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Mary Arden's House
Three and a half miles outside Stratford and still retaining its country setting in Wilmcote, this timbered Tudor farmhouse is the house that Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, grew up in before marrying John Shakespeare and moving to Henley Street. It is also home to the Shakespeare countryside museum, two historic farms, displays of farm implements, daily demonstrations by the Heart of England falconry, a blacksmith's forge and a duckpond.
Two bays are provided in the car park for Orange Badge holders. Access into and out of the property is via a shallow ramp and there is flat and level access throughout most of the site. A spare wheelchair is available for use, however, it is advisable to book this facility before you arrive (Contact 01789 293455). The flooring is mainly flat stone flagging, there is room to manoeuvre between the exhibits, and the displays are mainly accessible by wheelchair and are well presented. There is a fully accessible toilet, which is situated outside. One small step leads to the Ladies and the Gents facilities.
A small step leads to the entrance of the house, and another to the front room. The ground floor has an uneven stone flooring. Wooden steps lead upstairs, which has uneven wooden flooring and very low beams. Most exhibits have flat access, however there is one step into Glebe Farm, and one large stone step into the farming exhibit. Displays are mostly visible from outside. Inside the farm exhibit, the displays are in large print and are presented on a non-reflective surface. There is flat access to the picnic area, but a small lip exists in the entrance to the restaurant. The shop can be entered via a step. Otherwise, a ramp provides access from the front of the site, and there is space for circulation within the shop. Staff are willing to offer assistance, where required.
Wilmcote (Tel 01789 293455)