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Travellers' Choice Award 2020 - Tripadvisor

Walking Tour Service of the Year Warwickshire 2020 - Central England Prestige

Best Guided Walking Tour 2020 West Midlands - Lux Life Travel & Tourism

Walking Tour Operator of the Year 2019 - Luxury Travel Guide

Best Tour Company in Stratford upon Avon 2018 - Stratford upon Avon on-line

Best Tour of Stratford upon Avon 2018 - Stratford upon Avon on-line

Excellence in Service in Warwickshire 2018 - Travel & Hospitality

Walking Tour Operator of the Year 2018 - Luxury Travel Guide

Theo Paphitis SBS Award - November 2017

Best Town Tour in Stratford upon Avon 2017 - Stratford upon Avon on-line

Unique Experience of the Year 2017 - Luxury Travel Guide

Best Tour in Stratford upon Avon 2016 - Stratford upon Avon on-line

Tourism Initiative of the Year 2015 - Pride of Stratford Awards 

Travel Industry Superstar Finalist 2014 - Visit England and Mirror Travel

Tourism Initiative of the Year & Stratford Pride 2014 Finalist - Pride of Stratford Awards

Tourism Initiative of the Year 2013 Finalist - Pride of Stratford Awards

Tourist Attraction of the Year 2012 Finalist - Pride of Stratford Awards

Certificate of Excellence 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 - Tripadvisor 

Best Visitor Attraction 2006 - Coventry & Warwickshire Godiva Awards

Highly Commended Finalist 2005 -Coventry & Warwickshire Godiva Awards

Innovation in Tourism Finalist 2004 - Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards

Town Walk guides in 2006 with a Godiva Award for Best Visitor Attraction
Stratford Town Walk was established in June 2002 when John and Helen Hogg identified a gap in the market.  John and Helen arranged a meeting with their guiding colleagues to invite them to join their guiding venture and Stratford Town Walk was under way.  A team of guides now provide the highly acclaimed, award-winning walking tour, every day of the year, even Christmas Day!  The guides are local, specialise in Stratford, its history, the Shakespeare connection and have a deep love and respect for the town itself.  The guides have many years guiding experience, with backgrounds in management, teaching, education and tourism.  Some are Blue Badge, some are Guide Friday trained and others trained by Stratford Town Walk.  Most importantly, the guides provide interesting, entertaining tours with an emphasis on quality of service and high customer satisfaction.

In addition to the daily public walks, guides provide private guided coach and walking tours for groups of all kinds, from the UK and all over the world.  Stratford Town Walk was particularly pleased to look after the Stratford Sister Cities delegation, when approximately 140 people visited Stratford and even the rainy day failed to spoil the excitement and enjoyment.  It is rewarding to have repeat visitors and particularly so, to hear visitors remark on how beautiful the town is and how they are delighted to discover how much it has to offer.  For example, the variety and excellence of the shops, tearooms, restaurants, pubs, attractions and the overall sense of beauty and historical fascination of the town.  At Christmas, the town is like a winter wonderland with the attractive shop windows and Christmas lights, which are a credit to all who contribute.  Step away from the main streets to discover a rich selection of attractive art, antique, mystic and book shops.

Ghost Walk guidesIt soon became clear that there was demand for a Ghost Walk.  Again, there were no ghost walks taking place in Stratford upon Avon.  John is a member of The Magic Circle and has a natural interest in all things unexplained and magical.  Stratford is steeped in ancient buildings and comprehensive research showed that stories of ghosts, witches, murder and mayhem were oozing out of them.  The Ghost Walk was subsequently introduced and caters for the high demand of public and private tours.  On one occasion, a couple travelled all the way from Oxford just to sample the ghost walk.  Afterwards, before travelling home, they declared "the ghosts in Stratford are far better than those in Oxford!"  On another occasion a lovely couple were so keen to join the walk, they drove from Hull to Stratford for the Ghost Walk then travelled home the same evening as they had work next day.  The Ghost Walk guides - Vincent, Edward and the Man in Black are professional entertainers and deliver the ghost walk in their own unique style.  It is good old-fashioned storytelling with entertainment.

In 2006 the Stratford Ghost Cruise was conceived and developed in partnership with Bancroft Cruisers, followed soon after by the Stratford Shakespeare Cruise.  Other tours added to the portfolio include a Floating Ghost Walk and Pub history Walk.

Charity Walk outside Shakespeare's BirthplaceEvery year Stratford Town Walk guides offer their time to raise funds for local charities. Stratford Town Walk's ongoing chosen charity is the cancer unit at Stratford Hospital.

There can be no resting on laurels and new initiatives are under constant review. Stratford Town Walk has links with many businesses in Stratford who offer discounts to Stratford Town Walk customers. These popular and useful discounts are for attractions, tearooms, shops, restaurants and pubs and encourage visitors to spend time in the town and make repeat visits to Stratford.

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