Managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Hall's Croft is a historic country house that was once the home of Susanna Shakespeare, the daughter of William Shakespeare. It's close to a good range of hotels and restaurants, and within walking distance of many of Stratford-upon-Avon's acclaimed visitor attractions, making it the ideal spot for a Midlands break.
A Brief History of Hall's Croft
The house was completed in 1613 and was also the home of Susannah's husband, the distinguished doctor John Hall. Over the years the building inherited many great paintings from the 16th and 17th Centuries, although Susanna and John later moved to nearby New Place.
What to See at Hall's Croft
Explore the luxurious rooms that Susanna once lived in, have a wander through the picturesque gardens and enjoy some well-earned refreshments at the Hall's Croft café, which serves a delicious range of locally-sourced light meals and snacks. The venue also organises regular Parlour Talks on Susannah's exuberant lifestyle, and contains many fine hand-crafted items at The Arter. The Jacobean home still contains the doctor's original equipment, books and medical notes, and marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War in 2015 with a special commemorative exhibition. In the gardens, you can even see the fragrant herbs that the doctor would have used frequently for his various remedies.
Getting to Hall's Croft
Stratford-upon-Avon has excellent public transport links to the rest of the country, with frequent direct trains to central London and Birmingham throughout the day. The town is also within easy reach of the M40, which provides easy access to Birmingham International Airport, as well as a plentiful supply of excellent Warwickshire hotels catering to different tastes and budgets.
Other Places to Visit in Stratford-upon-Avon
If you're a lover of Shakespearean plays, you must book a seat for a performance at the internationally acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment from 2007 to 2010. For pleasant, immaculately presented accommodation that offers very good value for money, you could book a stay at the romantic Falstaff Hotel, or consider the very upmarket and refined The Stratford, or the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel.