Mary Arden's Farm

Mother and folklore

Mary Arden's Farm

Rare breed animals at Mary Arden's Farm

Palmer's Farm

Mary Arden's House

Mary Arden's Farm is open from March - November

Step back in time for all the sights, smells and sounds of a real Tudor farm and explore the house where Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, grew up.

Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm

Experience for yourself the daily routine, skills and crafts that the young William would have known from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s. Watch the farmer's wife prepare and cook her home-grown food in the farmhouse kitchen and learn about Tudor table manners as the household prepares for meal time.

Help with tasks like skep-making and basket-weaving and 'earn your keep' at Palmer's Farm with traditional chores such as threshing, bread-making, gardening and animal-tending.   

  • Discover our exhibition celebrating 500 Years at Mary Arden's Farm
  • Try your hand at have-a-go archery (school and bank holidays)
  • Watch our daily falconry displays
  • See our rare breed animals
  • Explore our nature trails, discovering abundant wildlife including woodpeckers and rabbits along the way
  • Enjoy refreshments and light meals, served all day in the cafe
  • Kids under 10 can enjoy our timber framed adventure playground

Mary Arden's Farm is a working farm, open from March - November. With a full calendar of seasonal activities and Tudor events, there are lots of reasons to visit time and time again to make the most of your 12 month pass. Look out for the daily activity boards during your visit.

See a map of the farm.



Keep up with the latest

Visit our very own Mary Arden's Farm blog or follow us on facebook to keep with all of the latest news and events from down on the farm.


Tickets, directions and opening times

If you are visiting the area between March and November then a Shakespeare Five House Pass (which now includes a visit to Shakespeare's grave) offers great value for money.  You save between £7.00 - £29.50 compared to a Shakespeare Birthplace Pass and get entry to Mary Arden’s Farm and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens.

Mary Arden's Farm is located in Wilmcote, just 3.5 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, and a short walk from Wilmcote train station. The postcode reference for sat nav is CV37 9UN.

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Tudor rural life

Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm

Experience Tudor farm life as it would have been in Shakespeare's day and look out for rural events throughout the year.

Rare breed goats

Highlights at Mary Arden's Farm


Feed the rare breed animals on the farm.


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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