Want to know where The Merry Wives of Windsor is set? Shakespeare set The Merry Wives of Windsor in the time of the audience who would have attended the play – the late 16th century. It’s located in Windsor, Berkshire – around 30 miles west of central London. This is the only Shakespeare comedy set in England. This setting is interesting in that it gives us an idea of what the daily life of ordinary English people would have been like in Shakespeare’s time. It’s particularly interesting in that it gives us an insight into the very fast growing English middle class, a social group of which Shakespeare was himself a member.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for The Merry Wives of Windsor, and below the map is a text list of the locations. When you click a pin on the map it opens to show all of the settings used within the location, using Shakespeare actual wording. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, click the icons on the map for more information, or use the list of all map pins below The Merry Wives of Windsor settings map: