and Comedy by Richard Westall is on display in Shakespeare's Birthplace. Painted in 1825 in the Neoclassical style, it portrays the playwright at the centre of a dynamic struggle between the black-clad severity of Tragedy and the softer appeal of Comedy.

A late-16th-century medical box, also at Shakespeare's Birthplace, reflects the craftsmanship of the period. The lid and sides are patterned in parquetry, and the silk braid hinges are still intact.

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