Shakespeare’s mother, Mary, owned Mary Arden’s House. It is located in the village of Wilmcote, approximately three miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. The house was a fully functioning farmhouse until the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust purchased it in the 1930’s.
Visitors will experience life in the 1570’s first hand, observing the daily routine and skills required to run a farmhouse in this time period. If you enjoy a more hands on approach, guides are at hand to teach you traditional tasks such as basket weaving, bread making and threshing.
Rare breeds of sheep, cattle and pigs wander the grounds of the farm whilst the circular Woodpecker Nature Trail offers visitors the chance to amble through the picturesque countryside. More fortunate visitors may even catch a glimpse of the local wildlife, with deer, woodpeckers and rabbits all occasionally sighted.
There is always something new to experience at Mary Arden’s House no matter what time of year you visit. The ethos of a genuine, working Tudor farm is maintained as exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops all change with the seasons.
Tudor archery is the newest attraction at Mary Arden’s Farm. Every weekend and selected school holiday dates, mercenary longbowmen will provide specialist tuition and allow visitors to take part in this reminiscent art.
Falconry was often depicted in Shakespeare’s plays, as it was a popular pastime. This is demonstrated excellently here, with rare birds of prey including a hooded vulture on display. Younger visitors of Mary Arden’s farm will particularly enjoy the adventure playground and its willow tunnels. Picnic areas and seating are offered nearby, with Mary Arden’s Kitchen providing homemade snacks, nibbles and refreshments.
The Green, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9XJ