Get closer to the world of theatre on a tour and enjoy spectacular views from our Tower.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre is now open for daily performances, together with our Rooftop Restaurant, and our Riverside Cafe is operating a takeaway service. Our tours and hire services remain closed for now. We look forward to welcoming you back to Stratford. Find out more

Our tours last one hour and depart from the cloakroom. Please arrive at least five minutes before the start time. Make sure you get a space by booking in advance - online or by calling our Box Office on 01789 331111.

We want to make everything we do accessible to all our visitors - find tours and tower access information.

Why not TRY an Explorer Pass?

As well as a Theatre Tour, our Explorer Pass also lets you enjoy the stunning views of Shakespeare’s home town from the top of the Tower, and to take a journey through 100 years of theatre-making secrets at our exhibition, The Play’s The Thing, all on one day.

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Audition tour

groups on a guided tour 

Whether you’ve never been here before or you’re a regular visitor, there’s plenty to discover on our newest guided theatre tour. Starting at The Other Place, take a whistle-stop journey through the production cycle of a play

  • Peek inside our vast Costume Store and try on some of those used in rehearsals
  • Try out your Shakespeare – how would you fare in an audition?
  • Walk through our gardens to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with stories about making theatre



£9.00 per person

£5.00 for under 18s

£4.50 for disabled people and their companion

Group rate: £170 for up to 20 adults

BOOK tickets

Front of house

Theatre tours 

Guided tours exploring the public and private areas of the theatre.

  • Discover the origins of the RSC and our theatres in Stratford

  • Explore a production in more depth

  • Learn about the theatre making process


£7.00 per person

£4.50 for under 18s

£3.50 for disabled people and their companion

Group rate: £120 for up to 20 adults


From Page to Stage

Dressing room - behind the scenes tour 

Discover the process of making a show and how a play makes its way from page to stage. This tour takes place at The Other Place – our creative hub for learning, research and development, where many of our shows begin.

  • Hear accounts of directors and actors about their rehearsal process
  • Learn how costumes and props used in rehearsals can influence the performance
  • See inside our vast Costume Hire store



£9.00 per person

£5.00 for under 18s

£4.50 for disabled people and their companion

Group rate: £170 for up to 20 adults

Group rates are available and start at £170 for up to 20 adults. Please phone our Box Office on 01789 331111


The Tower

The RSC tower 

Enjoy panoramic views of Stratford-upon-Avon and beyond from our Tower.

A lift will take you up to the viewing platform and, as you descend via the stairs, you will discover an exhibition installed on the walls and in the alcoves. Our friendly staff will be on hand to answer your questions.


You can get two free kids' (under 16) tickets with every full price adult ticket purchased Monday to Friday during Warwickshire school holidays.


Summer opening times (March to October):

  • Sunday - Friday, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturdays and weekday matinee days, 10am - 12.15pm, 2pm - 5pm

Winter opening times (October to March): 

  • Sunday to Friday, 10am - 4.30pm
  • Weekday matinee days, 10am - 12.15pm, 2pm - 4.30pm
  • Saturdays, 10am - 12.15pm

Please note that if there is a performance or event in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Tower will be closed during that time.


£3 adult/ £1.50 child/ £1 RSC Member

Children must be accompanied by an adult



Tea in the Swan Cafe 

Combine your tour with delicious refreshments and a Tower visit. Enjoy tea or coffee served with pastries or scone, jam and cream.

We have a range of exclusive packages for groups on selected dates throughout the year, starting from £219 for 20 people. To discuss which package will work for you and make a booking call 01789 272237 or email

Behind the scenes

Dressing room - behind the scenes tour 

Our experienced tour guides will take you backstage to explore the public and private areas of the theatre. Learn about the theatre making process and see for yourself how some of it happens, as well as exploring a production in more depth and finding out about the history of the RSC and our theatres in Stratford.


£9.00 per person

£5.00 for under 18s

£4.50 for disabled people and their companion

Group rate: £170 for up to 20 adults


Open air tours

Open air tours 

Get outdoors into the beautiful gardens surrounding our theatres and discover the story behind the founding of the Royal Shakespeare Company. You will explore our buildings from the outside and learn more about the history of theatre in Shakespeare's home town. 

Most of this tour takes place outside and the route is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The backstage areas and the auditoria are not part of these tours.

prices and booking

For up to 7 people - £100
For 8 - 24 people - £160 (larger groups can be accommodated)

Open Air Tours are available on request. For bookings email

Family Fun Tour

Backstage discovery tour

Come and look behind the scenes with the whole family! Take a whistle stop look at how we put on a show, make our costumes and achieve our amazing special effects. Finish off with a visit to our interactive exhibition The Play's The Thing, unlocking all the secrets of theatre-making magic!

Tour lasts 30 minutes and we recommend an hour for The Play's The Thing. Available on selected dates through half-term. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Please meet in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre foyer by the Cloakroom.

prices and booking

£3 child
£6 adult


Tours for school visits

Tours for school groups

All of our tours can be tailored for school visits - just let us know the ages of the students taking part when booking and we will do the rest. Please note that one adult is required for every 10 students.

To book a school tour contact our Education Box Office at or call 01789 403434. This line is answered by a specialist Education team from 8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday during term time.

Curtain call: dates coming soon

Curtain call tour

Keep the buzz of the curtain call going as you join us straight after the show for this unique opportunity to absorb the after-show atmosphere of the theatre.

  • Delve straight into the world of the show you’ve just seen
  • Follow in the footsteps of the actors you’ve just watched to discover the secrets behind the play
  • Step through the auditorium and onto the stage, before going into the wings and, after your tour, exiting through our famous Stage Door

The tour lasts 45 minutes and departs from the cloakroom after the show (subject to show finish times). Please check with Box Office for start times. 

Tickets are limited so you need to book in advance. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can discuss these with you.


There can be a significant amount of walking involved but all our tour routes are fully accessible and audio amplification headsets are available. The Tower is fully accessible by lift.

Before our audio-described shows, visitors can also join one of our Touch Tours, where you will be escorted to the stage to see, touch and feel the set and costumes, and possibly meet some of the actors from the play. The tour is free but must be booked at the same time as your ticket for the audio-described show. 

Find out more about Access at the RSC