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Tudor World

Tudor World museum is open 364 days a year and has seasonal and regular events throughout this time.

Upcoming Events

The Museum

The museum is suitable for all ages, but you might wish to warn children there are figures in some of the exhibits to enhance the experience and atmospheric lighting.

There are lots of interactive elements: from a touchscreen; videos to choose from; a feast to sit at; a throne to perch on and a four poster bed to lie on. You can take part in a written witch trial; go in the stocks or try your hand at quill writing in the school room.

Tickets cost: £8 for adults, £7 for concessions and £4.50 for children. Family tickets are available. A quiz for the children is included in the price of entry.

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Shakespeare tour

Master Shakespeare* has come back through time and will guide you through his beloved town of Stratford upon Avon every Saturday at 2pm.

William will relate tales of his family, inspirations from the Town, parts of his plays and bring to life the period in time in which he lived. Shakespeare will include the Birthplace, Halls Croft, the Grammar School, the RSC, the Guild Chapel (which he will go in) and finally Holy Trinity Church.

Tours take about 90 minutes and tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children.

*Mrs Shakespeare / Anne Hathaway may also be giving tours on occasion.

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Ghost tour

Ghost tours take place after the museum is closed and the lights switched off! The live guide will relate stories and sightings within the building by lantern light.

The tours have been running since 2002 and the only tour to take place within one of the historic buildings of Stratford! Dare you enter this ancient old building after dark and discover the dark history of the building for yourself?

Tours run every night at 6pm and also at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm on Saturdays. Tickets cost £9.50 per person.

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Saturday 9th March 2024

Come and discover the hidden world of the magician at Tudor World this Saturday 9th March!  Join us at Tudor World museum to explore magic and superstition in the age of the Tudors. From Kings and Queens to the greatest playwrights of the age. Magic was everywhere. We will explore alchemy, the philosophers stone, the lure of great riches to the darkest arts imaginable. All included in the price of entry. Adult supervision recommended.

Easter Half Term activities

Saturday 30th March until Saturday 13th April 2024

Join us this Easter half term and discover what life was life in the Tudor times. A free quiz and prize for children.  Can you work out who stole the Easter Eggs? Please note there is a ‘escape-type’ Cipher sheet for older children / young adults available (free of charge).

Some history!

Good Friday

On Good Friday in Tudor times, people would attend the ceremony known as “Creeping to the Cross”. Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, and what it meant to people, were commemorated by the clergy creeping up to a crucifix held up before the altar on their hands and knees. When they got to the crucifix, they would kiss the feet of Christ. The crucifix was then taken down into the church for the congregation to do the same.

Good Friday was also the day for the preparation of the Easter Sepulchre. The sepulchre consisted of a stone or wooden niche, to represent Christ’s sealed tomb, which was filled with the consecrated host and an image of Christ. Once this was “sealed”, by covering it with a cloth, candles would be lit around it and members of the church would guard it, just as the Roman soldiers had done when the body of Christ was sealed in the cave.

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, the candles in the church and around the sepulchre would be extinguished and then the church lights re-lit by the priest from a fire. The sepulchre would be opened and Christ’s resurrection would be celebrated with a special mass.

The Easter Sunday mass marked the end of Lent, a period where people’s diets were restricted, so it was only natural to celebrate it with good food. Dairy products and meat were back on the menu and people would enjoy roasted meats like chicken, lamb and veal.