Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
4.5
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1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Located on the banks of River Avon, this is considered one of England's most-visited Parish Churches and the site where William Shakespeare was baptized in 1564 and buried in 1616. In addition to Shakespeare's grave the 800 year-old church has some notable stained glass windows and 26 carved misericords dating from the 1400s. The high altar is one of the very few pre-reformation stone altars still in use in England today. Also of note is the sanctuary knocker on the inner porch door dating from the 1200s - anyone touching this could claim sanctuary within for 37 days. We welcome visitors daily, entry to church is free. There is a charge to see the grave of Shakespeare of £5 per person and £1 per child under 16 (free to preschool children) As a working church the times may have to change for services or other events. Before visiting please go to our website https://www.stratford-upon-avon.org/ for each days opening times.
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  • Jacqui S
    1 contribution
    Wonderful.
    Thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Good use of QR codes and aerial footage of the church. Enthusiastic and attentive volunteers enriched the experience enormously. They are a really lovely bunch of people who make it a really wonderful experience. A visit here is a must.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 March 2023
  • TumbleweedUK
    81 contributions
    Must See. Fantastic Experience!
    Went on a quiet Monday morning with friends who were visiting from the United States. Was so pleased to see the Church open as when I have gone there in the past, it was closed to my huge disappointment. It's a beautiful church in a fantastic setting along the River Avon. There is a £4 charge to see William Shakespeare's grave and it's well worth the money. Our guide thanked us and said the charge is like a donation and it helps to keep the Church open and warm! The guide was terrific and so helpful pointing out other interesting historical features inside the Church. My American friends enjoyed their visit so much they went back after lunch to take more photos there.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Joasi23
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,407 contributions
    Atmospheric and impressive
    Really enjoyed the walk from the theatre along the water to the beautiful church. The approach through the mature trees and picturesque churchyard all adds to the visit. No entrance charge but there are opportunities to donate , spend in the gift shop or light a candle , hopefully to ensure the money raised is enough to maintain the impressive interior. £4 to view the grave of Shakespeare, but it isn’t imperative as there is so much to see if you choose not to . Don’t miss the Sanctuary knocker which is original and ask the volunteers about the slightly off set altar as it was something we would have been unaware of if they hadn’t been kind enough to share with us .
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 March 2023
  • nvert13
    England, United Kingdom47 contributions
    Beautiful church and Trevor was amazing
    Went to see the resting place of William Shakespeare, what a beautiful church this was. The church it’s self is free to enter but if you wish to view his resting place it is £4pp. Trevor made our experience more understandable and enjoyable giving us plenty of history facts, he was extremely friendly and helpful.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • pdhiggins7
    Walker Valley, New York142 contributions
    Absolutely stunning church with a wealth of history
    After a nice walk along the River Avon from Shakespeare's Birthplace, we were fortunate to find the church open, since when we were here before it had been closed! The church is magnificent, with stained glass windows and exquisite word work. There is an original King James bible on display, called "The Chained Bible", a register of Shakespeare's baptism, and his grave alongside some other family members. The guide we encountered, Paul, was so informative and knew so much about the history of the church and Shakespeare!! It was truly a most magnificent visit!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Brian T
    London, United Kingdom6,782 contributions
    A beautiful and historic church to visit, with or without Shakespeare!
    Aficionados of William Shakespeare will certainly want to put a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon’s historic and beautiful Holy Trinity Church on their schedule, when exploring the life and times of this legendary playwright, poet and actor. This is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised, where he worshiped, and where he (and his wife) are buried. Shakespeare was buried here in 1616. Whilst there’s been a church on this site since at least 713, the present building dates from 1210, with the oldest sections being the tower, transepts and nave pillars. The North and South Aisles were added in the 1300s, and the Chancel in the late 1400s. Even if you are not particularly fussed about all things Shakespeare, the church in its own right is a beautiful place to visit. The High Altar is one of the very few pre-reformation stone altars still in use in an English church; the 26 carved wooden seats (misericords) in the Chancel date from the 1400s; and there’s a knocker on the porch door which dates from the 1200s. But most visitors want to see the graves of William Shakespeare, his wife Anne, and his daughter Susanna. They are simply laid out in the Chancel, before the High Altar. Whilst a visit to the church is free, there is a very reasonable charge of £4.00 to access the graves. As you would expect, this church receives a high volume of visitors on a daily basis (and over 200,000 annually), and the small charge covers staff employed by the church to manage the huge crowds, and to supplement the upkeep of the church. The church can be easily reached by walking along the Avon River, past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and through Avonbank Garden (or along Southern Lane). The church is open to visitors from 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Saturday; hours for visiting on a Sunday are much shorter, 13:00 to 15:30. All times may vary because of scheduled church services.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Froxylady
    2 contributions
    Worth visiting and supporting with the modest charge for the Shakespeare grave section
    I recently visited Holy Trinity Church and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there. The Church has some beautiful stained glass, and the QR codes that you could scan provided helpful additional information about everything on display. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming, and the guide in the Shakespeare section was very engaging and knowledgeable. I especially liked that I was asked by him if I would like to hear more information about the Shakespeare statue and family graves, rather than it just being assumed that I did, and then feeling “talked at”.In my opinion it was worth the £4 charge for the “Shakespeare grave section”, especially if this also helps to keep the whole church open for everyone to access for prayer and contemplation for longer time periods.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Denny S
    Frankfort, Illinois382 contributions
    What a worthy location for Shakespeare.
    Dating from 1210 Holy Trinity Church is Stratford's oldest building. Located on a beautiful section of the river Avon, it is inspiring beyond the fact that Shakespeare is buried there. As he became more famous Shakespeare began to contemplate his death and had an appropriate bust, with coloration, designed. The church saw the beginning and ending of William. The font where he was baptized in April 1564 stand only a few feet for where he was was April 1616. The church evokes feelings of
    Visited April 2023
    Written 22 April 2023
  • MrSmitcher
    Tacoma, Washington578 contributions
    Shakespeare's beautiful last stop . .
    We judt visited this church & were very impressed with the building, staff, & artifacts related to Shakespeare. His crypt was even outlined with church cord since it's one of many near the altar. Worth the modest price to get so close to his grave & get the full story about why he's buried under the church . . .
    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 May 2023
  • lamarbradley
    Nashville, Tennessee1,188 contributions
    See this if you are in Stratford Upon Avon
    We walked to this church twice. The first time it had already closed when we arrived, so we were able to walk around the grounds and take photos of the outside. We were very surprised to see that some of the earth retaining walls in the gardens were made from grave markers. When we walked back the next day we were able to visit after the Sunday services. The church is nice inside, but not as showy as many cathedrals in England that we visited. Admission to the church is free, but we did choose to pay the extra fee to visit Shakespeare's grave inside. That was the real reason for coming to see this church.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 June 2023
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RuthieJ
12 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
I was surprised and disappointed that you can only see a very small part of the church without paying £5 per person. Most of the church is behind the pay desk including, of course, Shakespeare’s tomb.
There are plenty of other churches across England that are equally interesting historically that don’t charge for the privilege. Even most cathedrals only have requests for voluntary donations.
A voluntary donation would be fair enough, and we would have been happy with that. Timed entries if they were worried about being overwhelmed would also be fine. A compulsory payment in a local church left a bad taste in the mouth, so we left quickly.
Written 3 February 2024
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Tracey W
Cardiff, UK24 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
First visit to this beautiful church where the great Bard and his family are laid to rest ( though you pay £4 per adult to see the graves)

Trinity Church is beautiful, with stunning stained glass and has chartered a formidable history including the reformation.

They have guides which can be accessed through QR codes and links, maximising inclusivity of several languages to enjoy their rich history.

Great little gift shop too !

Tip: Walk through the RSC gardens to the church along the river Avon. Very accessible and a lovely view.

Tip : Talk to the guides, they bring the experience alive. Paul was exceptional. He was so knowledgeable and friendly and went out of his way to speak Welsh to us . Diolch ! Xx
Written 21 October 2023
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DayTrip11618257748
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Spent four days in Stratford so of course wanted to see where Shakespeare was buried. The experience was fantastic and I highly recommend it. The church is light, airy and very welcoming. It costs £4 per sermon to go to the area he is buried but it was well worth it. At first my friend an I were very disappointed to see that information was to be obtained by using QR codes. I don’t know how to do it and she does not have a smart phone! A guide called Rosie heard our comment and saved the day? She was so informative, fun and friendly and made the day by becoming our personal guide. We had such a good time. Beautiful misericords, a chained bible and much to see.The church has a good shop. Everybody we met was so friendly and we were promised that they would address our QR code problem.
We arrived at 10 am as the church opened so it was quiet. I would try to avoid busy times and be aware that sometimes church services may restrict access. The church is near to the river and is an easy walk from the Royal Shakespeare theatre.
Written 7 October 2023
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TruthBToldUSA
United States21 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
My husband and I walked into the church and was immediately greeted with a warm welcome from Jeremy. It's a beautiful place of worship with phenomenal stain glass windows. Walking around the inside of the church is free and there is a 4 pounds charge to visit Shakespeare's grave, the baptismal font, the high altar and the beautifully carved wooden seats. It's well worth the fee! Our tour guide Susan was very knowledgeable about the history of the church and its significant ties to Shakespeare. Be sure to ask for a free volunteer guide, they are there to make your experience a memorable one.
Written 22 September 2023
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,502 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
If you're in Stratford you have to walk along the river and make the pilgrimage to Holy Trinity Church to visit Shakespeare's grave. It's free to enter the church but £4 to go up to the front to see the grave. If you've come this far, it's worth paying though. It's also a very beautiful historic church and the guide inside was very helpful and happy to answer questions.
Written 13 September 2023
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,525 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
A lovely sunny September afternoon was a splendid back drop for a charming wedding in this spectacular church. It was a pleasure to attend
Written 2 September 2023
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Diane B
14 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Beautiful church very busy..

On arrival I was turned away said dogs were not welcome.. told them she was very well behaved but he refused.. said people don’t pick up after them so priest refuses dogs in the church.. ( I said I do ) this made me quite sad I had just come from Warwick church and the people there made me so welcome.. The church was very busy and didn’t feel like a peaceful place of worship.. you also have to pay £4 to look at Shakespeare grave ..this should be a choice not a necessary..
Written 2 September 2023
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Ian Of Darlington
18 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Helpful team. Lovely church. Free to enter so do not begrudge the £4 charge to see Shakespeare Grave. Donation too for upkeep of church for others to enjoy not begrudged. Nice walk up from Bancroft Basin along river path.
Written 31 August 2023
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Stephanie P
United Kingdom181 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I felt so emotional seeing the graves of the Shakespeares. Lovely tour guides full of fascinating facts and the qr codes are great for more info. Well worth visiting here especially as it’s just a short walk from Shakespeare’s birthplace and it completes his Earthly story.
Written 30 August 2023
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The M
48 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
When in Stratford…
Every one makes this ‘ pilgrimage’ to Shakespeare’s resting place.
Lovely church and staff who obviously care you’ve taken time to come see it
Great phone based apps for info too. Saves on paper guides.
Lovely walk along river to get there and back too via the RSC Dell.
Written 26 August 2023
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