Residential Courses

Bookshelf of Shakespeare's plays

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has been running bespoke courses for visiting students of all levels from across the globe for over 40 years. What better place to study William Shakespeare than in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon?

Right next door to Shakespeare's Birthplace we have one of the most extensive Shakespeare libraries and performance archives in the world. Nearby you will find all of the family homes associated with Shakespeare's life and times and of course the theatres of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Our courses are designed for groups of 10 participants or more. Though aimed primarily at University students, they are also enjoyed by other adult groups such as teachers and Shakespeare societies across the world. Courses can even be tailored to suit older school groups (aged 15 upwards) and we have many regular visits from international schools.


Create Your Ideal Course

In order to help you shape your ideal course please download the first document here which is a list of  sessions and actvities which can be combined to create your bespoke course. Courses can run at any time of year and may be anything from one day to two weeks in duration.

Special Interest Shakespeare Courses

Course elements - a list of sessions and activites which can be combined into a course.

To help you see how these elements might be combined feel free to explore the following examples of how a course might be structured. 

Sample 1 - a long and varied university course

Sample 2 - a shorter, simpler university course

Sample 3 - a short course for a school group

If you wish to make a booking please download our terms and conditions document and then contact the team at


Residential Courses in Action

The following video was made by students at Hanover College, describing their visit to Stratford.


This video comes from Furman University students, showing the Renaissance dance class they undertook as part of their residential course.

How to book

How to book