The Old Slaughterhouse

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  • The Old Slaughterhouse
  • Old Slaughterhouse Cafe
  • The Old Slaughterhouse external shot
  • The Old Slaughterhouse
  • Old Slaughterhouse Cafe


This Grade ll listed slaughterhouse is steeped in local heritage...

A hidden gem in the very heart of Stratford – The Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio is a place to visit, learn and explore. With seasonal exhibitions, events and a full workshop and activity programme.

After years of being boarded up and forgotten Escape Arts, funded by Stratford Town Trust, fully transformed this old slaughterhouse previously part of a long standing local business – Hensons Butchers, into a unique Heritage Arts Centre. The project has, for the first time, created a permanent central point to celebrate local heritage, to archive and to protect Stratford’s social, economic and cultural history for generations to come.

The Grade ll listed slaughterhouse is steeped in local heritage - records dating back to the early 17th century reveal it as a site for rope-making, wine merchants and then butchers. The building’s memorable name comes from the period when it was Henson’s Butchers. Founded in the late 19th century Hensons prospered as a family business which included an open fronted butchers shop as well as a food shop with the abattoir at the back.

Visit and explore - 

• Fascinating and engaging exhibitions programme inspired by Stratford’s history, it’s people, its buildings and businesses, celebrating local stories alongside archived materials not previously accessible.

• Take part in heritage themes activities linked to local festivals and events, visitor talks and living history experiences

• Sample scrumptious homemade cakes and mouth-watering chocolate brownies with local artisan rotisserie guest coffees in pop up vintage café.


Useful Information


The Old Slaughterhouse can be accessed of Sheep Street between Clinkard’s Shoe Shop and Weatherspoons or Bridge St via Red Lion Court.  Unless privately booked there is no public parking but there is a mobility car park adjacent to the building.

Admission and booking information 

Free entry to the main exhibition

Workshops and events – prices are variable, please see website for details or for workshop and event booking enquires, please email

Opening hours

Open to the public from Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm and Sunday 1-4pm




Facilities include...


Children friendly

Dog friendly

Heritage Shop

Venue hire available

Food and drink

Onsite cafe serving vintage afternoon teas served with home-made scones, home-made chocolate brownies/cakes and home-made jam.

Access information 

Accessible building, with ramps, accessible toilet

Special offers 

10% off with promotional leaflets

A free jelly and ice-cream for children with each adult paying for a hot drink


A stylish and truly unique meeting space

The Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio can provide bespoke and stylish space to host meetings and events.

We are able to accommodate a range of needs from intimate client focused one to one meetings in our café area, through to sole use of this unique heritage building and its associated service yards. It’s a great place to entertain, and hold events.

We can offer a bespoke service, bringing in the very best local produce, provide marquees, media bus, break out spaces and sun garden – full Wi-Fi and office equipment available.

Just ask and hopefully we will be able to help!