The Holy Trinity Church has been used as a place of worship for over 700 years. It was first documented in 845AD, with the current building opening in the 13th century. It is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised, served as a lay rector of the church, and where he is buried.
The church itself is Stratford’s oldest building, in a prime position on the banks of the River Avon. It has been England’s most visited parish church for generations.
Shakespeare’s final resting place is found in the 15th century chancel. A funerary monument to the Bard is located on a wall alongside his grave. Each year, on the Saturday closest to St. George’s Day, the alleged date Shakespeare died, the Holy Trinity Church hosts a pageant consisting of thousands of volunteers processing through the town before laying flowers on Shakespeare’s grave. This pageant is traditionally organised by current students at Shakespeare’s school, the King Edward VI Grammar School.
Opening times between the months of March and October are 9AM to 5PM Monday-Saturday and 12:30PM to 5PM on Sundays. Scheduled closures for weddings and other events can often be quite frequent, as the Holy Trinity is still a fully functioning Parish church. Therefore, it is imperative to plan your visit in advance. Details of such closures can be found on the Holy Trinity Church’s website or by telephoning ahead of your visit.
Admission to the Holy Trinity Church is free, however a suggested donation of £2 for adults and £1 for concessions and children is suggested in order to maintain the standards and upkeep that such a busy place requires.
Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BG