On a recent trip to Stratford-upon-Avon which incidentally is very accessible, we took a stroll by the river. This pleasant walk led us past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, through Avonbank Gardens and onto Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare himself is buried.
When we decided to visit Stratford-upon-Avon we hadn’t planned on visiting William Shakespeare’s grave. In fact, it hadn’t dawned on us he was buried there, so it was a pleasant surprise when we saw the sign which read: “This Way to Shakespeare’s Grave”.
After admiring the river cruisers, we started our walk outside the theatre on Waterside.
Your eyes are immediately drawn to a tree growing up the front of a house. I think you’ll agree this is quite an unusual tree …
It was also nice to see an authentic red phone box, I can’t remember the last time I saw one of these. I was tempted to nip to make a phone call but didn’t.
The road is flat and it’s a short walk past the theatre and into Avonbank Gardens. There’s an easy access route to the gardens which is clearly marked.
One thing I did notice was the old street lamps. They were all donated/sponsored by other towns and cities, each proudly displaying their emblems. The hordes of schoolchildren were following a route and marking these lamps off their list as they went along?
Once in the gardens, it’s a nice stroll on the banks of the river. The level path of stone and gravel dwindles its way through the manicured grounds until eventually arriving at the gates of Holy Trinity Church.
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church or as it is fondly known Shakespeare’s Church sits on the banks of the River Avon. Records suggest people have worshipped here since 713 when a Saxon monastery stood on the site.
The current church dates back to 1210 with additions in 1300’s and 1400’s. The imposing Grade One listed building is currently undergoing renovations but was fully open when we visited.
Entrance is via the inner porch, there is a low door and portable wheelchair ramp which the kind lady in the shop helped me place.
Sadly I didn’t take a photo of the ramp because I was pushing Bridget, but it’s sturdy and not too steep. I did take these photos around the graveyard and inside the church:
Just after I’d taken this shot of the tree white doves flew out from the church window, I was gutted I didn’t get them in the picture!
After wandering around the outside of Holy Trinity and taking a few minutes to ponder its majesty, it was time to take a look inside.
Remember, Holy Trinity is a functioning church so please be respectful. It is sometimes closed to visitors when special services are taking place and any money raised via donations or the small fee charged to visit Shakespeare’s grave helps to maintain the church so please give if you can!
For up to date information about the life of the church and services visit: Holy Trinity Stratford-upon-Avon
The Friends of Shakespeare’s Church is a registered charity which fundraises and contributes to the costs associated with renovating the church, do take a look at their website.
Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
Although most will visit the church because of its connection with William Shakespeare there is more to it than that. There is so much history, beauty and faith in this building it’s impossible not to connect with it.
If there is one place I’m glad we visited in Stratford-upon-Avon and there were many, it has to be Holy Trinity Church. Yes, I’m glad we got to see William Shakespeare’s grave but that was a bonus, the church is worth visiting in its own right and I encourage you to do so.