Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Stratford-upon-Avon school trip
    Set on the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is an ideal setting for an English literature or drama school trip.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon school trip
    Anne Hathaway's cottage - one of the must-see sights on a Stratford-upon-Avon school trip.
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    Hall's Croft, home to Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon school trip
    Why not consider a visit to historic Warwick Castle as part of your Stratford-upon-Avon school trip?
  • Stratford-upon-Avon school trip
    What better way to bring the words of Shakespeare to life than on a school trip to Stratford-upon-Avon?

We had a fantastic time in Stratford; everything running smoothly thanks to your organisation… The pupils enjoyed all of the activities, especially the RSC drama workshop which was fantastic. The leader was understanding of all our pupils’ needs, tailoring activities to suit their abilities.EL, Bishop Barrington School

Birthplace of the nation’s famous bard, William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon conjures up images of a bygone age. Set on the River Avon and surrounded by the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, this bustling medieval market town, dating back over 800 years, is an attractive and atmospheric place to explore.

An unrivalled destination to bring Shakespeare to life for your English literature and drama students, go backstage at the Royal Shakespeare Company and watch a performance of one of the Bard’s great plays. Alternatively, take part in a drama workshop and visit key sites including Shakespeare’s birthplace on Henley Street, his final address at New Place, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens.

Typical Accommodation

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon – Set amidst three acres of grounds, Hemmingford House is a Georgian mansion turned youth hostel just two miles from Stratford. Very experienced in catering for school groups, the YHA offers 16 en-suite rooms sleeping 2 – 6 people (there are additional rooms however these offer shared facilities), in addition to lounge areas and a games room.

Stratford-upon-Avon School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

  • By coach direct to Stratford-upon-Avon.

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a popular suggestion for a Stratford-upon-Avon school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 2 Days by Coach

Day 1 – Morning departure from school by coach to arrive in Stratford around midday. Here, you’ll visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and/or Tudor World before transferring to your hotel in time for dinner.

If you wish, we can organise theatre tickets for an evening performance at either the Royal Shakespeare or Swan Theatres, or even a backstage tour of the RSC.

Day 2 – Departing Stratford-upon-Avon, visit mighty Warwick Castle before starting journey back to school.

Alternatively, why not take part in a drama workshop, with courses aimed at all ages from Key Stage One right through to Undergraduate?

Upcoming Events

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Julius Caesar (3 Mar – 9 Sep, 2017)
  • Antony & Cleopatra (11 Mar – 7 Sep, 2017)
  • Titus Andronicus (23 Jun – 2 Sep, 2017)
  • Coriolanus (15 Sep – 14 Oct, 2017)
  • A Christmas Carol (27 Nov, 2017 – 4 Feb, 2018)
  • Twelfth Night (2 Nov, 2017 – 24 Feb, 2018)
Swan Theatre
  • Vice Versa (11 May – 9 Sep, 2017)
  • Salomé (2 Jun – 6 Sep, 2017)
  • Venus & Adonis (26 Jul – 4 Aug, 2017)
  • Dido, Queen of Carthage (15 Sep – 28 Oct, 2017)
  • Imperium: Part I Conspirator (16 Nov, 2017 – 10 Feb, 2018)
  • Imperium: Part II Dictator (23 Nov, 2017 – 10 Feb, 2018)

Popular Visits & Excursions

Shakespeare Sites

Royal Shakespeare Company – Set between the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres, enjoy year-round, performances of Shakespeare’s most popular and lesser-known literary works, in addition to plays and theatrical works by other great writers.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace – William Shakespeare was born in this house in 1564 and lived here until he was old enough to marry. He spent the first five years of married life here with Anne Hathaway.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens – The childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife, this is where the Bard first courted his future bride. Many items of original furniture remain, including the Hathaway bed.
New Place – New Place was Shakespeare’s family home from 1597 until he died in the house in 1616. The house was demolished in 1759 and was replaced with a registered garden.
Mary Arden’s Farm – The childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, The farm is set alongside Palmer’s Farm, a living history experience transporting visitor’s back to the 1570’s.
Hall’s Croft – Jacobean home of Susanna, eldest daughter of Shakespeare, and her husband, Dr John Hall. They moved to New Place on Shakespeare’s death.
Holy Trinity Church – The final resting place of William Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway, Dr John Hall, Susanna Shakespeare and Thomas Nash, the first husband of Shakespeare’s granddaughter, Elizabeth.

 

Other Activities

Tudor World – Set in an original Tudor property, this is the only museum in the country devoted to the Tudors, recreating different areas of Tudor life, interweaved with stories of the building’s history and the history of Stratford-upon-Avon.
MAD Museum – A rather eccentric museum dedicated to Mechanical Art and Design. This is the only specialist attraction of its kind in the UK, showcasing the world’s finest pieces of Kinetic Art and Automata.
Cruise on the River Avon – Enjoy a 45-minute boat cruise, departing from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon and passing through a working lock between the canal basin and River Avon.
Butterfly World – Housed in a large greenhouse, landscaped with waterfalls, ponds and tropical plants, see hundreds of exotic butterflies from all over the world, caterpillars, beetles, stick insects and spiders, too.

Elsewhere

Warwick Castle – Situated less than 10 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon on the River Avon, this is Britain’s finest complete medieval castle first built by William the Conqueror in 1068.
Cadbury World – Set in Bourneville, Birmingham, learn about the history of chocolate and the Cadbury business through interactive displays and activities, demonstrations and a 4D cinematic experience.
British Motor Museum – The world’s largest collection of over 300 historic British cars, in addition to over one million historical items tracing the history of the British motor industry.