Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Sights

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Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage Review

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 Victorian style with herbs and flowers. A stoll through the adjacent orchard takes you to willow cabins where you can listen to sonnets, view sculptures with Shakespearean themes, and try a yew and a heart-shaped lavender maze. 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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  • Address: Cottage La., Shottery, CV37 9HH | Map It
  • Phone: 01789/295517
  • Cost: £9; £22.50 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
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., daily 9–5; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–4; last admission 30 mins before closing
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  • Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
Updated: 03-10-2014

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