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Shakespeare Garden

Central Park, New York

Capacity: Up to 25

16 reviews

About the venue

Experience a quiet, romantic English garden ceremony in the heart of the bustling city at Shakespeare Garden. Filled with lovely stone staircases and intertwining walking paths lined with shrubs, large trees, and rustic railings, the entire garden has a magical feel.

Nestled on a gradual hillside, with the famous Belvedere Castle just a few steps uphill, the unique and charming Shakespeare Garden is the perfect setting for an intimate ceremony. The space offers several well-suited locations for your ceremony, positioning celebrants in front of the lush flower beds and handmade wooden fence. Depending on the desired position, attendees will be on the path looking up or down at the celebrants.

The densely planted garden beds are filled with the plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, poems, and sonnets. The garden’s color and aroma transform throughout the year, with different plant species blooming each season. The exact blooms will vary depending on the time of year and may include daffodils, tulips, lilies, crocuses, black-eyed Susans, roses, hellebores, and many others. You’ll also find several bronze plaques with quotes from the famous English poet and playwright’s works throughout the garden.

Tucked away on the Upper West Side of Central Park, Shakespeare Garden is one of the park's quieter and more intimate areas. The garden is easily accessible through various access points. It is only about a block’s walk from the park’s west side 79th Street access point.

Shakespeare Garden is handicap accessible. However, bear in mind that the garden is on a hillside. Due to the nature of the location, most of the walk to the garden is uphill, and guests will be standing at an angle. You will find limited seating in Shakespeare Garden. However, most of the available benches in the garden are in different nooks from the ceremony locations. Restrooms are available a short walk away at either Delacorte Theater or Ramble (mid-park).

In the case of inclement weather, the wooded nature of Shakespeare Garden provides limited coverage. It is recommended to have an alternative location for inclement weather.

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