Right in the centre of town, down a little cobbled alley off Sheep Street, is a 16th-century barn steeped in rich and exciting history and with literary connections to William Shakespeare himself, on a site that dates back to the birth of the town in the late 12th century and the history of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is Tudor World, an independent museum where different areas of Tudor life are recreated, interweaved with stories of the building’s rich history.
Tudor World is an award-winning attraction offering a vast range of historical and spooky events. Curious wanderers of all ages are made to feel like one of Henry VIII’s subjects as they wander through the museum, which consists of a series of 16th-century recreations depicting various aspects of Tudor life in an exciting atmospheric setting.
Discover what life was really like during Shakespeare’s time. Sit at a feast; lie down on a four poster bed; go in the pillories; write with a quill and take part in a witch trial!
The authentically-attired staff also lead a series of tours and ghostly walks, making the most of the town’s rich history by involving guests in an interactive and authentic environment.
When the museum closes, the lights are off, the day staff have gone home and the town winds down, the night staff come to work and the guided ghost tours begin! Tudor World’s Guided Ghost Tours take place within the building by lantern light where knowledgable night guides relate stories and ghost sightings within the building.
On Saturdays at 2pm Master Shakespeare comes back through time to guide you through his beloved town of Stratford upon Avon. Through one of Tudor World’s talented actors, William Shakespeare relates tales of his family, inspirations from the town, bits of his plays and sonnets and the period in time in which he lived. The tour is the life and times of William Shakespeare, related in an interactive and entertaining way as the tour group is guided through his home town! The tour meets at the Tudor World Museum then proceeds to his Birthplace; then goes to his children’s houses; New Place; his school and ends at his final resting place .You will see all the major buildings associated with Shakespeare’s life from birth to death and some of the town’s history (from the outside only!).
Days: 10.30am – 5.30pm.
Nights: 6pm every evening. 6/7/8/9pm on Saturdays. Duration: 60-80 minutes.
Town tours: 2pm on Saturdays. Duration: 90-120 minutes.
Tudor World museum is run and owned by husband and wife team, Janet & John Ford and a dedicated team of part-time actors and enthusiasts. The museum has no funding or grants and relies completely on visitors to help in the upkeep of the historic building. Despite limited resources, this plucky museum tries to put in as much ‘punch’ as possible with interactive elements: such as furniture you can sit on; pillories to pose in; quill writing – and a media table which you can explore more of the history of the building as well as the Tudors!