Harvard House is located on Stratford-upon-Avon’s high street, making it easy to combine a visit with other attractions, such as Shakespeare’s childhood home. Some full-day tours depart from as far away as London and follow a comprehensive itinerary ideal for history buffs and literary lovers with limited time for sightseeing. As the interior of the building is closed to the public, guided excursions are useful for learning more about the building and its Harvard connection.
Things to know before you go
- Harvard House’s elaborately carved facade is a must-see for architecture enthusiasts and history buffs.
- Don’t forget your umbrella and raincoat during wet weather, as there is nowhere to shelter from rain.
- The flat pavement outside is wheelchair accessible but can get crowded during busy times.
How to get there
Harvard House is walkable from anywhere in Stratford-upon-Avon. From the train station, the walk takes around fifteen minutes and from the tourist information center at the Canal Basin, about five minutes. Parking can be found on the outskirts of the town.
When to get there
Stratford-upon-Avon is a popular destination for school trips from across Europe, so it’s best to avoid visiting on national holidays and during school breaks when it is most crowded. The town experiences the least amount of rain from February through May and offers warmer temperatures June through September.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Harvard House is managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on behalf of Harvard University. The conservation organization is among the oldest in Britain and also cares for properties such as Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and Mary Arden’s Farm—all of which are commonly found on day trip itineraries of the city.