Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall

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Stratford's newest visitor attraction provides the missing chapter of the story of Shakespeare's life in his home town - his education and the inspiration that led him to become the world’s greatest playwright. Major restoration and meticulous conservation work of the Guildhall, provides an extraordinary history of the building and of over 400 years of civic history of Stratford. Immerse yourself in 15th and 16th century Stratford. Sit in the very room that William Shakespeare sat as a young pupil, visit the Council Chamber where his father served as Bailiff (Mayor) and experience the space where he first witnessed performances by the country’s greatest actors of the day. Participate in a Tudor lesson and brush up on your Latin! An interactive and engaging visitor experience for all - dress up Tudor-style for a “selfie”, play Tudor games and get messy with quill and ink and marvel at the medieval wall paintings. Visitors are invited to explore the very building in which young William Shakespeare was educated in the 1570s. Learn about what subjects he would have studied and the teaching methods of the day. Films provide background information about Shakespeare's school days and the historic significance of Stratford-upon-Avon's Guildhall. Built in 1420, this building is one of only a few remaining medieval Guildhalls in the country. Knowledgeable and passionate Guides bring to life the many stories about the buildings role in Stratford's civic life over the centuries and how the Shakespeare family were involved. A visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is perfect for all ages.

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