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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

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  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

The most picturesque of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties, this thatched cottage on the western outskirts of Stratford is the family home of the woman Shakespeare married in 1582. The "cottage," actually a substantial Tudor farmhouse with latticed windows, is astonishingly beautiful. Inside it is surprisingly cozy with lots of period furniture, including the settle where Shakespeare reputedly conducted his courtship, and a rare carved Elizabethan bed. The cottage garden is planted in lush Edwardian style with herbs and flowers. Wildflowers are currently being grown in the adjacent orchard (a nod to what was grown in the garden in the Hathaways’ time), and the neighboring 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 25–30 minutes.

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Cottage La., Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9HH, England

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Sight Details:

  • £11.25; Full Story ticket £20.25, includes entry to Hall's Croft, Mary Arden's Farm, Shakespeare’s New Place, and Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Published 08/20/2030


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