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Country home of playwright Bernard Shaw for 44 years

No dwelling place can rival Ayot:
So there I labour at my job,
And boil my kettle on the hob
Deeming I have the best of reasons,
For staying here through all the seasons.

Playwright, politician, philosopher and wit George Bernard Shaw lived in this Edwardian villa for over 40 years from 1906. When he moved in, he was at the height of his fame. If you'd been walking up the drive 70 years ago, you would have been coming to visit one of the most famous, most photographed and most quoted men in the world.

Today, his home remains much as he left it. You can walk from room to room, enjoying the beautiful Arts and Crafts interiors, and finding fascinating links with the past. The tranquil gardens are a restorative and relaxing place at any time of year. They provide you with a space to reflect on the wit and wisdom of this great man of words - and maybe find the inspiration to write masterpieces of your own.

Outdoor Theatre at Shaw's Corner

The dates for our plays have been announced! 'The Philanderer' is on from 27 to 29 June and 'Heartbreak House' from 25 to 27July. 

"I want to be all used up when I die."

Born in 1856 and dying at the age of 94 in 1950, Shaw lived a long and fascinating life during turbulent and rapidly changing times. His works are deeply reflective of his era and his beliefs, and his home reflects this.

Curtain comes down for 2013

It's the time of the year again where Shaw's Corner gets out the dust sheets for another winter and closes for the season, we'll be closed from 3 November to 22 March 2014.

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