New Place is associated with the world's most famous playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, who was born near here in 1564 and is often considered to be England's national poet. From quaint Tudor inns to modern, conveniently located out-of-town hotels, Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area has an excellent range of accommodation for all budgets and tastes, so you can explore everything this fascinating and historically wealthy region has to offer.
An Inspirational Location for The Bard
In the heart of the iconic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, New Place is a charming Tudor house that was purchased by William Shakespeare in 1597. According to historians, it was in this building that the prodigious playwright found the inspiration to write one of his best-known plays, The Tempest, which is widely considered to be one of his finest works.
Close to One of Britain's Leading Theatres
Today, you can see a spectacular performance of The Tempest and many other acclaimed Shakespearean plays at the nearby Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which has more than 1,000 seats and a superb rooftop restaurant. The venue is also a thriving educational venue, providing interactive and classroom-based learning opportunities for more than half a million children and young people.
A Brief History of New Place
New Place was one of the largest houses in Stratford-upon-Avon when Shakespeare purchased it, and the building is also where the playwright spent his final days in 1616. It was rebuilt in the 18th Century and restored before becoming an important visitor attraction.
What to See and Where to Stay
New Place is very close to the equally impressive Harvard House, a fine Elizabethan town house that features attractive 16th century stained-glass windows and beautiful oak carvings. Dating back to the turn of the 17th Century, it was built by successful businessman Thomas Rogers, whose grandson John Harvard founded Harvard University, the oldest higher education institution in the United States, in 1636.
Nearby is the pleasant Arden Hotel, which has been recently renovated, and provides tastefully designed rooms and free internet access. Stratford-upon-Avon is also home to the delightful Falcon Hotel, housed in a handsome Tudor building, and The Stratford, a high-end four star venue offering immaculate rooms and impeccable hospitality.