Anne Hathaway's Cottage is probably one of the best known buildings in the world. Situated just a short distance away from the town centre it is idyllic and dates back to the 15th century. Set in beautiful surroundings with a magnificient garden, the picturesque cottage is where William Shakespeare came to visit his bride.
At the age of 18, William married Anne Hathaway and the couple produced twins some six months later. Although William lived and worked for most of his time in the capital, he did frequently visit Stratford where Anne Hathaway and his two daughters, Hamnet and Judith continued to live.
The family moved to a new residence at New Place and this is where William retired to in 1614. His death occured just two years afterwards in 1616. Anne Hathaway died in 1623. The property at New Place was demolished by the local vicar some years later.