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A fascinating building with connections to Shakespeare...

The Guild Chapel is one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s most important buildings, with a history dating back to the 13th century and long associations with the Shakespeare family.

The Chapel houses some of the finest medieval wall paintings in the UK, covered up under the supervision of the playwright’s father in the 16th century and discovered hundreds of years later.

A campaign to conserve and showcase these paintings – of national significance – is currently underway, come and see these for yourselves.

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Directions

The Guild Chapel stands on the corner of Chapel Lane and Church Street, in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Paid-for on-street parking is available nearby for short visits and for longer visits, please use town centre car parks.

Opening hours and admission

Open daily from 10am

Free admission, donations welcome

Weddings

Weddings can be held at The Guild Chapel, subject to a special licence. Please speak to the Parish Office on 01789 266316 to see if you are applicable.

The Guild Chapel has long associations with the playwright

Standing across from Shakespeare’s final home, New Place, the Guild Chapel has long associations with the playwright and his family. With a history dating back to 1269 it’s an integral and fascinating part of the history of Stratford-upon-Avon. The Chapel houses some of the finest medieval wall paintings in the UK, covered up on the orders of Shakespeare’s father in the 16th century following the Reformation, when he was the then Chamberlain of the Corporation of Stratford, and discovered under layers of limewash many hundreds of years later. These paintings, depicting religious and allegorical themes, have been described by conservators as some of the country’s finest survivals and of national significance. A major campaign to conserve and showcase the paintings is now underway, led by Stratford Town Trust, custodian of the Chapel.

The Chapel is open daily to visitors, with voluntary collections towards the conservation work invited. It remains as place of worship, used by the pupils of King Edward VI Grammar School daily and with a service of Holy Communion open to all at 10am every Wednesday.

The Chapel also hosts recitals and dramatic performances, its exceptional acoustics and wonderful new organ – inaguarated by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2014, make it a wonderful venue for musical events. 

The Guild Chapel is maintained by Stratford Town Trust, with the support of the Friends of the Guild Chapel.