The Chapel is now open every day, 10am – 4pm. If you are visiting us, please maintain social distancing, wear masks unless exempt and keep to a maximum of 15 people in the Chapel at any one time.

Volunteers will be manning the Chapel on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. We would ask that large groups prebook by emailing:

Standing on the corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane, the Guild Chapel is one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s best-known and most important historic buildings.

Just across from Shakespeare’s final home at New Place, the Guild Chapel has long associations with the playwright and his family, and with the Clopton family too.

With a history dating back to 1269 it’s an integral and fascinating part of the history of our town, forming part of our estate.

The Chapel is home to some of the finest medieval wall paintings in Europe, covered up on orders given to Shakespeare’s father in the 16th century during the Reformation, and discovered under layers of limewash hundreds of years later.

Exciting works to conserve and showcase these paintings continues, led by the Town Trust and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Guild Chapel remains a place of worship, hosting regular recitals and events and opening daily, free to all visitors.


Volunteering opportunities are available at The Guild Chapel and may be of interest to you if you:

  • are interested in medieval history
  • love working as part of a team
  • like meeting people from all over the world
  • can spare a couple of hours each week


email: for more information.


The Chapel can be hired for performances, events and services, including Blessings, Christenings and Weddings (subject to a special licence). Please see the Chapel’s website for more, call 01789 207111 or email:

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