A Visit to Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Garden
One mile away from from the birthplace of William Shakespeare, his wife, Anne Hathaway's cottage is another great place to visit.
Anne Hathaway was the wife of William Shakespeare. They got married in November of 1582 and they had three children. Soon after, their first daughter Susanna was born. Twins, Hamnet and Judith soon followed in 1585. Hamnet died aged 11; four years later Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, a play that may have drawn on his own grief at losing his only son.
The cottage is located in the small village of
Shottery on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon.
It is believed that William Shakespeare walked from his place
and courted Anne Hathaway in Shottery.
The price of the ticket is also very similar to the birthplace of William Shakespeare - around £15 to £20. It is advisable to get the multiple pass which will save you some (£)pounds in the end. Link: http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit-the-houses/anne-hathaways-cottage-amp-gardens.html
The cottage itself was very beautiful and interesting. Inside the house, you still find many original furniture items and memorabilia.
It was pity that taking pictures inside the cottage is prohibited owing to the belief that a theft took place after the criminals used photographs of the interior to identify valuable items.
After our guided tour inside the house which lasted for around 30 minutes, we went out of the cottage and walked around their beautiful garden.
I was amazed with the beautiful flowers I've seen in the garden. It's something you don't see in the Philippines. The nice scent of the flowers surrounds the entire place. It really was a beautiful garden!
Cool weather cooperated and we really enjoyed our
walk in this picturesque garden.
Picnics are also allowed inside the garden.
This is Anne Hathaways' Cottage
This was used to scare the birds and to stop them attacking their crops. It is made of a potato hanging on a string and surrounded with feathers and as the wind blows, it spins. How clever!
Here are some of the beautiful poppies found in their garden. This was also my first time to see and touch a poppy.
I wish we had a roses like these surrounding our house.
Inside the garden you will find 'willow cabin'. Tourists can sit inside and push a button and listen to a recording of a famous actor reading a Shakespeare Sonnet.
The trip to Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Garden really was a great add-on to complete your trip in Stratford-upon-Avon.
I've really learned a lot from this trip and really made me appreciate William Shakespeare and
Anne Hathaway even more.
One half of me is yours, the other half yours
Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours, And so all yours.