History Weekend

Priority booking open to Patrons of the British History Patreon from 21st August

Booking open to all from Tuesday 29th August

28th - 30th June 2024

Fully Escorted Tour | Small Groups As Standard | Financial Failure Protection cover on all Tour Bookings | All Breakfasts and Dinners Included

Tour Details

The name William Shakespeare and the fame of his work endures, even 400 years after his death. He died in the same town in which he was born, Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire. This beautiful and historic town, sat on the swan-filled River Avon, is the perfect place to explore the man and his work.

Dr Katrina Marchant, a Shakespeare scholar and presenter of 'Reading the Past' channel on YouTube, is the lead historian for this weekend tour. 

You can expect all the luxury and quality of one of our longer tours on this, our first, short tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Co-hosted by Dr Katrina Marchant

  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, Schoolroom and Burial Place.

  • Three Talks from Dr Kat

  • A Show at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon

Hever Castle ©P Brewell

The Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Friday 28th June

    Welcome Reception. Opening Talk. Theatre Show

    Meet in Stratford upon Avon at The Arden Hotel. This beautiful hotel, a favourite of the stars, will be our base for the weekend. 

    A welcome reception will be followed by our first talk of the weekend, from Dr Katrina Marchant, about Shakeapeare's time in Stratford upon Avon and the significance of the places we will be visiting, to his life and work.

    A pre-theatre dinner will be followed by a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company, only a 'stones throw' from our hotel.

  • Day 2 - Saturday 29th June

    Shakespeare's Stratford Upon Avon. Talk

    Today you will get to visit the places within Stratford upon Avon, most strongly associated with William Shakespeare; his birthplace, schoolroom and grave. There will be some free time in the middle of the day for you to get lunch in the town.

    This evening's talk from Dr Kat Marchant will be a focus on the play which we will have seen on the previous night (which production we will be seeing will be confirmed once the theatre has released their programme).

    We will then enjoy a 3-course dinner at The Arden hotel.

  • Day 3 - Sunday 30th June

    Final Talk. Farewells

    Our final talk for this weekend tour from Dr Kat will take a delve into Shakespeare beyond Stratford; the player, the playwright and what his life in London may have looked like.

    We then say our final farewells.

What's Included

Memorial at the Tower of London
  • 2 Nights Luxury Accommodation

  • Dinners and Breakfasts, as stated

  • Three Talks from Dr Katrina Marchant

  • Resident Historian for the tour - Dr Katrina Marchant

  • Dedicated Tour Manager - Philippa Lacey Brewell

  • All Admissions as stated

  • Seat for a Performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Tour Team

Dr Katrina Marchant

Dr Katrina Marchant

Dr Katrina Marchant is a historian, educator, freelance lecturer and the creator of the highly successful YouTube channel “Reading the Past.” As a freelance Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe, Katrina wrote and delivered lectures, workshops and tours for visiting higher education students. In these sessions she explored theatrical, social, material and literary history to provide context for the reconstructed spaces on the Globe site and the plays by William Shakespeare that are performed there. Katrina is also a live costumed historic interpreter at various heritage sites in the United Kingdom. Her interpretation work takes the form of first-person performance (both scripted and improvised) as various individuals from the span of British History. She was an expert contributor for: 5Select’s “Lady Rochford”; a documentary about the life and legacy of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford (Anne Boleyn’s sister-in-law), which was presented by Tracy Borman and that first aired in 2021; and, “The People's Piazza: A History of Covent Garden”, which explored the history of the site over the last 400 years, this documentary was presented by David Olusoga and first aired on BBC 2 in 2022. She earned her PhD in early modern literature and culture from the University of Sussex in 2015.
Philippa Lacey Brewell

Philippa Lacey Brewell

Philippa Lacey Brewell, owner of British History Tours, has a reputation second-to-none for incredible history tours. Her imagination combined with attention to detail means you can relax and enjoy the history you love, knowing that you will have an excellent time. Philippa is also known for her work as a history travel writer. She runs the popular British History channel on Youtube and the British History Patreon site, where she shares her knowledge and finds from travelling history.

  The Shakespeare in Stratford Tour
Ticket Price



Ticket Price


per person sharing a room

(Double Room for Single Person Occupancy, uplift of 50% Applies)

Photo Gallery

Holy Trinity Church

River Avon

Royal Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Schoolroom

The Arden Hotel

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