Stratford-Upon-Avon: Guided Walking Tour

Central England and the Midlands, England
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About this experience

Join a fascinating 75 minute guided walking tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon, covering its 14 centuries of history as well as much ado about the life and times of William Shakespeare; from birth to grave. You will see amazing buildings, beautiful scenery, and learn some absolutely fascinating and world-changing history.

Chart the complete history of Stratford, from its 7th century settlers to its 21st century arcade whilst also exploring the life and times of the most famous human the world has ever known. Shakespeare's writing changed the world and continues to do so.

Your walking tour starts at the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre where you begin to learn about the 14 centuries of this town's history. See Shakespeare's birthplace, his famous home, and the church in which he was both christened and buried. See historic buildings, including the surviving taverns that served Shakespeare beer in the late 16th century, and can do the same for you almost 450 years later.

What about The Guild of The Holy Cross? Their chapel, which dates from 1269, was the seat of power in the town for centuries; despite falling foul of King Henry the 8th and his successors. Next door is William Shakespeare's schoolroom, and the 15th-century Almshouses - also built by The Guild.

Talking of history, have you ever stood on one corner and clearly seen buildings spanning five centuries? In fact, you could throw a ball and hit any one of them; including the house where Harvard University's founding father, John Harvard, was born - in 1607.

Explore to your heart's content as you experience life as it was in Tudor England, a period during which powerful forces forever changed the English way of life and understand that impact on the wider world.

The WalkTalkShow route includes about a dozen stops; covering a total distance of just under 1.4km and is wheelchair and mobility scooter-friendly. Here's a summary of the stops on your circular Tour:

1. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 2. Market Hall at Market Cross, 3. Shakespeare's Birthplace, 4. Rother Street Market, 5. Bell Court, 6. Town Hall at History Corner, 7. Shakespeare's New Place, 8. The Guild Chapel, 9. Shakespeare's Schoolroom, 10. KES as it is now, 11. The Swan Theatre, 12. Royal Shakespeare Theatre. offers an unrivalled customer experience - we are the very best way to see and understand all things Stratford upon Avon. Just look at what our customers have to say!

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  • Duration

    1.5 hour

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  • Destination

    The Cotswolds

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  • Best time to visit

    • Spring
    • Autumn
    • Summer
  • Nearby stations

    • Gloucester Bus Station
    • Cheltenham Spa railway station
    • Kemble railway station

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