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Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall


Visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall & brush up on your Latin!

Following a £1.8 million restoration, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon opened its doors to the public for the first time on 23rd April 2016, the 400th anniversary of the death of the Schoolroom’s most famous former pupil.

As the place where William Shakespeare spent his school years and first experienced theatre, the Guildhall and Schoolroom has been described as “one of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain” by historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood. Located in the heart of the town and a five minute walk from Shakespeare’s place of birth, Stratford’s Guildhall was completed in 1420 with the school moving into the upper floor of the building in the mid-1560s.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall attracts both national and international visitors who are able to explore Shakespeare’s childhood and youth in the building that tells the hither to missing chapter in the story of his time in Stratford – his education and the inspiration that led him to become the world’s greatest playwright.

Visitors are invited to step into Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall and immerse themselves in fifteenth and sixteenth century Stratford and sit in the very room that William Shakespeare sat as a pupil in the 1570s

This interactive and engaging visitor experience including soundscapes, projections, films, interpretive panels and knowledgeable guides on hand with many anecdotes to tell will bring to life the many stories the magical Guildhall has to tell.

Visitor Info

Opening times

10.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm) weekends, Bank Holiday Monday and school holidays

11.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm) Monday to Friday during term time


Adult: £8.00

Child (up to 17 years old): £5.00 Under 5s: Free

Concession: £6.00 Family (1 adult and up to 4 children): £17.00

Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): £22.00

Group and School group rates are available. Please contact Sarah Jervis-Hill on for further information.


Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall (CV37 6HB) is in Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon and is a ten minute walk from Stratford town train station.

There are a number of pay and display car parks within the town centre, or you may wish to try the Park & Ride which is signposted from the A46.


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