Holy Trinity Church

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Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Holy Trinity Church on the banks of the river Avon
  • Interior of Holy Trinity Church
  • Chancel at Holy Trinity Church on 23 April 2016 Credit Lise Evans
  • Exterior view of Holy Trinity Church
  • Grave of William Shakespeare
  • Chancel of Holy Trinity Church
  • Stained glass, Holy Trinity Church
  • Holy Trinity Church on the banks of the river Avon
  • Interior of Holy Trinity Church
  • Chancel at Holy Trinity Church on 23 April 2016 Credit Lise Evans
  • Exterior view of Holy Trinity Church
  • Grave of William Shakespeare
  • Chancel of Holy Trinity Church
  • Stained glass, Holy Trinity Church

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England's most-visited parish church on the banks for the River Avon

Standing on the banks of the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the most beautiful – and most visited - churches in England. 

Inside Holy Trinity you can see the graves of William Shakespeare, his wife Anne Hathaway and other family members. Above the graves is the Shakespeare Memorial, which was erected some six years after the dramatist’s death, and is considered to be one of the most accurate likenesses available. 

lso in the stunning chancel are a set of 26 carved wooden misericords dating from 1480.  The original font in which the infant William is likely to have been christened is by his grave. Next to it are copies of the church registers in which the dates of Shakespeare’s christening and funeral are inscribed.

In the main body of the church, the nave, you will see the Clopton Chapel, with its fine renaissance tomb. Holy Trinity also contains beautiful Victorian stained glass and a first edition 1611 King James Bible, the first Bible to be translated into English.

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Directions

As Stratford-upon-Avon is close to the M40, M42 and M6 motorway networks, Holy Trinity Church is easily reached from London, the Midlands and the North. Old Town is adjacent to Stratford town centre and is within easy walking distance. There are several pay and display car parks within the town centre, or you may wish to try the Park and Ride which is signposted from the A46. 

Admission price

Entry to Holy Trinity church is free, but to keep the church open seven days a week for visitors, pilgrims and worshippers, we ask people who want  to visit Shakespeare's grave to pay £2 (Concessions £1, Students 50p).

Opening times

The opening hours below are always subject to the demands of a busy parish. Please note that it quite often needs to close at fairly short notice (eg for funerals). On the day concerned, these times are always listed on the church notice board in the churchyard.

Holy Trinity Church does not open for visitors on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Last admission is 20 minutes before closing.

April to September

Monday-Saturday8.30am-6.00pm

Sunday: 12.30pm-5.00pm

March and October

Monday-Saturday: 9.00am-5.00pm

Sunday: 12.30pm-5.00pm

November to February

Monday-Saturday9.00am-4.00pm

Sunday: 12.30pm-5.00pm

Access

The main entrance to the church is via one-step but a ramp is available which church staff will put down for your convenience if required. 

The only steps inside the building are to the Quiet Room, which is up a spiral staircase.

Assistance Dogs are allowed in the church.

Hearing: an induction loop is in operation during services.

Larger print: service books are available for most services with an optional large print hymn book for Evensong.

Toilets

There are none at the church but an accessible toilet, for which a Radar key is required, and general toilets can be found in the nearby Theatre Gardens.  They are approximately 200m away and are open in daylight hours only. 

Shop

A well-stocked gift shop is situated at the back of Holy Trinity Church. The profits go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the building, as well as Holy Trinity's work in the local community. The gift shop is usually open when the building is open.

Refreshments

From the Spring Holiday in late May to the late summer weekend in August, the Holy Trinity Hospitality Team serves afternoon tea to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays. Fresh, fair-trade and homemade, their delicious refreshments win high praise from all who partake.

Your special day at Holy Trinity

A wedding is a most joyful and significant event for any couple, and for such a special day, Holy Trinity Church is a very special place to tie the knot. Did you know you're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church. The team at Holy Trinity is here to help you to celebrate your special day and will help you through each stage of the planning process for your wedding and make sure the service is personal to you.

For all wedding enquiries, please contact the parish office on 01789 266316 or email office@stratford-upon-avon.org.

For more information see: http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/