The half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 is Stratford’s most cherished historic place. It is the most frequently visited of all the tourist places. Descendants of the dramatist lived there until the nineteenth century, and it has been a place of pilgrimage for over 250 years.
Open daily, tours start in The Birthplace which contains an acclaimed exhibition of the poet’s life, William Shakespeare: His Life and Background.
Visitors can then carry on through the house, which is furnished in period style with many historic manuscripts and books.
Finally the tour ends outside in the celebration garden.