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Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church

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HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, STRATFORD UPON AVON

A warm welcome awaits you at Holy Trinity Church, one of England's finest and most visited parish churches. Since 1210 people have worshipped within the building offering praise to God through his Son, Jesus Christ, and in power of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Trinity Church in its garden setting by the river Avon remains very much as it was in William Shakespeare's day. Yet the lovely church where the great playwright lies buried has a fascinating 800 year history of change and counter-change.

The nave built of limestone from the Cotswold Hill, represents 200 years of architectural development. The pillars date from 1280 whist the arches are 14th century and the clerestory 15th century. As a whole the nave represents a fine example of Perpendicular architecture.

The Clopton (or Lady) Chapel features the tomb of George Carew, Earl of Totnes and Baron Clopton (1555-1629) and Joyce, his wife which has frequently been described as the finest Renaissance tomb in England.

The fine chancel was built in 1480 from local Warwickshire stone. It is dominated by the east window, which is built in Perpendicular style. In common with several other medieval churches, Holy Trinity has a 'weeping chancel' with a displacement to the north of over 1 metre. The term refers to the position of Christ's head on the Cross. The stalls and misericords have been in continuous use for over 500 years. The misericords reflect life in the 15th century with depictions of birds, beasts and demons, as well as most aspects of human behaviour. The chained bible on display in the chancel is an example of a first edition of the King James Authorized Version, printed in 1611.

The chancel is the resting place of William Shakespeare, his wife Anne, his daughter Susannah and son in law John Hall. Along with Thomas Nash who married William's grand-daughter. Above the grave is the memorial to Shakespeare sculptured by Gerard Johnson within a few years of the playwright's death.

During your visit to Holy Trinity we hope you will experience a sense of awe. Many come to visit Shakespeare's grave not realising that the church is still an active and living place of worship. Our hope and prayer is that all our visitors will pause to find something beyond the building.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for groupsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesSpanish signs/guidesWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Spring/Autumn opening hours (March and October)
Monday-Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12.30pm - 5pm
Last admission 20 mins before closing

Summer opening hours (April-September)
Monday-Saturday: 8.30am - 6pm
Sunday: 12.30 pm - 5 pm
Last admission 20 mins before closing

Winter opening hours (November-February)
Monday-Saturday: 9 am - 4pm
Sunday: 12.30 pm - 5 pm
Last admission 20 mins before closing

Good Friday and Christmas: Church open for services - No access to Shakespeares's grave.
Close on Boxing day and New Year day.

Prices

Free entry

In order to keep the Church open 7 days a week for visitors, pilgrims, tourists and worshippers, we ask that those wishing to visit Shakespeare's grave make a donation of £1.50 (Students 50 pence).

Contact

Carolyn Smith

01789 266316

Address

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

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Directions

Plan route to Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SP 199545  Lat: 52.18848 Long: -1.70913

From Stratford Tourist Information Centre, cross over the road towards the river and go along Waterside. Follow this road right round for about 400m. You will see Holy Trinity Church on your left.

Parking: with charge

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
  • paved path

  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 1
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Notes

Braile guide on request.