Shakespeare's Hall's Croft
House where Shakespeare's eldest daughter lived.
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Hall's Croft is in the Old Town of Stratford Upon Avon. The building is just around the corner from Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried and going the other way is just around the corner from New Place, Shakespeare's home before he died.
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Hall's Croft History
Halls' Croft is where Shakespeare's eldest daughter (Susanna), lived with her medical husband, Dr Hall.
Built in 1613 it is an impressive piece of architecture reflecting the Hall's comparative wealth and status, the displays inside the house also reflect this.
Hall's Croft had a vibrant and chequered history after Susanna and her family left for New Place, even serving as a school in the mid 19th century. For decades there have been reports of unexplained happenings and sightings at Hall's Croft, which leads some to believe that this is a haunted property!
Hall's Croft What You Will See
Very few tours come to Hall's Croft.
You will explore the house and gardens and there is an exhibition about Dr Hall and the medicine of his time.
In the building, on display are outstanding sixteenth and seventeenth-century furniture and paintings.
In the garden, beautiful roses and herbaceous borders line a path leading to a sundial and arbour. An ancient mulberry tree stands proud in the centre of the lawn and there is a formal herbal bed, containing many of the herbs mentioned by John Hall in his medical notes.
Cream teas are available in the cafe.
Hall's Croft Times, Prices & Location
Hall's Croft is within the town of Stratford itself just around the corner from Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried and going the other way is just around the corner from New Place, Shakespeare's home before he died.
The Stratford Upon Avon Hop on Hop Off Bus (see bottom of page) stops outside.
Hall's Croft is open daily except Christmas and Boxing Day. You can purchase tickets individually or if you are viewing more than one Shakespeare property there are money saving tickets covering multiple properties.
Opening times are seasonal, so for current opening hours and prices click through on the link at the top of the page to the official web site. If you are Visiting Stratford independently, you can buy a combination ticket that combines the Stratford Hop On Hop Off sightseeing bus that shuttles around all the Shakespeare properties with admission tickets to the properties themselves from the bus.
Shakespeare's Stratford Upon Avon Properties & Attractions
There are five houses in or near Stratford-upon-Avon connected with William Shakespeare and his family. There is also Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) that perform plays.
The Shakespearean properties offer a unique experience of the Stratford world in which the famous dramatist and poet was born, lived and died.
Open all year round, these sixteenth-century houses feature rare period furnishings and domestic items. Aspects of Tudor life, are on display, all set in attractive gardens and grounds.
You can buy a single ticket giving access to all properties.
The Stratford Upon Avon hop on hop off bus connects them all and offers combo tickets combining the bus service with admission to either 3 or 5 of the Shakespeare properties.
The five properties are:
Shakespeare's Birthplace - Where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and grew up. Exhibition centre.
New Place / Nash's House - Shakespeare's home from 1597 until his death in 1616.
Hall's Croft - Where Shakespeare's eldest daughter (Susanna) lived.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Before marrying William Shakespeare in 1582, Anne Hathaway lived here.
Mary Arden's House - The house that Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, grew up in.
Stratford Upon Avon Hop on Hop Off Bus
|Stratford Upon Avon Hop on Hop Off Bus|
Like so many towns and cities with a lot of visitors, a hop on, hop off open top sightseeing bus operates in Stratford.
At Stratford its particularly useful as a couple of Shakespeare attractions, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's House are well outside walking distance from the town centre.
The bus has ticketing options which includes admissions to the Shakespeare properties. The main starting point of the buses is by the bridge next to the main Tourist Information Centre. For independent visitors there is also a stop very close to the train station.
Frequencies are broadly every 30 minutes with increased frequencies, every 15/20 minutes at the peak times in summer and weekends. During the summer months live guides are available, at other times audio guides are provided (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, German and Kid's Commentary)
There are 12 stops including all 5 Shakespeare properties, Holy Trinity Church and the RSC theatres.
You can also purchase a ticket that combines the Ho Ho service with a river cruise on the River Avon.