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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.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
A visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall covers the following Curriculum Links:
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design & Technology
School Trip Benefits:
  • From £5.20 per pupil
  • Free teacher place for every 10 pupils
  • Free Planning Visit for teachers and group leaders
  • Teachers’ Toolkit and Timeline available on confirmation of booking
Schools - Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
Schools - Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

School Rates:

  Standard Price Education Rate
Adult £10.00 £8.00
Concession £8.00 £6.40
Child (5-16) £6.50 £5.20

One free adult for every 10 students booked
Minimum group size: 15

Please email [email protected] or telephone +44 1789 203172 with any School Booking enquiry.

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 in town at the MAD Museum, Stratford Butterfly Farm, Canal & River Tours and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to offer education groups the opportunity to visit our attractions and save money with our money saving education joint tickets.
 
Please email [email protected] or telephone +44 1789 203172 to enquire about a combination visit for your group.

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.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Get closer to the world of the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company on a tour. Experienced tour guides will take you backstage to explore the public and private areas of the theatre. Learn about the theatre making process and see for yourself how some of it happens as well as exploring a production in more depth and finding out about the history of the RSC and its theatres in Stratford.

Situated a 4-minute walk from Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall.

Canal & River Tours

The Jennifer May is a state-of-the-art trip boat and passengers of all ages are welcome on board to enjoy the exclusive trip through the canal basin, historic working town lock and along the river.  Passengers are guided by an informative commentary which focuses on Stratford’s Industrial past, encompassing the industrial revolution and the importance of the canal network in the 18th century, as well as the river wildlife and Shakespeare.
 
Situated a 5-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 the 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 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.