Walking in Stratford

Guided walking tours of Stratford

Stratford-upon-Avon was established in the 7th century, when the Saxons founded a settlement by the Roman Road (Straet) near a crossing (Ford) of the River Avon.

By the 12th century it had grown into a market town and received its first Market Charter in 1196. In Medieval times Stratford was a busy place with many craftsmen, including blacksmiths, carpenters, bakers and shoemakers and leather workers. One such leather worker was a glover by the name of John Shakespeare.

In 1557 John married Mary Arden, the daughter of a farmer from Wilmcote and in 1564 on or about 23 April, Mary Arden gave birth to their son William. William Shakespeare became one of the most famous playwrights of all time and today millions of visitors each year come to Stratford-upon-Avon to see where he grew up.

Walking Tour of Stratford-upon-Avon


Come and explore Stratford-upon-Avon with us. Let our knowledgeable guides take you on a fascinating and entertaining walk around Shakespeare’s home town. Visit the quaint streets with their half-timbered houses, take a stroll beside the beautiful River Avon and see the Shakespeare Theatres. Our tour traces Shakespeare’s life from his birthplace to his old ‘grammar’ school, his home with Anne Hathaway and finally his resting place in the impressive Holy Trinity Church.


1-19 people. Half-day from £196 (foreign language tours from £228)

Full-day from £320 (foreign language tours from £360)

Why not enhance your visit to Stratford by adding one of the following attractions to your walking tour? The charges quoted are in addition to the basic tour rate, and will need to be paid on entry to the venue.

Visit to Shakespeare’s Houses


With the Town Houses Pass you can visit the three houses in Stratford mainly associated with William Shakespeare – his Birthplace, New Place (his home with Anne Hathaway) and Halls Croft where Shakespeare’s daughter Susannah lived with her physician husband, Dr John Hall.

In these houses you can really absorb the atmosphere of the Tudor era and walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps. You will hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life from the fascinating costumed guides and have a chance to visit the delightful walled garden where Dr Hall would have grown medicinal herbs to make his very curious remedies!

For information on ticket prices please visit www.shakespeare.org.uk

N.B. Savings can be made by buying tickets in advance online

Cruising on the River Avon


There is no finer way to view the Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church than by doing a 45-minute cruise on the River Avon. 

This is a very relaxing way to see some of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside and riverside gardens. For birdwatchers you are very likely to see herons, buzzards, kingfishers and of course Stratford’s swans. The cruisers have a live commentary and hot and cold drinks or cream teas are available from the bar.

Cruises depart from the landing stage at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford.

For information on cruise schedules and prices please visit https://www.avon-boating.co.uk/river-cruises/

Stratford and the Cotswolds


Why not combine your visit to Stratford-upon-Avon with a tour to the glorious Cotswolds, operated by our sister company, Cotswold Exploring. This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has inspired many writers, poets and artists over the last 200 years. 

Enjoy touring some of the idyllic villages with their quaint stone cottages in our comfortable 12-seater minibus with a dedicated guide and driver.

Please see our companion website Cotswold Exploring for examples of our itineraries or Contact us us for further information

Speciality Tours


We are able to offer a wide range of bespoke tours, drawing together the many and varied literary, cultural, commercial and architectural interests which the ancient city of Oxford can inspire. These include:

  • Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland
  • CS Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia
  • J R R Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter film locations
  • Women in Oxford
  • Gardens of Oxford
  • The English Civil War
  • Pubs of Oxford
  • Ghost Tours
  • Shopping Tours

What Our Guests Say

Highly recommended!
"It was such a lovely day out! Thank you Isobel for your wonderful and informative guide, and thank you David for the safe and comfortable ride. The Cotswolds is really difficult to travel with public transport, so joining the tour was the best way to enjoy the quaint villages and hidden gems in the area. Also, it is rather impossible to get a ticket for the immensely popular Highclere Castle on your own; I am so glad to have found a perfect tour that saved my day."
Arisa N.
Best tour and great people
"We had an excellent tour with the most knowledgeable and friendly driver and guide. I would seek them out again if we are ever back in the area! Thank you so much for being accommodating. You went beyond expectations! All seven of us commented on how much we enjoyed our day."
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