Day Trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Birthplace of William Shakespeare, From London

All the world's a stage...and Stratford Upon Avon is at its centre.

There is no doubt that William Shakespeare is the most important writer in the English language. Famous for his plays, loved for his poetry, Shakespeare is as important today as he was during his lifetime. Our Day Trip to Stratford Upon Avon takes you to the place where Shakespeare was born, grew up, married, and died. This tours explains how this once small town influenced the greatest writer of all time! 

Starting from your central London accommodation (if you would like to be picked up elsewhere please contact us) our driver/guide will whisk you to the heart of the Warwickshire where they will show you the places in Stratford upon Avon which haven’t changed since Shakespeare’s day, locations linked to the Shakespeare family, and we will even take you to one of the best traditional bakeries in the UK.  

Visit: (the tour includes, but is not limited, to the following locations)

Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Once we arrive in Stratford-Upon-Avon we will head straight to Shakespeare’s Birthplace where we will explore the house where Shakespeare was born. This wonderful building gives us the chance to start our tour where Shakespeare’s life started and allows us to begin to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps. Here your guide will tell you all about the rise and fall of William’s father John, the onetime High Bailiff (or Mayor) of Stratford Upon Avon, and how he was able to court one of the most eligible young ladies of the area Mary Arden. We will also discover how John’s trade as a glover and how this highly respectable trade might just hold the key to the Shakespeare authorship debate.

The Shakespeare Bookshop, while Shakespeare’s plays were intended to be seen and not read, no tour to Stratford Upon Avon would be complete without a trip to a bookshop, and Stratford is littered with them! This is your chance to pick up a copy of one of Shakespeare’s plays, a book of his sonnets, or if you are feeling bold the complete works of Shakespeare, which are available in a number of editions. At the Shakespeare Bookshop your guide will explain how Shakespeare has become such an important cultural icon, how and why the first folio (collection of his plays) was published, and why some theatre directors such as the late great Peter Hall (the former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company which we will visit later in the tour) create their own editions of Shakespeare’s plays, which are only available to the actors they work with, in order to help the actors better understand Shakespeare’s language

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom, Thanks to John Shakespeare’s status within the community of Stratford, Willaim Shakespeare was able to attend the local grammar school (which is still a school today!) between the ages of 7 and 14. It was whilst at this school that Shakespeare would have learned Latin, rhetoric, writing, and philosophy. The education he received at the school, in the very room which we will visit, was instrumental in making William Shakespeare the man, and writer, that we all adore. The Schoolroom gives us the opportunity to discuss what a Tudor education was like in the room where the greatest writer of all time learned to read and write. Was it here where Shakespeare learned to love performing and saw his first play? Find out by booking this tour!

Royal Shakespeare TheatreThe Royal Shakespeare Company (known as the RCS) is one of the UK’s leading theatrical companies and specialise in productions of the works of William Shakespeare. Founded in 1875, and granted its royal charter in 1925 by King George V the RSC performs Shakespeare across the globe. Whilst visiting the company’s Stratford home you will be able to enjoy a drink in one of their cafes/bars and explore some of the free exhibits and exhibitions on display. Here your guide will talk you through some of the most notable RCS productions throughout the company’s history, and will explain some of the difficulties faced by actors taking on some of Shakespeare’s most recognisable roles. If there are no performances in the theatre on the day of your visit, you can purchase a ticket to visit the RSC’s Tower where panoramic views of Stratford will impress even the most ardent Shakespeare critic.

David & Chris
David & Chris
2020-08-24
Thank you Henry for an amazing day out! We took this tour with Henry a few days ago and really enjoyed it. We're sometimes a bit wary of booking a private tour as a Gay couple (you never know what the guide is going to be like) but Henry made us both feel totally at ease. He collected us from our hotel, provided us with face masks and hand sanitizer, and drove us out to the Cotswolds. We were also really lucky that Henry was able to get us into places that are currently closed to the public, thanks to his relationship with the locations that we visited. He was charming, well informed, and funny. Henry was able to tell us lots of interesting facts about the places that we visited, and told us where to stand to get the best photos. Thanks for an amazing day out, will definately book with Tours of the UK again in the future.
Selina E
Selina E
2020-02-16
I spy with my little eye.... We took this tour with Chris in January whilst we were visiting after Christmas. The tour is really informative, full of great facts and stories, and even included some locations from the James Bond franchise. It was great hearing the history of the British Secret Services and their exploits during the Second World War and The Cold War. We also had no idea that Roald Dalh was a spy and had helped write the Bond films. We'll be back for the Bond Tour next time.
Eric D
Eric D
2020-02-16
Great day out with Dewi We took out grandkids on the tour with Dewi and it was fantastic. The grandkids loved every second of tour and the locations that we visited. Highly recommended for any Doctor Who fan
KingBooScaresYou
KingBooScaresYou
2020-01-30
Absolutely fantastic tour! I had the pleasure of going on the Churchill walking tour today with my guide Karl. As an avid history fan I was in my element seeing the famous sites, and Karl really brought them to life. He couldn't have been more friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic, and evidently has a real passion for history which came across in this tour. I thoroughly recommend Karl and this tour to any fellow history geeks out there! You wont be disappointed! Thanks for an amazing day!!
Karen W
Karen W
2019-12-01
Excellent value Kathryn was a great host very knowledgable about sherlock movies and other movies shot in the area. We went past the sherlock Holmes pub and many more places of interest
Natalie D
Natalie D
2019-11-16
Really fun day out! I went on the Harry Potter tour with Dewi and he was brilliant. Was a really fun tour and so informative. I looooooove Harry Potter and it was so cool learning all the facts and seeing the spots of filming. Would definitely recommend!
Lauren
Lauren
2019-11-15
Absolute riot I went on a hybrid tour with Dewi at the end of the summer and it was such good fun, me and my friend (we’re the folks in the pictures in the header!) got to wander round London being absolute needs and learning about the locations of doctor who and Harry Potter and evening stopping off at some of London’s best drinking establishments. Dewi was very knowledgable and a lot of fun, would recommend in a heartbeat!
Cez1984
Cez1984
2019-11-15
Dewi was a fantastic guide! Brilliant tour around lots of filming sights in London and a chance to recreate famous scenes from the film. Our guide Dewi was really informative and enthusiastic and we had a really good laugh all throughout the whole tour. Highly recommended