Ann Hathaways Cottage and Gardens
The most romantic of Shakespeare houses. Follow young Shakespeare’s footsteps to the cottage where he courted his future bride
Our experienced guides will conduct you through the 600-year old cottage, which still has some original family furniture, including the finely carved oak Hathaway four-poster bed and the courting settle in the parlour. Learn about Tudor life as well as more about Shakespeare himself.
Explore nine acres of beautiful English country cottage gardens and heritage orchards, including Shakespeare’s tree garden, planted with most of the trees named in his plays. Take a stroll along the woodland walk, pause to listen to Shakespearian verse in the sonnet arbour or use your detective skills to follow the sculpture trail
Enjoy a delightful English afternoon tea in the beautiful Cottage Garden Cafe or bring along a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.
Look out for a wide range of activities and events for families on selected weekends throughout the year and during school holidays from the ever popular Family Activity Marquee to the Big Picnic to outdoor theatre performances. There is something for everyone to be found at Ann Hathaway's Cottage.
“This place is so lovely, the gardens are beautiful and the guides very knowledgeable.”
“Lovely way to spend our honeymoon!”
Did you know?
• The cottage was part of Hewlands Farm, where Anne’s father Richard Hathaway tended to sheep, cattle and crops on the 90 acre plot
• 20 tons of hazel sticks form the beautiful thatched roof of the cottage