Fodor's Expert Review Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Stratford-upon-Avon Fodor's Choice

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 seat 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... READ MORE

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 seat 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

01789-295517

www.shakespeare.org.uk

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £10.25; Five House Pass £26.25, includes Hall\'s Croft, Mary Arden\'s Farm, New Place and Nash\'s House, Shakespeare\'s Birthplace, and Shakespeare\'s Grave, £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, £13; Full Story ticket £23, includes entry to Hall\'s Croft, Mary Arden\'s Farm, Shakespeare’s New Place, and Shakespeare’s Birthplace

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