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Cultural Exploration: Discover 6 Galleries and Museums in Stratford-upon-Avon

Cultural Exploration: Discover 6 Galleries and Museums in Stratford-upon-Avon

Are you looking to explore the culture that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer? Sitting upon the River Avon, and steeped in history and culture, this riverside town is most famous for being the birthplace of Shakespeare. In this blog, we’re exploring the best galleries and museums in Stratford-upon-Avon…
Interactive museum cultural exploration

Museums in Stratford-upon-Avon | The MAD Museum

If you’re looking for museums in Stratford-upon-Avon, the interactive Mechanical Art and Design Museum is certainly not one to miss.

Interact with buttons, handles, lights and sound effects, and release your inner inventor whilst experiencing the educational stories behind each art piece. 

The UK’s only permanent venue for mechanical art, promoting science, technology and engineering, it promises plenty of fun for all the family. The art on display is sourced from all over the world and almost every item is interactive, encouraging people of all ages to get stuck in!

It’s described as a “fantastic playground for adults, and a perfect treasure-trove for inquisitive kids.” 

The Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company | Museums in Stratford-upon-Avon

Discover 100 years of theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company

A one-of-a-kind museum, dedicated to the famous playwright, you can discover the intricate costumes and props used on stage, along with a rare copy of Shakespeare’s first folio. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to try on virtual costumes in a digital dressing room — and even perform in front of a virtual audience. 

Followed by a guided theatre tour of the backstage areas, and a sneak view of Shakespeare’s home town from the Theatre Tower, you can immerse yourself in the full Shakespeare experience.

Stratford upon Avon Tour

Experience Museums in Stratford-upon-Avon | Tudor World

The award winning museum, Tudor World, is set in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Discover life as a Tudor through recreations of different areas of Tudor life. From pubs to plagues, you’ll learn all about the major events of the 16th-century. You’ll also be able to sit at an Elizabethan dining table, take a rest in a 4 poster bed, and perch on the throne! 

Listed as a historic Grade 2 building, Tudor World is enriched with history, while offering fun for all the family. The museum offers Shakespeare tours and ghost tours, along with quizzes and prizes, so you can test your knowledge!

Gallery cultural exploration

Discover the Montpellier Gallery

The Montpellier Gallery is an established independent craft gallery that opened in 1989. 

Showcasing a range of fine art, such as studio glass, contemporary jewellery, and ceramics, visiting the gallery makes for a wonderful afternoon activity. 

Set in a 400 year old building, along Stratford’s famous ‘Historic Spine’, you can wander  through its three adjoining rooms, experiencing beautiful art pieces from over 250 artists and creators. 

Shakespeare Guildhall

Explore Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall

Explore the room where William Shakespeare was educated — and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright — in Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall

This authentic experience allows you to bask in the atmosphere of the mediaeval building that holds a unique part of history. Enhance your knowledge with stories from passionate guides and learn all about Shakespeare’s family. 

You can also take part in a traditional Tudor lesson, and practise Latin whilst dressing up in Tudor clothing!

Magic Alley

Magic Alley | Speciality Museums in Stratford-upon-Avon

Dive into the tricks and spells of the Magic Alley.

This magical attraction and emporium invites you to join interactive quests with fairies, unicorns and dragons, taking you to another world beyond the humble streets of Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Inside, you can practise magic spells, as well as discover unique prints, books, candles, games and gifts, in the spellbinding emporium. 


Magic Alley is a puzzle based, interactive experience that takes you on a quest and, with different themes throughout the year that cater to different ages, there’s a story for everyone.

Billesley Manor

Experience the Culture of Stratford-upon-Avon

Why not complete your cultural experience with a stay at Shakespeare’s favourite country hideaway?

From classic bedrooms to luxury suites, find a suitable escape for you and the family here at Billesley Manor

Discover the historical story of our stunning property, whilst you explore our expertly-manicured hotel grounds.

Contact a member of our team today to arrange your stay!

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