Hall’s Croft was the home of William Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna Hall and her husband Dr John Hall. The house in the old town that is furnished in the style of the early 17th-century.
John and Susanna Hall only lived here for a few years and they moved to New Place, which William Shakespeare left to his daughter after his death in April 1616.
What to see at Hall’s Croft
Hall’s Croft was built in 1613 during the relatively brief Jacobean period, although the architectural style of the house is very similar to that of the Tudor period that preceded it.
The house includes furnishings typical of the period including an oak tester bed, an ornate child’s high chair and an oak press cupboard.
The house includes an exhibition about Susanna’s husband, Dr John Hall, and the medical practices that were practised at the time.
There is also a lovely walled garden, which includes the same medicinal herbs that would have been used in the Tudor and Jacobean periods.
Visiting Hall’s Croft
Hall’s Croft is in Stratford’s old town just a short walk south of the town centre. It is close to many of Stratford’s main points of interest and it is just a three-minute walk to Shakespeare’s New Place, a six-minute walk to the Royal Shakespeare Company and a 10-minute walk from Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
Although visitors can pay the entry fee to visit Hall’s Croft, it is much better value to buy a combined entry ticket that gives you admission to between three or five of the properties that are operated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. These include not just Hall’s Croft but also Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place and Mary Arden’s Farm.
The historical nature of the building means that floors are uneven and the first floor is only accessible by stairs. This means that it is not ideal for visitors with a wheelchair, although they do make an effort with ramp access to the ground floor and an accessible toilet.
There is a small gift shop and a cafe selling snacks and light meals.
You should be able to visit the house in around 45 minutes.