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

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.


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£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

Audition 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
  • Take the chance to try out your Shakespeare and see how you'd fare in an audition
  • Walk through our gardens to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with stories about the theatre making process
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Behind the scenes tour


£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

Behind the scenes

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


From Page to Stage tour


£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

From page to stage 

Discover the incredible process as a play makes its way from page to stage at The Other Place.

  • Hear accounts of directors and actors about their rehearsal process
  • Discover how costumes and props used in rehearsals can influence the performance
  • Peek into the vast Costume Hire store

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

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View of costumes at the bottom of a spiral staircase


£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

Front of house 

Tour the Front of House areas of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. 

  • Journey from the beginnings of the theatre in 1879 to the modern day
  • Hear behind the scenes secrets
  • Learn how costumes are made and how effects are achieved


people in costume standing on stage on a metal grille floor bowing to the audience


£9.00 per person

£5.00 for under 18s

£4.50 for disabled people and their companion

Curtain call

Join us straight after the show for this unique opportunity to absorb the after-show atmosphere of the theatre.

  • Keep the buzz of the curtain call going as you delve straight into the world of the show you’ve just seen.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the actors you’ve just seen on the stage and discover the secrets behind the play.
  • Step through the auditorium and right onto the stage, before journeying into the wings and exiting through the 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.



Open air tours

Open air

Most of this tour takes place outside and the route is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

  • Discover the story behind the founding of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Explore the theatre buildings and surrounding gardens
  • Learn more about the history of theatre in Shakespeare's home town

The backstage areas and the auditoria are not part of these tours.

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


Tours for school visits

Tours for school visits

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 on


A family enjoying the views from the Tower



£3.00 per person

£1.50 for under 18s

£1 per person for RSC Members

£1 for disabled people

£1 with a valid tour ticket

The 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.


Our summer opening times (March to October) are:

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

Our winter opening times (October to March) are: 

  • 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.



Tea in the Swan Cafe

Refreshment packages for groups 

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


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.

Access at the RSC