Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Travel Guide

Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Sights

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall

  • Church St. Map It
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Educational Institution

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

Dating from the early 15th century, the Guildhall is where a young Shakespeare went to school and where he was allegedly first introduced to the world of theater. Once the administrative center of the town, it reopened as a heritage attraction in 2016. Visitors can now see newly discovered medieval wall paintings, including two of the oldest surviving Tudor roses in England, plus take part in a lesson in the very room where Shakespeare was once taught. In the 16th century, the Guildhall was where the city council once sat, including John Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s father, who was town mayor in the 1560s. Around this time it also became home to the King’s New School, and shortly afterwards William Shakespeare attended as a pupil. On the first floor is the Guildhall proper, where traveling acting companies performed to obtain their licenses. Many historians believe that it was after seeing the troupe known as the Earl of Leicester’s Men in 1587 that Shakespeare got the acting bug and set off for London. Today the building is still home to a school, and lessons take place on weekday mornings during term time.

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Church St., Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB, England

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Published 08/20/2030

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