Rainy Day Activities: Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Explore the historic building where William Shakespeare spent his schooldays and discovered theatre for the first time; an ideal thing to do when it rains.

The opening of Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall in 2016 provided the missing chapter of the story of William Shakespeare's life in Stratford-upon-Avon - his education and his fledgling ambitions to act and write. 

Found mere minutes from his birthplace, you can follow in Shakespeare's footsteps with a visit to the preserved Schoolroom & Guildhall. Step back in time and see how schoollife in the late 1500s differed from the modern era, and sit in the room where young Shakespeare would have first been inspired to pick up a quill and write his many plays and sonnets.

Learn more about medieval Stratford in the adjoining timber-framed Guildhall, home to the Guild of the Holy Cross for hundreds of years. Guild members would have visited the building every day to socialise, widen their business network and use a variety of social services like healthcare. With historic wall paintings and interactive displays telling the stories of various guild members, this immersive display is the perfect accompaniment to your trip through Shakespeare's life and times.

Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall is open every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) between 11am - 5pm. Tickets are priced at £7.65 per adult and £4.95 per child if bought in advance, and there are also different family discount options depending on the size of your party.

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