Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6HB

Contact: +44 1789 203170



Discover where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright.

A visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall offers, fun, informal and authentic experience and brings history to life for any education group.  All visits are designed to the best use of your time and provide an unforgettable learning experience.

You are invited to step into Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall and immerse yourself in fifteenth and sixteenth century Stratford-upon-Avon.  Sit in the very room that William Shakespeare sat as a pupil in the 1570s, visit the Council Chamber where his father served as Bailiff (Mayor) and experience the space where he first witnessed performances by the country’s greatest actors of the day.

You are able to explore the building’s role as a medieval provincial Guildhall that sat at the heart of Stratford’s civic governance and learn about its 600 years of educational and commercial life.   

Standing where Shakespeare’s father served his year as Bailiff (Mayor), you will hear the sounds of the Court of Record, over which John Shakespeare preside when Bailiff.  The highlight of your visit will be Master Thomas Jenkins brushing up your Latin in a Tudor-style lesson.

Stratford's newest heritage site and visitor attraction provides the missing chapter of the story of Shakespeare's life in Stratford - his education and the inspiration that led him to become the world’s greatest playwright.  Major restoration and meticulous conservation work of the Guildhall, home to a series of rare medieval wall paintings, provides an extraordinary history of the building. 

A visit includes:

  • Entrance to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
  • Guided tour with a knowledgeable guides
  • Short film by Michael Wood on the history of the Guildhall, the building he calls “one of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain”
  • Lesson with a Tudor Schoolmaster
  • Quill writing session
  • Dressing up in Tudor Master costume
  • Interpretation of medieval wall paintings, the Court of record & Stratford’s Guildhall.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Our visitors enjoy seeing the very room where William Shakespeare was educated.  They love the Tudor lesson with our Tudor master. The building is truly atmospheric.

What does a typical educational visit include?

A visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall covers the following Curriculum links:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design & Technology

School Trip Benefits:

  • Tickets from £3.75 per pupil (schools’ price)
  • Free teacher place for every 10 pupils
  • Free planning visit or teachers and group leaders
  • Online Teachers’ Toolkit (from September 2017)

What group sizes do you cater for?

Group rates are offered for groups of 15+
Whole schools have visited and have been split into groups at different times of the day.  Maximum group at one time is 60

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

SS&GH has produced an online Teachers’ Toolkit (available from September 2017).  The Toolkit targets KS2 of the National Curriculum. It has been compiled with reference to, and is therefore compliant with, the subject requirements of the National Curriculum document. The Stratford Schools Cluster provided the original focus group of practising, experienced teachers whose own interests covered all areas of the curriculum. Several professional historians have overseen the development of the Toolkit and have authenticated, or corrected where necessary, its content.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Teachers or group leaders are invited to visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall free of charge in advance of a trip.  We provide a risk assessment for schools.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Contact:  Sarah Jervis-Hill for information regarding school trips

What is the cost of the visit? 


Standard Price

Group Rate 20%

Super Saver
Group Rate 25%





(up to 17 yrs)








Standard Group, paying within 14 days of visit or on arrival = 20% discount

Super Saver Group paying 14 days or more in advance of visit = 25% discount

Educational Groups: 1 free adult for every 10 booked.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Yes, we have qualified First Aiders on site

Please list facilities available.

Shop – pocket money products include badges, magnets, sweets, quills, replica coins and pewter Tudor figure sets – prices range from 80p to £5.50

No facilities to eat a packed lunch

What are your disabled facilities?

Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall has a fully wheelchair accessible lift and an accessible bathroom on the ground floor, adjacent to the main entrance. There is level access throughout the building at ground and first floor level, with the exception of the first floor landing to the Victorian staircase. There is an induction loop in the ground floor reception area, the ground floor counting house and in the first floor Tudor classroom. Access to the first floor for ambulant disabled persons can be achieved via the Victorian staircase or the lift with assistance from staff or volunteers.

What are your opening days and hours?

Open daily (not Christmas Day or Boxing Day)
10.00am*  to 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)

* 11.00am during Term Time.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums SEN Tourism Organisations

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology Drama English Geography History Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Religious Education Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December