New Place

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has postponed the re-opening of Shakespeare’s New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon for several weeks. 

Torrential rainfall in recent weeks has made it impossible for groundwork to be completed as planned, and this has in turn delayed installation of the new garden on the footprint of Shakespeare’s family home and also the extension to the exhibition centre.

Shakespeare’s New Place was due to open on 1st July. A revised opening date will be announced soon.

Dr Diana Owen, CEO of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said: “We had an ambitious timescale for this ground-breaking project to re-imagine Shakespeare’s New Place for the 21st century.  We have met many unexpected challenges along the way, but the record rainfall has slowed things down in the final phase. 

“We are naturally very disappointed that we are not able to re-open as scheduled. Everybody working on this extraordinary project is pulling out all the stops, to ensure that visitors will be able to experience this inspirational and enduring testament to Shakespeare’s legacy as soon as possible.”

Shakespeare’s New Place

When the new project does open, groups will be able to enjoy a retelling, rather than a rebuilding, of Shakespeare’s personal home which was demolished three centuries ago. The plot has been conserved as a garden in honour of Shakespeare ever since.

The transformation of the historic site will tell the story of Shakespeare, showcasing specially commissioned artworks as well as a major new exhibition which will be displayed in the Grade I Tudor Nash’s House, adjacent to Shakespeare’s New Place. 

Alongside bespoke tours and events, special rates are available for groups hoping to visit Shakespeare’s New Place when tickets are purchased in advance.

Parties of 15 or more will benefit from a 15 per cent discount when booking within 14 days of their visit, and can receive an additional ten per cent discount when booking and paying for a visit at least 14 days in advance.

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