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New Place & Nash's House
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New Place & Nash's House closed for conservation on 2 November 2014
Nash’s House is a Grade 1 listed building in need of essential conservation work, including structural repairs. It will therefore be closed from 3 November 2014. We are also working on a project that aims to re-imagine the site of Shakespeare's final home. Read more about our plans for New Place.
From 10 November, visitors will have the opportunity to visit Harvard House; a beautiful Elizabethan town house in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Visit Nash's House and the site of New Place
Visit the foundations of New Place, which was the second largest house in Stratford when it was bought by William Shakespeare in 1597. By this time, Shakespeare was an established playwright and it is believed that he wrote his later plays at New Place, including The Tempest.
It is also the place where Shakespeare eventually died in 1616.
New Place was demolished by the Reverend Francis Gastrell in 1759, however the foundations and gardens are beautifully preserved so that you can still explore the site of Shakespeare's later years as a successful member of Stratford's community.
Nash's House was named after Thomas Nash, the first husband of Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth. Today, it is a well preserved Tudor building, with the ground floor furnished as it would have been in Nash's day and with two fascinating exhibitions upstairs. Here you can learn about archaeological finds from the site and choose your favourite character from our top 10 heroes and villains.
Highlights at New Place & Nash's House
- Explore a well preserved Tudor house and traditional knot garden
- Get involved in hands on activities in the family marquee and Tudor games in the gardens (weekends and school holidays March - October)
- Learn about the finds from our three year archaeological dig, as featured on TV's Time Team and National Treasures Live.
Kids of all ages can explore even further in our Archaeology Tent, open in the Great Garden from 1-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday 2 November.
Hunt for hidden treasures in our outdoor digging pits and play a range of interactive games to date your finds, search for evidence of food eaten through the ages, take part in the 'Rot or Not' challenge and more!
Read more about the activities on offer in the Family Archaeology Marquee.
From 2010 - 2012 the site at New Place was excavated in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, in an attempt to discover more about the Shakespeare story. A selection of our discoveries are now on display in this special exhibition at Nash's House.
Discover the top 10 most popular Shakespearian characters as voted by the public, brought to life with fun illustrations and a selection of related items from our collections. This exhibition is a must see for all the family and not to be missed!
Tickets, directions and opening times
Save up to £29.50 on tickets with the Shakespeare Five House Pass; including entry to all 5 of Shakespeare’s family homes and Shakespeare’s final resting place at Holy Trinity Church.
Dogs are welcome in the gardens at New Place & Nash's House, provided they are accompanied and on a lead.
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Highlights at Nash's House & New Place
Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the Elizabethan Knot Garden.
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.
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