To celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has transformed New Place, the site of the only home he ever bought to create a major new heritage landmark where you can let your imagination soar as Shakespeare's did, in the very place where he lived for 19 years.
You will be invited to walk in Shakespeare's footsteps through a new threshold on the site of his gatehouse, trace the footprint of his family home in a contemporary landscape setting and discover the story of the world famous playwright at the height of his success as a writer, family man and prominent citizen of his home town. Commissioned artworks and displays throughout the site will evoke a sense of family life and the major works written during Shakespeare's ownership of New Place. A new exhibition centre will feature rare and important artefacts relating to Shakespeare's life at New Place, many of them on display for the first time.
Overall, Shakespeare's New Place will become one of Stratford's most enduring heritage landmarks - a true interpretation of the life and times of the world's most famous playwright.
Did you know?
'€¢ New Place, bought by William Shakespeare in 1597 was at the time considered to be the largest house in Stratford town centre, a testament to his wealth and standing
'€¢ It was demolished in 1759 by an angry clergyman, Rev. Francis Gastrell eager to avoid paying council tax
'€¢ Henry VIII's surgeon once lived at New Place, long before Shakespeare