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Shakespeare's Birthplace

Visit the childhood home of one of the world’s most celebrated playwrights, and enjoy live and impromptu theatrical performances.

At Shakespeare’s Birthplace you can walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare, learn about his work and see his characters come to life. This half-timbered house and museum dates to the 16th century and was a residence of descendants of the Shakespeare family until the mid-1800s. The museum sits in Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town around 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Birmingham.

Temporary and permanent exhibits at the museum showcase different aspects of Shakespeare’s life history, from his childhood in Stratford-upon-Avon to his days living in London. Hands-on displays and original artifacts explore his inspirations. Check out the First Folio, published in 1623. It’s the first printed book that contains 36 of Shakespeare’s plays.

Find more relics in the Shakespeare's Treasures exhibition, including a copy of The Cobbe Portrait. It is considered the only painting of Shakespeare captured from real life. Don’t miss a letter written to Shakespeare by his close friend Richard Quiney in 1598, a gold ring with the initials “WS,” and a late-16th-century medicine chest.  

Visit the Glover’s workshop, which is a recreation of the glove-making workshop of Shakespeare’s father John Shakespeare. From here, enter the gardens of the house and museum. Watch as actors from the Shakespeare Aloud! group perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. There are performances daily. Check the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website for details.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace is located in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, a 45-minute drive from Birmingham’s city center. Pay-and-display parking is available nearby. A direct train runs from Birmingham’s central Moor Street and Snow Hill stations to Stratford-upon-Avon station. The museum is a 10-minute walk from the train station.

The museum is open every day of the year, except on selected public holidays. Free talks about the life and work of Shakespeare take place in the café. Find full details of opening hours and talks online.


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The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon $69
The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of American Fountain and Birthplace Museum. Stratford-upon-Avon College and Guild Chapel are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 5 minutes by foot.

    Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon $64
    Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon

    Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon

    Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Stratford-upon-Avon, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shakespeare Monument, Guild Chapel, and Stratford Butterfly Farm. Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel $56
      Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel

      Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel

      Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre, this hotel is steps from Nash's House and New Place. Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        The Arden Hotel $145
        The Arden Hotel

        The Arden Hotel

        44 Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre, this hotel is steps from Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Swan Theatre, and Shakespeare Monument. Holy Trinity Church and Stratford-upon-Avon College are also within 15 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon $81
          Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon

          Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon

          4 CHAPEL STREET, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre, this hotel is steps from Nash's House and New Place. Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 12 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon $72
            Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon

            Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon

            7-8 Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of American Fountain, Birthplace Museum, and New Place. Nash's House and Guild Chapel are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 8 minutes by foot.

              The White Swan Hotel $86
              The White Swan Hotel

              The White Swan Hotel

              Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre, this hotel is steps from American Fountain and Birthplace Museum. Guild Chapel and New Place are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 7 minutes by foot.

                The Swans Nest Hotel $59
                The Swans Nest Hotel

                The Swans Nest Hotel

                Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Shakespeare Monument and Stratford Butterfly Farm. Guild Chapel and Swan Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 16 minutes by foot.