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, and it hadn’t dawned on us he was buried there, so it was a pleasant surprise when we saw the sign. “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 lovely 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, 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 pleasant 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 had worshipped here since 713 when a Saxon monastery stood on the site.
The current church dates back to 1210, with additions in the 1300s and 1400s. The imposing Grade One listed building is currently undergoing renovations but was fully open when we visited.
The entrance is via the inner porch. There is a low door and portable wheelchair ramp, which the kind lady in the shop helped me put in 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:
After taking this tree shot, 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 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 for visiting Shakespeare’s grave helps maintain the church. So please give if you can!
For up to date information about the church’s life and services, visit Holy Trinity Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Friends of Shakespeare’s Church is a registered charity that 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, it has more 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 happy 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.