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Special Options for Groups
We offer a range of exclusive After-Hours Tours and Special Interest Talks, allowing you and your group intimate access to the Shakespeare Houses. A truly special and unique opportunity to enhance any visit to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Advanced booking is required, but all of these options can be easily booked prior to your visit with our Groups team. You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org by telephone on 01789 201806
Special Interest Talks
For those new to the Shakespeare story:
All About Shakespeare From £4.41 pp
Everything you need to know about Shakespeare in a nutshell. This 45 minute illustrated talk tells you about Shakespeare’s life and times in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Learn about the man himself, his childhood, his schooldays, his early married life and his illustrious writing career. From birth to death and everything Shakespearean in between.
For the nature lover and gardener:
Garden Tours From £7.94 pp
Informative guided tours with a member of our award-winning Gardens Team at your choice of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or Hall’s Croft. (Price also includes admission to the house.)
For the Shakespeare and Theatre fan:
Setting The Scene From £7.06 pp
A pre-performance talk examining the literary and historical context of your chosen play and its performance history. This hour long talk can be delivered at the Shakespeare Centre, or Hall’s Croft prior to seeing your chosen performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Why not combine the talk with dinner at the Hall’s Croft restaurant to extend the magic? Please check with our Groups team for availability and options.
For the Shakespeare and History enthusiast:
Hidden Treasures From £15.44 pp
Enjoy exclusive access to a selection of the precious treasures held in our Library and Archive. View early editions of Shakespeare’s works and original documents relating to Shakespeare and his family. Also displayed are production photos, prompt books and multi-media materials from the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre archives. This is an addition not to be missed to any visit at the SBT.
For the Shakespeare aficionado:
Shakespeare’s Will From £7.06 pp
A talk outlining the facts, problems, rumours and reality surrounding Shakespeare’s final document – his will. Was the ‘second best bed’ a good thing or an insult for Shakespeare to leave his wife, Anne? Why don’t we know what books Shakespeare had in his inventory? How much money did Shakespeare have when he died? What do we think we know about his relationship with his two daughters? All will be revealed in this interesting lecture.
The full VIP Treatment: exclusive access tours with delicious catering and Shakespearean entertainment
The Birthplace Grand Tour £29.95 pp
Join us for an evening of entertainment at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Your group will be welcomed with wine and canapés upon arrival, along with entertainment from our fantastic Shakespeare Aloud! actors. One of our experienced guides will then lead you on a tour of Shakespeare’s childhood home, where actors bring the past to life with performances throughout the house. To round off the evening the tour ends with a sample of the traditional Tudor drink ‘mead’.
Sparkling Shakespeare £24.95 pp
Enjoy a memorable evening in a unique setting. Your group will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of delicious canapés, along with entertainment from our fantastic Shakespeare Aloud! actors. One of our knowledgeable guides will then take your group on a private tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
Private tours: exclusive access outside of public opening hours
Shakespeare Alive!* From £15.44 pp
Join us for an atmospheric tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Our costumed guides vividly bring to life Shakespeare’s early years and the influences this time had on his celebrated works.
Meet the Gardener* From £13.24 pp
Enjoy exclusive access to one of the beautiful Shakespeare gardens. With a choice of either Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or Hall’s Croft, you and your group will join a senior member of our gardens team on a guided tour, highlighting areas of interest and sharing with you their wealth of knowledge and experience on the plants, flowers and herbs which make up our beautiful historic gardens. Please note this does not include a visit to the House.
Optional extras to enhance your Private tour:
Please note, these products are only available to be added to the Shakespeare Alive! and Meet the Gardener tours.
Shakespeare Aloud! £5.00 pp
Enjoy excerpts from Shakespeare’s works performed exclusively for your group by our fantastic Shakespeare Aloud! actors.
Wine & Canapés £8.00 pp
Enhance you evening with a selection of our delicious canapés and our fantastic house wines.