Residents are being invited to decide on one of five bridges, which will be built over the River Avon in Stratford.
The designs, part of a competition run by the Royal Institute for British Architects, will be showcased at public exhibitions for eight weeks.
The £2 million pedestrian and cycle bridge is aimed at improving town links and providing a circular walk along the river.
After residents' feedback, the design will be chosen from a panel including David Morley, RIBA architectural advisor, Tim Johnson, West Midlands director of English Heritage and Peter Wilson, development director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
"The architects' brief was to provide a design which was innovative, original and relevant to the setting and complemented the transformation of the RSC theatre," said Chris Saint, cabinet member for economic development at Warwickshire County Council.
"It also had to have regard for the environment, maintain the current views and respect the setting of the existing setting.
"The views of the public are vital. I would encourage residents, businesses and tourists alike, young and old to join in the consultation."
The bridge forms part of the multi-million pound World Class Stratford project.
Vicky Haywood, executive director of the RSC, said encouragement from residents and businesses had led to plans for an improved theatre which boosted the relationship between the RSC and the town.
"We cannot develop our theatres in isolation," she said. "That's why the plans for World Class Stratford and the development of the waterfront in particular are so exciting.
"We look forward to the results of this important consultation, and to including our staff, actors and the RSC Community Forum in the process."