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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon

Anne Hathaway's Cottage situated in Shottery (about one mile from Stratford-upon-Avon) is the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife. It is believed that Shakespeare must have courted the young Anne here and as such this thatched cottage has a lot of romance associated with it.


This is the kind of cottage I would have loved to live in and was my favourite of all the Shakespeare's houses that we visited. The house was occupied by descendants of Anne Hathaway's family until 1892, when it was purchased by the Shakespeare's Trust. The cottage still houses many family items dating back to Anne's times including an oak bed and a chair which Shakespeare would have used when he visited Anne's house.


Only a certain number of visitors are allowed into the cottage at a time, so there may be a wait of 5-10 minutes at the entrance. But you can spend the time talking to the guides at the entrance. The guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. They explained to us about the history of the cottage, the life of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway and also how common phrases that we use today came about.


Apart from the house, there are beautiful gardens, orchards and grounds to explore. There is an arboretum, a woodland walk and also a lavender maze. When we went, the sweet peas were in full bloom in the garden and made for a lovely sight. There is also a small garden café that serves locally sourced home-made fare. About an hour will be sufficient to look around the house and the gardens.



The best way to get here would be to use the Hop-on-Hop-off bus service. If you plan to visit all 5 of Shakespeare's houses, then a good way to save money is by purchasing the 5 House ticket. You can check with the Visitor Information Centre for discounted tickets and other deals.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage | Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HH
Tel: 01789 204016

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