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Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace Ticket

1. Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace Ticket

Explore the life of William Shakespeare in the town where he was born and grew up in, on a visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace. Your ticket will be valid for one admission to the property. William Shakespeare was born in this house and grew up here with his parents and siblings, spending the first five years of his marriage living here with his wife Anne Hathaway. John and Mary Shakespeare were wealthy enough to own the largest house on Henley Street. Visit the Famous Beyond Words exhibition and don't miss Shakespeare's second Folio. On entering the house, see the workshop where his father John ran his prestigious trade as a glovemaker. Don’t miss the Giant Wallbook of Shakespeare’s plays brought to life in chronological order. Simply scan your smartphone and watch the videos that bring Shakespeare's stories to life.

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

2. 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 Information Centre, Near Avon Boating Stop 2 - Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Shakespeare Center Stop 3 - Market Square and American Fountain Stop 4 - Shakespeare’s New Place/Harvard House & Guild Chapel Stop 5 - Royal Avon and Royal Shakespeare Theater Stop 6 - Halls Croft, Holy Trinity Church and Shakespeare's Grave Stop 7 - Evesham Place Stop 8 - Alcester Road Stop 9 - Anne Hathaways Cottage Stop 10 - Mary Arden's Farm is closed until September 8th Stop 11 - Maybird Shopping Center

Shakespeare's Story Tickets

3. Shakespeare's Story Tickets

Discover the people and places that shaped William Shakespeare, the ordinary boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who went on to do extraordinary things. Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare at the house where he was born. Hear captivating tales from the costumed guides, see live performances by the resident acting troupe, Shakespeare Aloud! and access the Famous Beyond Words exhibition. Relive the Tudor love story between Shakespeare and his bride-to-be at the 600-year old Anne Hathaway's Cottage. See original family furniture, including the four-poster bed and courting couch. Stroll the cottage gardens, heritage orchards and woodland walks. Visit the newest attraction on the Shakespeare trail at New Place, the site where his family home once stood. Meet the man behind the works in a fascinating new exhibition! Discover beautiful gardens and specially-commissioned artworks. Visit the Famous Beyond Words exhibition and don't miss Shakespeare's Second Folio. Explore his father's reputable trade in the glovemaker's workshop. Don’t miss the Giant Wallbook of Shakespeare’s plays brought to life in the order he wrote them.

Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

4. 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 building will fully engage all visitors in its unique story.  Soak up the atmosphere of the Guildhall, including the late medieval priest’s chapel with its rare and recently conserved wall painting and learn about the building’s role as a medieval provincial Guildhall.  The visit promises to be full of fun, excitement and drama worthy of Shakespeare’s legacy for any group. Take a guided tour with knowledgeable guides, see a short film by historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood, on the history of the Guildhall. Take a lesson with a Tudor Schoolmaster, practice quill writing and dress up in a Tudor costume. Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall is perfect for all ages.

Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

5. 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 recommend a walking route that covers the most famous sites, including the Bridge of Sighs and Christchurch Cathedral. Learn about Oxford’s connection with Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. Find a great place for a meal (you guide will provide recommendations), or join local scholars and academics over a pint in the city’s most haunted pub. You'll be back in London by around 18.30 and you can use the London Underground to travel quickly to all areas of London.

Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

6. 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 in the whole of the UK. Quaint villages and breathtaking scenery, the Cotswolds looks like it jumped off the pages of a storybook. The tour makes photo stops at three stunning Cotswolds villages: Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as ‘Little Venice’ due to its low bridges and stone banks, Burford which features an ornate medieval bridge and Bibury, a town once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’.   After a wonderful day of sightseeing, arrive back to London at the approximate time of 19:15.

From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Day Trip

7. From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Day Trip

After a morning pick-up in central London, you’ll head to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds on a full-day tour that takes you through English history and beautiful countryside. Visit Shakespeare’s Stratford, take a short walk past the house where Shakespeare was born in the center of town, and then visit Shakespeare's Schoolroom with your tour manager. Afterward, you will have free time to explore Stratford with its rich Tudor and Shakespearean history. Enjoy a drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of astounding natural beauty. Admire the landscapes of beautiful rolling hills and honey-colored stone villages. Weather permitting there will be time for photo stops. Next stop is Oxford for a walking tour with a guide who will show you many points of interest, such as the Sheldonian Theater, Balliol College, Christ Church, and the Museum of Science. Your expected arrival time back in central London is 19:00.

Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

8. 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 drive back to London.

Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

9. Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

Choose a pass valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. Benefit from free entry to 10 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. Cruise the Avon River, and enjoy the breeze and river sounds. Then, explore the grounds of Stoneleigh Abbey. Visit the British Motor Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars. Discover a hidden Victorian Garden at Hill Close Gardens. Explore the crazy world of the MAD Museum, which is a hands-on experience for kids. Spend the afternoon learning about the juniper berry at Shakespeare Distillery, with a guided gin distillery tour.

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

10. 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-colored stone villages and green pastures are characteristic of this area. After some time exploring the villages such as Bibury, Burford, and Stow-on-the-Wold where you have some time for lunch, you'll head back to Oxford.

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What people are saying about Shakespeare's Birthplace

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,143 reviews

Worth the train from London - lovely staff at Shakespeare’s birth place. Had photo opportunities for my daughter who studies English. She was impressed by the place. Went for a walk by the River Avon and had lunch in a vegan cafe. I thought the vibe was cool and quaint. Thank you we had a nice day.

The tour was amazing, Stratsford is an enchanting city and oxford is just stunning. Our tour guide was very nice and helpful and we had plenty of time to look around all the places.

My whole family loved this open top bus. We had a live guide and she was excellent. My 6 and 9 year old really enjoyed it, it was really informative. Thank you

Well organised. Lots of information and guides around to share information about the different rooms.

It was a beautiful tour to get to see more than just the big city of London