Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
About
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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  • lamarbradley
    Nashville, Tennessee1,231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Russell H
    Wincanton, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A warm welcome
    The church is a short walk from the high street and worth the effort. It is well organised for visitors with plenty to see and a physical or downloadable guide. Very helpful guides on hand to answer questions. Great to see such an active church.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 July 2023
  • James N
    Ipswich, United Kingdom138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic building
    This is a beautiful building with amazing architecture and fantastic stained glass windows. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable and although not impressed with having to pay extra to see Shakespeare’s grave it was worth the money and definitely something. We were pleased to have done while visiting Stratford.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • William M
    Glasgow, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit!
    What a beautiful historic church which is the burial site of William Shakespeare and members of his family. The church itself is magnificent with beautiful architecture down to the smallest details. The peaceful atmosphere is amazing! With alot of history involved aswell. Payment is involved to view the burial site and any further donations can be made to help with the upkeep of the church.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • UKSnorkeller
    United Kingdom575 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the lovely walk down by the river, peaceful spot
    This was one of the highlights of our recent visit to Stratford upon Avon. It’s a lovely walk from the town down by the river to the church. The volunteers were welcoming and knowledgeable. You pay £4 to see Shakespeare’s final resting place alongside his wife Anne Hathaway. We found the recently planted trees in the churchyard for Hamnet and Judith moving.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • The M
    210 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full circle
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Ian Of Darlington
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely church. Helpful team
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • BackinBracknell
    Bracknell, United Kingdom1,500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • TruthBToldUSA
    United States101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See!
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Tracey W
    Cardiff, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a Hidden Gem !
    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
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
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Edgar Sélstyr
Widnes, UK6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I visited Holy Trinity Church on the 19th April during Shakespeare's birthday celebrations.

I am not of the Christian faith, my preference is paganism, so I had a pentagram round my neck. I visited Shakespeare's grave and took some photographs of the flowers adorning the graves. I was just about to take a photograph of the funeral effigy, when a church assistant came up to me and asked "are you done". I was taken aback by this, so instead asked directions to the cenetaph of Hugh Clopton, the assistant took me to the effigy and gave me some facts, then pretty much herded me back to the entrance door.

I did not enjoy the visit, a lovely building on the outside though.
Written 14 May 2024
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Holy Trinity Church is located on the banks of the river Avon. Its absolute peace and quiet and a stunningly beautiful sight.
Written 18 March 2024
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RuthieJ
19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 States101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK1,500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK9,640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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