Anne Hathaway’s Cottage can be found in a quaint village named Shottery, just one mile from Stratford-Upon-Avon. Its close proximity to central locations and hotels make this attraction readily accessible to all via the well-signposted pathways and is not one to be missed.
The cottage is the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife and has been welcoming visitors for generations. It had been passed down the Hathaway family from Anne’s father until the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust acquired it in 1892. As a result of this, many artefacts and original furnishings from Anne’s time are maintained and presented here. The most famous of all being the intricately hand carved, oak Hathaway bed.
Far-reaching gardens and a traditional orchard provide a tranquil ambience around the cottage. Marvel at the habitual floral arrangements, herbs and vegetables whilst meandering through the Woodland Walk. The gardens also make the perfect environment for a picnic. Others may prefer the Garden Café, which is always at hand to provide guests with refreshments and light meals.
The newly opened Say It With Flowers exhibition explores the cultural significance of flowers during the Elizabethan period, detailing their prevalence as an aid to communicating messages of affection and love. These themes are also examined in terms of the connotations behind them when utilised in Shakespeare’s works.
A virtual reality tour is available for visitors with restricted mobility. Guided tours are also available, though visitors are free to explore on their own if they prefer. The cottage is open year round, with admission costing just £8.50 for adults and £5 for children.
Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9HH