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Hall's Croft. Photo by Allan Harris.
Hall's Croft. Photo by Allan Harris.

Hall's Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon

Hall's Croft was the house of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna, and her husband, Dr John Hall. This Tudor house has main rooms which are decorated and furnished as they would have been during Susanna’s time, but with some rooms on the first floor given over to exhibition space. The house can be visited independently or as part of the Shakespeare’s Houses ticket, which provides repeat entry to all of the houses for a full year, and is thus excellent value for money.

The house itself is both beautiful and imposing, with that lovely heavy furniture associated with the era. There is also a garden, providing peace and tranquillity and a further insight into late Tudor life. The downstairs in particular provides an atmosphere and real feel for those times as visitors walk around, and the doctor’s surgery gives a fascinating glimpse at Tudor and Stuart medicine. There is a treasure trail for children, which kept even two young children engaged and excited about walking round the house, as well as an activities area for them. The staff were friendly, approachable and helpful (and very good with children).

Sadly, as with many of these attractions, there wasn’t enough information around Hall's Croft. In fact, in many rooms there was no information at all, so unless a visitor is willing to carry around an A3 laminated sheet, which obviously is somewhat unwieldy, the visitor is left to guess and make facts up on the fly (which is necessary when you have kids with you). My other problem with the house was the special exhibition on the First World War on the first floor, which seemed entirely out of place with the rest of the house. As well as lacking much to interest (it contained a few medals and other items, letters and photographs), it was incongruous and inappropriate. Surely, out of all of the places in Stratford upon Avon, there must have been somewhere better to hold this sort of exhibition? As with old houses in town centres, there are also the usual accessibility issues, as well as a lack of immediate parking.

So, Hall's Croft in and of itself, has some interest (although it could be made more interesting if there were proper explanations), including for young children. But, there are many areas for improvement and it actually tells the visitor little about Shakespeare himself. This being the case, it can’t possibly be counted as a star attraction on its own. However, when combined with other attractions on the full ticket, the houses in Stratford-upon-Avon are a must for those studying either English literature or the times of the Tudors and Stuarts.

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Debbie Kilroy

Having read history at the University of Birmingham as an undergraduate, where I won the Kenrick Prize, I worked as a trouble-shooter in the public sector until I took a career break in 2009. Thereafter, I was able to pursue my love of history and turn it into a career, founding Get History in 2014 with the aim of bringing accessible yet high quality history-telling and debate to a wide audience. Since then, I have completed a Masters in Historical Studies at the University of Oxford, from which I received a distinction and the Kellogg College Community Engagement and Impact Award. As well as continuing to write for and expand Get History, I am now a freelance writer and historian. I have worked with Histories of the Unexpected and Inside History, and my article for Parliaments, Estates and Representation won the ICHRPI Emile Lousse essay prize (2019).

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Hall's Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon
Hall's Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon
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  • +A beautiful house
  • +Fun things for children to do
  • +Friendly and informative staff
  • +Value for money as part of the Shakespeare's houses ticket


  • -Only indirectly related to Shakespeare
  • -A general lack of information around the house
  • -The exhibition space seems a bit of a waste and out of place
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