Days Out Stratford-upon-Avon

Attractions & Museums

Stratford and the surrounding areas have a wealth of places to visit to keep the whole family entertained.  For special events please go to the events calendar

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RSC The Play’s The Thing

RSC The Play's The ThingThroughout the Warwickshire school holidays, Kids Go FREE to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning interactive exhibition, The Play’s The Thing!

Explore a treasure trove of weird and wonderful objects from our past productions and discover the backstage secrets of theatre-making. Get up close the stunning costumes and fearsome weaponry created right here in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Get hands-on with our interactive exhibits; step inside the mind of a Director, perform the part of Hamlet on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage in front of a virtual audience, and embrace your competitive streak with our quick change challenge.

New for summer 2018 (available during the summer holidays), keep the kids entertained for longer with our exhibition activities. Younger children can become mini Detectives, helping Francis the pig find the stolen props hidden around the exhibition. Older kids and teens can step into the shoes of an Assistant Designer, tasked with the role of coming up with the costume ideas for the RSC next big production.

Shining a spotlight on the creativity behind-the-scenes, there are plenty of activities to entertain the whole family.

Open daily from 10.20am.

RSC The Play's The ThingPrices:  Annual Pass – pay once, visit as often as you wish for 12 months: £8.50 Adult, £4.25 child, £4.25 disabled people.

KIDS GO FREE* on Sundays and throughout Warwickshire school holidays *up to four kids go FREE with every full paying adult

RSC Explorer Pass: The Play’s The Thing + Theatre Tour + Tower – £15 adult (saving £5) £7.50 under 18s (saving £3)

To book, please call the box office on 01789 403493 or come to the Box Office in the RSC foyer on the day.



Twitter: @theRSC

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Shakespeare’s Schoolroom

Shakespeare's Schoolroom quill writingShakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is where it all began for William Shakespeare.

It’s where a bright Midlands schoolboy was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright.

Your visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall will bring to life William’s time as a schoolboy, from about 1571 to 1578. You’ll find out how his outlook and ambitions were formed by the lessons he attended at the Guildhall and the plays he saw there.

You’ll follow in William’s footsteps, exploring the classroom where he studied between the ages of 7 and 14. You can watch a short film about the kind of lessons he went to, and try some Tudor homework. You can even take part in a live Tudor lesson under the watchful eye of a ‘master’!

A visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall has something for everyone. You’ll have fun, and you’ll discover amazing stories. You’ll come a lot closer to knowing the real Shakespeare and understanding his formative childhood years.

Take advantage of the newly launched offer from Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, the MAD Museum and Stratford Butterfly Farm.  The 3 award-winning attractions have launched a Family Super Saver ticket priced at £57 which is for 2 adults and 2 children, with each additional child place £9.50.

Shakespeare's SchoolroomWhere: Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HB


Tel: 01789 203 170


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Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stick insectSummer at the Butterfly Farm!

New inhabitants at the Butterfly Farm and on display in Minibeast Metropolis are a Chilean rose tarantula, Grammostola rosea and the giant prickly stick insect, Extatasoma tiaratum.

The Chilean rose tarantula is a typically tame and docile species of tarantula, best known for the lovely pink colouring to their body. They have tiny hair like barbs that can be used as defence by flicking the bristles at a predator causing an irritating, itching sensation!

The giant prickly stick insect also known as Macleay’s Spectre, originates from Australia. This type of stick insect is very well camouflaged and will curl its tail up over its body to mimic a scorpion, this helps to scare the predators away!

Throughout the summer holidays, in the Discovery Zone, 23rd July-3rd September 2018, children and adults can take part in twice daily ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions with one of our friendly education team members and hold creatures such as a Madagascan hissing cockroach, giant African millipede, African land snail and a variety of stick insects. There will be informative talks, throughout the holidays, for all the family about beetles, tailless whip scorpion and amazing leafcutter ant colony, now one of the largest in the UK!

Just in time for the summer holidays, Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is delighted to announce that they have joined forces with local award-winning attractions, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and The Mad Museum, to offer a ‘Family Super Saver’ ticket for two adults and up to two children. This fantastic value ticket at £57.00, allows entrance into all three attractions at one great price. Families may use the ticket for one visit to each attraction, with a month in which to use it.

There is plenty of room for picnics in the wildflower garden and Café on the Go will be in the garden all summer serving delicious hot drinks, milkshakes and snacks from their retro-style coffee bicycle.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly will be open throughout the summer including August Bank Holiday, from 10am until 6pm, last entry at 5.30pm

Where: Stratford Butterfly Farm, Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

Tel: 01789 299 288




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Summer with Shakespeare Shakespeare’s Birthplace & Family Homes


Shakespeare’s Family Homes

21 July – 2 September 2018

From family activities and picnic events to beautiful gardens and outdoor theatre there’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer.

Highlights include:

Threads of the Unsaid

21 July – 2 September / Daily 12noon – 4pm / Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Play your part in a crowd-scripted immersive retelling of Romeo & Juliet which will grow and unfurl into a tunnel of scarlet red threads woven around the orchards of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Online contributions to the project are also welcome #giveascript

Join us for the finale (1 September) and celebrate the fledging peace that ends Romeo & Juliet with family friendly fun on the theme of peace and reconciliation.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Summer 2018The Big Picnic*

Saturday 21 July / 12noon – 4pm / Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Pack a picnic and join us in the garden to enjoy our magician , live music, puppet show, face painter and family activities in the marquee. *Free for CV37 residents with proof of residency.

Gastrell on trial

21 July – 2 September / 12noon – 4pm / Shakespeare’s New Place

Join us as we put Gastrell, the man behind the demolition of Shakespeare’s New Place, on trial. Was he a victim or villain? You decide!

New Place: 2nd Birthday Party*

Sunday 19 August / 12noon – 4pm / Shakespeare’s New Place

Help us celebrate Shakespeare’s New Place’s 2nd birthday. Come dressed as a famous pair from history and enjoy face painting, magician and live music. *Free for CV37 residents with proof of residency.

Shakes-paw’s Day

Saturday 25 August / 11am – 4pm / Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Bring your dog and a picnic and join in the fun with plenty of activities for your furry friends to enjoy.  Bring your dog and enjoy 30% off a single house ticket (including family tickets – up to 2 adults and 4 children).

Outdoor Theatre

Friday 27-28 July / 7.30pm / Mary Arden’s Farm / Booking required

Romeo & Juliet (27th) and The Tempest (28th) by Oddsocks Productions

Saturday 11 August / 2.30pm / Anne Hathaway’s Cottage / Booking required

Peter Pan by Immersion Theatre

Sunday 19 August / 7pm / Hall’s Croft / Booking required

The Winter’s Tale by The Festival Players

All this plus:

DISCOVER THE GARDENS. Whatever your passions, you’ll love our beautiful gardens. There’s five to explore, each offering something different.

ENJOY OUR SUMMER TALKS AND TOURS. Enhance your visit wuth a range of talks and tours included in admission at each of the five Shakespeare Family Homes.

RELAX AND REFUEL. Enjoy our Tudor inspired dishes at Mary Arden’s Farm, a cream tea at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or relax with a coffee and cake at Hall’s Croft.

TREAT YOURSELF. From Mulberry Gin and exclusive gifts there’s so much to choose from in our shops. Every purchase helps support the vital care and conservation of our Homes and Collections.

To find out more information and to book tickets visit

12 months free with every pass

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV376QW

Tel: 01789 204016

All Things Wild

An all-weather, year round family attraction and allow people of all ages to enjoy the amazing things that nature can bring. Party packages available.

Where: Station Road, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, WR11 7QZ

Tel: 01386 833083

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (SBT)

Twelve-roomed farmhouse where Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, lived as a child.

Where: Cottage Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9HH

Tel: 01789 338532

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


Avon Boating

River cruises and boat hire

Where: Swans Nest Boathouse, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

Tel: 01789 267073

Bancroft Cruisers

Join our crew for a 45 minute sightseeing cruise on our lovely heated boat, The Rita Ellen. To make your cruise even more special our dedicated guide will keep you amused by sharing some interesting facts about William Shakespeare & Stratford’s history.

Where: Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR (Crowne Plaza landing stage)

Tel: 01789 269669

British Motor Museum

With over 250 classic cars on display and interactive family activities

Where: 11 Banbury Road, Gaydon CV35 0BJ

Tel: 01926 641188

Canal & River Tours

Leisurely river trips via the historic canal lock in our purpose built, all weather boat.

Where: Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BA

Tel: 01789 295173

Charlecote Park (NT)

A Victorian home set in a landscaped deer park, part of the National Trust.  Picnic, play and wander through the wider parkland, inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown, with views across the river Avon.

Where: Charlecote, Warwick CV35 9ER

Tel: 01789 470277

Citysightseeing Opentop Bus Tour

Citysightseeing hop-on hop-off 24-hour ticket from 11 stops taking in all the sights of Stratford-upon-Avon.  Departures every 20 mins in the summer.

Where: Tourist Information Centre, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6GW

Tel: 01789 412680

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

*Recommended by Mumbler! Read our review here

Compton Verney is delighted to welcome visitors with children. Whatever the weather, we can offer something for every member of your family to enjoy.  From our children’s woodland adventure play area, willow tunnels and nature trails to all-weather explorer backpacks and arty activities every school holiday there’s always plenty to capture the imagination, stimulate the mind and keep your children happy and interested.

The Family Room is large and well equipped with games, arts & crafts, chalk boards, DUPLO, puppet show and more.

Tuesdays: Tiny Tuesdays, weekly soft play 11.30am to 3pm FREE FOR UNDER 5s and lots of other activities for kids to do when they get here

Thursdays: Forest School (term time) 12:30pm to 2:30pm FREE FOR UNDER 5’s

Where: Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

Tel: 01926 645500

Coughton Court (NT)

Coughton Court is an imposing Tudor house set in beautiful gardens with a collection of Catholic treasures.  For families: baby-changing and feeding facilities, picnic area, front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats for loan; adults’ and children’s house trails

Where: Alcester B49 5JA

Tel: 01789 400777

Part of the National Trust

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and tells the fascinating story of Coventry and its people through the rise and fall of its biggest industry. Now fully reopen after a £9.5m redevelopment programme, this huge museum offers a whole FREE day out of fun and discovery for visitors of all ages – all in an iconic city-centre building, and all completely free.

Where: Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD

Tel: 024 7623 4270

Escape Live Stratford-upon-Avon

**New to Stratford-upon-Avon for 2018**

Escape Live is an exciting group game with a difference. Your mission is simple – escape from a locked room in just 60 minutes by solving a series of challenging puzzles in a team of 2-6 people.

Do you have what it takes to get out in time?

Suitable for ages 10+.

Where: 31 Greenhill St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LE

Tel: 01789 507060

Evesham Vale Light Railway

The EVLR offers a delightful ride by steam train for all the family, showcasing stunning views across the Vale of Evesham overlooking the Cotswold Hills, plus play fort with picnic area and country walks.

Where: The Valley (former Evesham Country Park), Twyford, Evesham, WR11 4TP

Tel: 01386 422282

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is an ideal day out for the family, with lots to do for young and old alike.

Where: Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH (you can also aboard from other stations along the line)

Tel: 01242 621405

Hall’s Croft (SBT)

Explore the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, Dr John Hall.

Where: Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG

Tel: 01789 338533

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


Hatton Adventure World

The entry all-inclusive price takes away the worry of finding any hidden extras as all activities are included. Visitors are urged to book their place today at as special discounts are available for early booking online.

Where: Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick, CV35 8XA

Tel: 01926 843411


Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

FREE entry to the award-winning Herbert Art Gallery & Museum which celebrates the city’s culture, history and arts.

Where: Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP

Tel: 024 7623 7521

Kenilworth Castle (EH)

From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England’s affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings.

Where: Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NE

Tel: 0370 333 1181

Part of English Heritage


Lunt Roman Fort

The Lunt Roman Fort is the only partially reconstructed wooden fort in Britain today and home to the Gyrus, the only horse training ring found within a Roman fort.  Open to the public only on selected dates in the school holidays during May, summer and October.

Come inside the Granary this October and discover more about our original Roman pots on display. Have a go at making your own pot out of air drying clay to take home.  Free though site admission applies.  Booking is not required. Suitable for children 5 yrs +

When: Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June 2018

Where: Coventry Road, Baginton, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AJ
Tel: 024 7623 7522

MAD Museum (The)

Interactive exhibits of mechanical art and design with buttons, handles, lights and sound effects.
Where: 4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT
Tel: 01789 269356

Magic Alley Bell Court

Stratford’s newest and most whimsical “old” attraction has thrown open its doors after moving home to the newly reimagined Bell Court right in the heart of town. Spread over 4,500 square feet the new Magic Alley promises much and delivers more – much more!

Visit the shop, buy a Butterbeer or book your children’s birthday party.

Where: Magic Alley, Bell Court, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6JP

Tel: 01789 290969

Magic Alley & The Creaky Cauldron

**Henley Street is awaiting a refit following the move of Magic Alley to Bell Court in April 2018** 

Enter an enchanting world of storytelling based on the Chronicles of Wizard’s Thatch series of books. You can wander through the Magic Alley Store looking at wands, spells, vintage toys and games before climbing the rickety and winding stairs of the Enchanted Manor Museum.

Where: 21 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW

Tel: 01789 290969


Shakespeare’s Birthplace (SBT)

Where it is believed that William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years.

Where: Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW

Tel: 01789 204016

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare’s New Place (SBT)

*Recommended by Mumbler!  Read our review here

New Place was William Shakespeare’s final place of residence in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died there in 1616. Though the house no longer exists, the land is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  The visitor centre has children’s activities and special programmes run during school holidays.

FREE entry to Shakespeare’s New Place to all residents of the CV37 postcode, on presentation of a Community Card.  Community Cards are now available for collection from any of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties. Please note that proof of CV37 residency will be required.

Where: 22 Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP

Tel: 01789 204016

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


All weather skiing and snowboarding centre with kit rental, an ice rink, swimming pool and gym.

Where: Leisure Island, Riverdrive, Tamworth B79 7ND

Tel: 03448 000011

Henry’s Castle at Stratford Armouries Museum

Family run play barn located 2 miles north of Stratford on Avon. Our playgrounds provide fantastic play facilities for kids in any age and relaxing restaurant with café area for parents. Henry’s Castle, being part of Stratford Armouries, offers exciting all day activities for whole families, school groups and individual guests.  Party packages available.

Where: Gospel Oak Lane, Snitterfield, Stratford on Avon, CV37 0JA

Tel: 01789 262468

Stratford Big Wheel

The big wheel is back again in Stratford-upon-Avon for 2018 and is bigger and better than last year’s!

It offers the most spectacular views far reaching over our Shakespearean town and surroundings.

It is a fantastic experience for the whole family and is a great opportunity to take in the wonderful scenery.  Each of our observational big wheel pods are weather proof, each seating six people.

Where: Recreation Ground, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7PZ

Stratford Mini Golf

Not to be mistaken for ‘crazy’ golf, minigolf is a test of skill, good fun with tricky hazards, bumps and ramps!

Where: Recreation Ground, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7PZ

Tel: 07710 125 393

The Play’s The Thing (RSC)

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon with the RSC’s permanent exhibition.

KIDS GO FREE on Sundays and in the school holidays!  Free tickets can be bought in advance or on the day of the visit by calling 01789 403493 or at the Box Office at the RSC (not available online).

Where: Swan Cafe, Swan Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS

Part of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Tudor World

Interactive attraction in a beamed period building with exhibits bringing the 16th century to life.
Where: 40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EE
Tel: 01789 298070

Warwick Castle

Experience one thousand years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle; great battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses, heroic knights.  Come join us in 2018 to celebrate our 950th anniversary with new attractions:

  • BRAND NEW “The Conqueror’s Fortress”
  • ALL NEW meet Horrible Histories’ Rattus Rattus

Where: Warwick CV34 4QU

Tel: 0871 265 2000

Part of Merlin Entertainments Group

Warwickshire Museum

Housed in a Jacobean mansion, St John’s Museum showcases the social history collections. Galleries include a Victorian Kitchen and Schoolroom (used by local school children during term time for activities and learning sessions), displays on childhood, toys and games, costume and an under 5s discovery room. St John’s also has lovely formal gardens where you can sit and enjoy a picnic. FREE entry. (small charge for holiday activities)

Where: Warwickshire Museum, Market Hall Museum, St John’s Museum & County Record Office, Warwick, CV34 4NF

Tel: 01926 412500