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Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Sights

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

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  • Shottery
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Updated 05/29/2014

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The most picturesque of the Shakespeare Trust properties, on the western outskirts of Stratford, was the family home of the woman Shakespeare married in 1582. The "cottage," actually a substantial Tudor farmhouse, has latticed windows and a grand thatch roof. Inside is period furniture, including the settle where Shakespeare reputedly conducted his courtship, and a rare carved Elizabethan bed; outside is a garden planted in lush Edwardian style with herbs and flowers.

A stoll through the adjacent orchard takes you to willow cabins where you can listen to sonnets and view sculptures with Shakespearean themes, while the nearby arboretum has trees, shrubs, and roses mentioned in Shakespeare's works. The best way to get here is on foot, especially in late spring when the apple trees are in blossom. The signed path runs from Evesham Place (an extension of Grove Road) opposite Chestnut Walk. Pick up a leaflet with a map from the tourist office; the walk takes a good half hour.

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Cottage La., Shottery, CV37 9HH, England

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Sight Details:

  • £9.50; £23.90 with the Five House Pass which includes Hall's Croft, Mary Arden's Farm, Nash's House & New Place, Shakespeare's Birthplace, and Shakespeare's Grave
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 9–5; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–4; last admission 30 mins before closing

Updated 05/29/2014


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Mar 7, 2004

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The cottage is by far the most intriguing home in all of the UK, great gardens and a sense of wonderment rests there. A step back in time. Grace and romanticism abound!

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