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A visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall offers a fun, informal and authentic learning experience for any school group, bringing history to life for your students.

We offer a unique experience that cannot be recreated in the classroom. All visits are designed to make the best use of your time and provide an authentic and unforgettable learning experience.

The Experience

Step into Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall and immerse yourself in sixteenth century Stratford. 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 young Shakespeare first witnessed performances by the country’s greatest actors of the day. Participate in a Tudor Schoolroom lesson and brush up on your Latin!

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. Meticulous conservation work at the Guildhall, home to a series of rare medieval wall paintings, provides an extraordinary history of the building and of over 400 years of civic history of Stratford.

This interactive and engaging visitor experience will bring to life the many stories the magical Guildhall has to tell.

To start your School booking and to view our FAQs click here or phone 01789 203 170 (Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm)

 
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
School Trip Benefits:
  • Free teacher place for every 10 pupils
  • Free Planning Visit for teachers and group leaders
  • Teachers’ Toolkit and Timeline available on confirmation of booking
Our Teacher's Toolkit covers the following Curriculum Links:
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design & Technology
Schools - Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
Schools - Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

School booking practical FAQs

  • Group discount available for groups of over 15 visitors
  • We are happy to accomodate groups of up to 45 people at any one time. School groups larger than this can be accomodated in multiple sessions
  • You should allow 45mins to 1hr for your visit.
  • Coach drop off and pick up outside the Indigo Hotel opposite Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
  • We have only a single toilet so we recommend groups visit the nearby town facilities in Bell Court before or after their visit. Our toilet is accesable for those who require it.
  • There is an accessible lift to the upper floor and plenty of seating throughout the building
  • Due to the size of the museum, regretably we are unable to provide a space for lunch

 

For further enquiries and to make sure your visit runs as smoothly as possible, please use our group booking enquiry form here.

Alternatively give us a call on 01789 203 172 (Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm).

Combination Tickets

Why not enhance the value and learning for your students during your visit to Stratford-upon-Avon?

We have teamed up with our friends at the MAD Museum, Stratford Butterfly Farm, the Guild Chapel and Stratford Town Walk to offer education groups the opportunity to add extra activities with our money saving education joint tickets.
 
Please let us know if you are interested in a combined ticket using our booking form here

The MAD Museum

The MAD Museum is a quirky attraction displaying interactive pieces of mechanical art, in particular: kinetic art & automata. It is where clever design meets outrageous inventions. Visitors are encouraged to interact with weird and wonderful mechanical contraptions made by artists from all around the world. As well as a lot of fun, The MAD Museum demonstrates inspirational creativity and clever, often witty design. It supports the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Art and Design. Overall, The MAD Museum is a fantastic playground for adults and a perfect treasure-trove for inquisitive kids.

Situated a 6-minute walk from Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall.

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm is the UK's largest tropical butterfly paradise.  Come rain or shine your students will enjoy the unique pleasure of discovering hundreds of the world's most beautiful butterflies flying in an exotic environment of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools.
 
Situated a 10-minute walk from Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall.

 
Schools - Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

Teachers' toolkit and timeline

In our Teachers’ Toolkit and Timeline, you will find masses of information about the Guildhall, William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon and much more. Also, many ideas for lessons that use the history of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Guildhall itself and its most famous scholar as inspiration. We have created ideas for topics that can be directly linked to the new national curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History as well as Art and Design & Technology. These lessons can be taught in the classroom and then brought on a visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall.

Bring your debate to the Court of Record in Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, stand in the place that both William and his father would have stood and argue your case. Bring the Tudor Rose made in Art or Design & Technology and compare it to one of the oldest known painted examples of a Marian Rose to be found in the country. Use the Latin learnt in class in an actual lesson in the same schoolroom that William Shakespeare learnt his Latin. There are endless possibilities for the ways that this resource can be used to teach the required curriculum in a new and interesting way.

The Toolkit includes resources that can be found in our Loan Box, available for use in local schools, as well as copies of documents that can be downloaded and printed for use in lessons or display. We have also included links to other websites where you can directly access information that will enhance or assist your lessons.