Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespearian backdrop

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Set on the banks of the River Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare has so much to offer a school tour. Combine a visit to Stratford with a performance by the famous Royal Shakespeare Company with the famous sites connected with Shakespeare’s life and family.

Statue of King Hal
Statue of King Hal

The Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are home to the internationally-recognised Royal Shakespeare Company, which performs the works of both classical and contemporary writers, as well as Shakespeare productions.

Shakespearience

This is an exciting introduction to some of William Shakespeare’s greatest works, as well as his life and legacy, using the latest technology and special effects. The Shakespearience is located at Waterside Theatre, a new venue for theatrical, cultural and musical events in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Shakespeare Houses and Shakespeare Centre

Five beautiful houses and gardens brought to life by enthusiastic guides. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace to see where William Shakespeare was born and learn what it was like for him growing up as a boy. Walk along to Chapel Street to see Nash’s House, which was owned by Shakespeare’s granddaughter’s first husband – Thomas Nash. Discover Hall’s Croft, the family abode of Susanna, his daughter, and her esteemed husband Dr John Hall, and learn about the 17th century medical practices and ghostly goings on. Take a short trip out of Stratford-upon-Avon to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where William wooed his bride-to-be. Mary Arden’s House and the Shakespeare Countryside Museum is a few miles further where school students can experience 500 years of farming and rural life.

Nash's House
Nash's House

River Avon Cruisers

A 45-minute sightseeing cruise on modern passenger boats takes in the 15th century Clopton Bridge, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church the site of William Shakespeare’s Tomb.

The Falstaff Experience

This is one of Stratford upon Avon’s most exciting and unusual tourist attractions, which offers an educational yet fun journey through time. The attraction is housed in the 16th century Shrieves House Barn and this haunted museum offers an informative, yet theatrical glimpse into history, from the most glorious to the ghastly and the hilarious to the haunting.

Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Here, you can experience a thousand years of history in one day. There is so much for a school group to do and see, from ‘Kingmaker’, showing how Richard Neville’s household prepared for battle, to the ‘Ghost Tower’ where Sir Fulke Greville was fatally stabbed by his manservant, and ‘Death or Glory’, the new look armoury. The ‘Royal Weekend Party’ recreates a Weekend Party of 1898 where ‘Daisy’, Countess of Warwick, welcomed her principal guest, the Prince of Wales.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Just 45 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon, this beautiful palace is situated in the historic town of Woodstock.

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

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All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500