William Shakespeare’s Schooldays

Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall is where it all began for William Shakespeare.

It's where a bright Midlands schoolboy was educated and inspired to become the world's greatest playwright.

Your visit to Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall will bring to life William's time as a schoolboy, from about 1571 to 1578. You'll find out how his outlook and ambitions were formed by the lessons he attended at the Guildhall and the plays he saw there.

You'll follow in William's footsteps, exploring the classroom where he studied between the ages of 7 and 14. You can watch a short film about the kind of lessons he went to, and try some Tudor homework. You can even take part in a live Tudor lesson under the watchful eye of a 'master'!

A visit to Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall has something for everyone. You'll have fun, and you'll discover amazing stories. You'll come a lot closer to knowing the real Shakespeare and understanding his formative childhood years.

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