Shakespeare's Birthplace

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  • City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    1. City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    As well as Britain's most famous playwright William Shakespeare and the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford is great for a day on the River and then chilling out in the evening in one of the many chic restaurants and bars in the centre of town. Travel to all the Shakespearean Houses: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House, New Place, Nash's House, and Hall's Croft. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre where the Bard's plays are performed for the majority of the year. The Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, protected by a cursed tombstone. The Old 15th Century Grammar School where Shakespeare was educated. You also get to enjoy a lovely tour through the scenic Warwickshire countryside, visiting Wilmcote, the village where Mary Arden's House (Shakespeare's mother) can be found. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Visitor Infor...

    Wonderful experience with useful and informative audio guidance. Did what it said on the tin..

  • Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

    2. Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

    Depart London on a full-day (10-hour) tour that takes you west to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds countryside, and Oxford and Stratford, England’s most romantic cities. Head to Stratford-upon-Avon in the Warwickshire countryside, and enjoy 2 hours in the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Your guide will provide suggestions on the best sites to see. Take a walk around the town center to see beautiful Tudor-style buildings and sites connected with the life of Shakespeare, including the Swan Theatre. Next, your drive will continue through the Cotswolds, as you enjoy views of the lovely landscape and stone villages. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is the English countryside at its finest. Continue to Oxford to explore the most famous university city in the world. Take a walk among the college buildings and admire their dreamy spires. Your guide will recomme...

    Our guide was James. Darren also came along and he was very nice. James was cheerful and happy to give us info about Stratford , Oxford, and the cotswold village we visited. James lives in Stratford so he had great recommendations on food and things to do. Everything ran on time minus the traffic on the way back but that was due to road construction. It was a wonderful day, thank you!

  • Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

    3. Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

    Open daily, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall invites visitors to explore one of the rarely seen places of William Shakespeare’s childhood and youth, a place that helps to fill the missing chapter in the story of his time in his home town.  The newly-restored venue offers a glimpse into Shakespeare’s formative years and sheds light on his time as a schoolboy.  Step into the shoes of the young Shakespeare, sit in the very room that he sat in as a pupil and learn about what subjects the great man would have studied and the teaching methods of the day.  You will hear how he encountered the riches of classical literature and theater and saw some of the country’s finest actors perform in this building. Built in 1420, Stratford's Guildhall is one of only a few remaining medieval Guildhalls in the country. The authentic and immersive experience of a visit to this early fifteenth-century b...

    We were almost railroaded into this activity, due to Shakespears birthplace and Ann Hathaways cottage being closed on Thursday and Friday! (During school holidays and in an era when every business is trying to get back on its feet, go figure?) Anyway, I am glad they were, because in all honesty we would probably not bothered to go here otherwise. A very evocotive building and you can almost feel the history coming out of its walls. Perhapse a little disjointed with the various things happening, film show, school master (ensure you brush up on your Latin), school room etc, and how you are shown around, but there is alawys someone on hand to point you in the right direction. Oh, and if you're into history (obvs) wait until you see the medievel painting!!

  • Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

    4. Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

    Journey back more than 1,000 years and learn about the bloody battles and extravagant banquets of Warwick Castle. Admire the magnificent Great Hall and State Rooms, and climb the towers and ramparts for an archer’s view of the historic town. Join Richard Neville as he prepares for battle at the multi-sensory Kingmaker attraction, or stroll through the landscaped gardens. Then, visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and get a fascinating insight into the life of the legendary playwright. See the scenic villages of the Cotswolds on the drive to Oxford, where you will embark on a walking tour of the university city on arrival. Admire the famous colleges that date back to the 13th century, and hear about former students such as Bill Clinton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Discover where Harry Potter was filmed at Christ Church college before the d...

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed hearing all the facts. She also was very helpful.

  • Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

    5. Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

    An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places. Stratford-upon-Avon, the home town of legendary playwright William Shakespeare, is the first stop on this day trip. Filled with history, pay a visit to the place the famous Bard was born - a quaint, unassuming half-timbered house. Learn amazing stories and quirks of Elizabethan living from your expert guide. Next stop is a visit to Shakespeare’s bride Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens. This beautiful little thatched farmhouse is the place where the Bard courted his bride and still to this day holds items or original furniture, including the Hathaway bed. It is nestled within stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs. Then continue to the Cotswolds. Visit what is often agreed to be one of the most beautiful areas i...

    The tour of the three towns were lovely and great to see Shakespeare's home and Anne Hathaways cottage. However the tour wd have been much better there had been more historical information about all of the places we stopped at including Stratford upon Avon. We did not learn anything extra by being on a tour as opposed to going on our own. Tour guide made banal small talk that also consisted of insulting remarks abt fat Japanese children and drunken gypsies and " red indians" and angry black guys. Shockingly offensive

  • Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

    6. Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

    Choose a pass valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. Benefit from free entry to 12 attractions, tours, and museums. Visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom to see where he first put quill to paper, immersing yourself in a world of literary wonder. Enjoy the unique pleasure of watching hundreds of the world’s most spectacular and colorful butterflies flying all around at Stratford Butterfly Farm. You can see them feeding and flying in a wonderful tropical environment. Enjoy spectacular re-enactments at Warwick Castle and Knights Village. Walk along the ramparts of some of the oldest medieval ruins in England at Kenilworth Castle. Discover Warwick’s medieval gem, the Lord Leycester Hospital, which offers one of the finest examples of medieval courtyard architecture in Britain. Explore the grounds of Stoneleigh Abbey. Visit the British Motor Museum, home to the world’s larges...

  • From Oxford: Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds Tour

    7. From Oxford: Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds Tour

    Embark on a journey through the heart of the English countryside, to the unblemished rolling green hills of the famous Cotswolds. Piercing the morning fog, to explore the traditional farmland; the small vehicle you will travel in is able to visit locations others simply are not. Be transported back to a simpler time, of quaint villages, thatched cottages and medieval churches. A guide will expertly uncover the history and beauty of this area that has attracted global attention. Of course, you may incorporate some time to visit rural shops to sample their natural and rare products, along with a traditional historic pub for lunch. You can either eat the locally sourced produce at this pub, or take in the idyllic views with your own packed lunch (not included).

    Our guide, Mark, was very friendly and accommodating. He was fun to talk to and we enjoyed his company.

  • Oxford and The Cotswolds: 3-Day Small-Group Tour

    8. Oxford and The Cotswolds: 3-Day Small-Group Tour

    The first day of your tour will begin with you leaving London at 9:15AM, after which you will visit the world heritage site of Blenheim Palace. Learn about the history, explore the gardens, or even take a ride on the estate’s very own miniature railway line. Following lunch you will continue to the Rollright Standing Stones, these are an ancient complex of Neolithic and bronze age monuments that sit on the crest of the Cotswold Hills. This magnificent site marks the borderlands between the great counties of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. You will round off the afternoon with a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery, where you will learn about the production of beer in one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful areas and savor a lovingly produced local drink. At this conclusion of this day you will travel to Stratford Upon Avon which will be your base for the next two nights. On the second day you wi...

    This was such a great tour! Our guide Dan, aka Danny the Champion of the World, was fantastic! He had all kinds of information about each stop and each small town. The lodging was excellent in Stratford-upon-Avon-we had more space in our hotel room than we had in London- and we never started the day before 9 am. We were given enough time in each place we visited. Please note that you are on your own at all the destinations, not moving with a guide and a group. I enjoyed this because I could spend more time where I wanted and not have to keep up with the others. For example, we had a lot of time at Warwick Castle and after touring it my friend and I headed into the town to explore without having to worry about staying with the others. I would definitely do another tour with this company.

  • Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford

    9. Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford

    Embark on a small-group day trip departing from Oxford. Your day begins with an eye-opening guided walking tour of the city, including the ancient colleges and academic buildings of Oxford University, as well as picture perfect churches and chapels dating as far back as the 11th century. Afterwards, head to the timber-framed splendor of Stratford-upon-Avon for a guided tour of Shakespeare's hometown, where many buildings survive from his own lifetime. Enjoy a narrative from your expert guide about the history of the poet as you drive to sites that were important in his life, such as the Holy Trinity Church where he was baptized and buried, and his birthplace, where you will have some time to go inside and explore.  After some free time in the town, a scenic drive will take you into the limestone uplands known as the Cotswold Hills. Narrow country lanes, meandering streams, honey-colore...

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What people are saying about Shakespeare's Birthplace

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4.4 / 5

based on 960 reviews

Fascinating museum. I learned a lot about Shakespeare ‘s life and plays. Really good exhibition and lovely gardens. An amazing feeling to realise you are walking in the footsteps of such a revered poet and playwright.

This was an excellent experience. Guides and assistants were very informative and school room was entertaining as well as learning about the history of the school. I would recommend this for all age groups.

Great way to get around Stratford. Bus driver’s were most helpful and friendly.

Buses were regular and the staff were very helpfull

Excellent place to visit in the heart of Stratford