Standing on Stratford-upon-Avon’s high street, Harvard House is easy to combine with the town’s 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 on limited time in the capital. 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 station, the walk takes around fifteen minutes. Parking can be found on the outskirts of the town.
When to get there
The town is a popular destination for school trips from across Europe, so avoid national holidays and school breaks to beat the crowds.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Harvard House is managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on behalf of Harvard University. The conservation organisation 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 ticked off on day tours of the city.