Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

Love and marriage

Interior of Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage garden

 Discover where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway at her picturesque family home.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a thatched farmhouse containing many original items of family furniture, including the Hathaway Bed. It is nestled within stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs.

The cottage is in the hamlet of Shottery, which is just over one mile from the town centre and can be accessed via a pleasant, well sign-posted footpath.

Highlights at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

Seek out our remarkable giant willow creations around the cottage gardens.

Discover our Say it with Flowers exhibition, exploring the symbolism of flowers during the Elizabethan period.

Relax in our Cottage Garden Cafe, offering a range of hot and cold meals and refreshments (open from 10am).

Children's Activities

Be sure to look out for the latest puzzles, quizzes and trails to help bring your visit to life!

January - March 2015:

Young Anne’s Tudor Gifts. There are lots of presents in Shakespeare’s play ‘The Winter’s Tale’. Decipher the riddles or follow our I-spy guide to find the gifts hidden around the cottage.


During the spring and summer:

Explore our butterfly trail, with specially created conservation borders designed to attract a broad variety of butterflies. Stroll along our beautiful sweet pea trail, at its best in the height of summer, and enjoy a riot of colour and scent. 


See a map of the cottage gardens.

Want to see more? Take an online tour of the parlour and the bedrooms at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.



Tickets, location and opening times

Save on tickets with the Shakespeare Five House Pass; including entry to all of Shakespeare’s family homes and Shakespeare’s final resting place at Holy Trinity Church.  

Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens can be reached via a pleasant 1.3 mile walk from the town centre. The postcode reference for sat nav is CV37 9HH.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens at Anne Hathaway's Cottage, provided they are accompanied and on a lead.


22 Cottage Lane,
CV37 9HH
Tel: 01789 292100


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Find out what our visitors have to say about us and leave a review of your own experience at Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens:

You can also find the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's statement regarding the Shottery development here.

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  • Enjoy events and activities with garden trails and woodland walks this year at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

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 Anne Hathaway's cottage gardens

Highlights at Anne Hathaway's Cottage


Enjoy the peace and tranquility of beautiful cottage gardens and traditional orchards cared for by our award winning gardening team. 

What do people think?

If you have visited any of the Shakespeare Houses & Gardens, attended a literary event or participated in one of our courses we would love to know what you think. 

Do let us know and feel free to send us any pictures from your visit.

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  • Visit on 25th February

    Following a visit to four of the properties (Mary Arden's farm was still closed) on Friday 25th February by our family…

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