Stratford-Upon-Avon Tudor History Walk, Stratford-upon-Avon (Self Guided)

Stratford-Upon-Avon is an old medieval market town with a great history, and it was founded in the middle of the 12th century. As it is Shakespeare's hometown, you'll find it filled with period houses of the Tudor period. Many of them have been kept in their original state, since the 16th century, and their classic black and white appearance marks the Tudor architectural tradition.
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Stratford-Upon-Avon Tudor History Walk Map

Guide Name: Stratford-Upon-Avon Tudor History Walk
Guide Location: England » Stratford-upon-Avon (See other walking tours in Stratford-upon-Avon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Author: ChristineT
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Falstaff's Experience

1) Falstaff's Experience

Falstaff's Experience is a museum about Tudor history, set in one of the oldest houses in Stratford-Upon-Avon, which is known as the Shrieves House. Certain parts of it are reported to be from the 12th century. The museum is a site for learning about Tudor life and times, and it has period settings of rooms' interior décor and period gowns. The museum is set up as a labyrinth and also boasts that it's haunted. A former owner of this place used to be the inspiration for one of Shakespeare's most endearing characters –- Sir John Falstaff.

Operation hours: Daily 10.30 am - 5.30 pm.
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Harvard House

2) Harvard House

Harvard House is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT). It was built in 1596 by Thomas Rogers, grandfather of the benefactor of Harvard University, John Harvard, and was the home of Harvard's mother.

Harvard House became the Museum of British Pewter after the donation to the SBT of the Neish Pewter Collection in 1995, and includes items ranging from Roman times to the 1930s, but has a strong core of 16th- and 17th-century pewter.
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Garrick Inn

3) Garrick Inn

The Garrick Inn is known as the oldest standing pub in Stratford-Upon-Avon. A traditional half-timbered Tudor-period house, painted in black and white, the inn was said to have been established in the 14th century. The inside décor is authentic, with original beams and wood features kept in good condition. The pub was named after David Garrick, a famous actor who starred in Shakespeare's plays. The Garrick Inn is located on High Street, and whilst standing next door to the famous Harvard House, both black and white houses do blend in.
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Shakespeare Hotel

4) Shakespeare Hotel

The picturesque Mercure Shakespeare Hotel is a another Tudor-period house, which dates back to the 16th century. Located at Capel Street, the building's facade is traditionally painted in black and white and all of the street frontage part of the hotel is kept in its original state. The gabled building has a Grade 1 listing and is of national architectural and historical interest.
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Falcon Hotel

5) Falcon Hotel

The three-story timbered Falcon Hotel is a quintessential 16th century Tudor-period inn, located at the corner of Chapel Street and Scholars Lane. The traditional Tudor black and white historic building is carefully restored and is Grade 1 listed. The location served as a town residence and an inn for a few centuries.
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Guild Chapel

6) Guild Chapel

The Guild Chapel, located at the corner of Chapel Lane and Church Street, towers over the old and crouching houses of Stratford. The beautiful Gothic chapel was founded in the middle of the 13th century by brethren of the Guild of the Holy Cross. After the 16th century's Church Reformation, the brethren had lost its influence and authority. Certain parts of the chapel's walls still stand, from when it was first built. The nave and the tower were added in the 15th century. While playing an important part in Stratford's social life, the chapel also served as a permanent place of worship for the residents of the grammar school next door.
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King Edward VI School

7) King Edward VI School

King Edward VI School is a boys grammar school and academy. It is generally believed that William Shakespeare attended this school, leading to the label of "Shakespeare's School".

Given the age of the school it is not surprising to find a wide variety of architectural styles on the site ranging from the fifteenth-century Guildhall to the Denis Dyson science building opened in 2008. The historic part of the school is still used.

The ground-floor of the Guildhall, where the town council of Shakespeare's time met and where travelling players performed - the holes for the rods to hold the temporary stage are still visible - is currently used as a library. On the first floor the old Council Chamber, known since Victorian times as "Big School", is the room in which William Shakespeare is believed to have been taught and is still used for teaching.

The building known as Pedagogue's House across the courtyard currently houses the school office, the offices of the Headmaster, the two deputy headmasters and the School Archive. Pedagogue's House, first built in 1427 and believed to be the oldest half-timbered schoolroom in England, is attached to the Old Vicarage where the Headmaster lives. Adjacent to the school site is the Guild Chapel, founded by the medieval Guild of the Holy Cross and now owned by the Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Brass Rubbing Center

8) Brass Rubbing Center

The Brass Rubbing Center is a unique Tudor experience. The Center has a wide collection of medieval and Tudor-period brasses and an archive of patterns of various designs, all available for making a personal rubbing for your own use. The quick and informative instruction will allow visitors to make a brass rubbing, depicting traditional themes of knights, ladies, social customs and various social scenes.

Walking Tours in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Tour

Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Stratford-Upon-Avon Waterside Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Stratford-Upon-Avon Charlecote Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon Charlecote Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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Stratford-Upon-Avon Landmarks Tour

Stratford-Upon-Avon Landmarks Tour

Stratford-Upon-Avon has many interesting landmarks, many of which are from the Victorian era. A tour around Waterside and High Streets has some architecturally remarkable buildings, especially the bank buildings, the old ones, and those on Market Cross. Some attractive sites and landmarks are located by riverbanks and they are always full of outdoors enthusiasts.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Stratford-upon-Avon for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Stratford-upon-Avon, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.