Shakespeare's School Room


Shakespeare's alma mater, King Edward VI School (still a prestigious grammar school today), incorporates a vast black-and-white timbered building, dating from 1420, that was once the town's guildhall, where Shakespeare's father John served as bailiff (mayor). In the Bard's former classroom, you can sit in on mock-Tudor lessons, watch a short film and test yourself on Tudor-style homework.

It's adjacent to the 1269-built Guild Chapel.

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3. Hall's Croft

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4. American Fountain

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5. MAD Museum

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6. Shakespeare's Birthplace

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7. Holy Trinity Church

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8. Gower Memorial

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