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2nd visit - wonderful - especially the actors reciting Shakeapeare on demand!
These multiple site tickets really are amazingly good value by any standard, but I can honestly say that I've never visited any historical site that has been so well-staffed with knowledgeable and engaging custodians who clearly loved their jobs and their subjects as the three Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties I saw are. They made such a difference, turning what could be a disengaged viewing of historical artefacts into an interactive experience, particularly at Mary Arden's farm where there were also everyday Tudor activities going on at every turn, carried out by staff in character.
Being the end of the summer, I suspect the houses weren't as busy as they could be but, nevertheless, I still have to commend the organisation which was so good that one barely noticed oneself being 'managed' :- Everything flowed very well. When wandering around I always felt that there was someone available to answer questions, when they weren't preempting them by pro-actively talking to small groups about the particular space we were in.
I enjoy immersing myself in history and this day of visiting several properties associated with Shakespeare, combined with the hop on/hop off bus loop which made getting around a breeze, was one of the best I've had. I did this one on my own but I would happily do it again and take my grandchildren, in the knowledge that they would be as engaged as I was and also knowing that I could let them loose at the farm for some play as well!
Fabulous. Do it now!
We saw Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shakespeare's family home and Mary Arden's Farm. We enjoyed all three.
Really liked the idea of visiting 3 houses in one day and as long as you start early, 9am for us, you can fit in the 3 houses without feeling rushed and having time to enjoy the gardens with a nice hot drink.
Everyone was very helpful in the houses and clearly knew a lot about them, but what was really nice was the staff really seemed to be enjoying their job.
We did Shakespeare's house, Mary Ardens farm and Anne Hathaway's home, three different houses with different things of interest. This choice of 3 really suited us.
Really interesting to see how people lived over 400 years ago. The guides in each house were knowledgeable, interesting and friendly. Well worth the price!
Viator always provides amazing experiences. We love going through Shakespeare's birthplace! We spent so much time in this birthplace that we ran out of time to see the other two houses. I know they are also exciting! We love Viator!!
Good value for money
A great day to explore Shakespeare's home and the history surrounding the town.
An added bonus for us was the actors performing exerts of Shakespeare's works in the garden of his home
Beautiful places. A trip to the past
Anne Hathaway's cottage was beautiful, the bookshop had some very good Shakespeare books useful for my daughters English classes. We followed the houses in date order so we could see the development over time. It was good to see the three houses in one day.
great value , fantastic to see
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