Make the most of your visit to Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon by joining the award-winning guided walking tour (with local professional guides), every day, even Christmas Day!
"a must do" "best use of £5 spent in England!" "absolutely brilliant"
"if you do anything in Stratford, do this first!!"
Lively, entertaining and interesting, the guided town walk is a great way to explore Stratford, its history, attractions and fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare. Suitable for all. Wheelchair friendly. Dogs are welcome!
Meet by the yellow sign, close to the Swan fountain on Waterside, near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and opposite the junction of Sheep Street.
- Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri at 11am
- Sat & Sun at 11am and 2pm
- Christmas Day at 10.30am
plus Sat evening charity walks Jun/Jul click here
Duration approximately 2hrs
Over 65's and students £5
Children (under 16) £3
Under 8 years FREE!
Just turn up, whatever the weather! There is no need to book (unless a group of 10+).
(Booking is required for school/college groups, and any group of 10 or more. This is to ensure the overall group size is manageable for the guide. In the unlikely event too many people turn up for a walk, the guide will call for a backup, or if a back up is not available, may have to restrict the numbers).
Use the vouchers attached to your ticket to obtain discounts at a range of shops, restaurants, pubs and attractions (e.g. 30% off entry to the Shakespeare Houses). See our discounts page.
The Town Walk
As you walk in William Shakespeare's footsteps from Birthplace to grave, along the historic spine of ancient Stratford, your guide will unravel the Shakespeare story. It's like walking through the pages of history. You will see the houses connected to William Shakespeare and his family - The Birthplace, Nash's House and the site of New Place, and the beautiful Hall's Croft. If you have free time after the walk, you may wish to visit the houses and take advantage of a special discount offered to Stratford Town Walk customers (30% off entry).
Other highlights include the picturesque River Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Theatres, 15th century timber-framed buildings and Guild Chapel. A chance to sit down and take in the amazing history and see the beautiful medieval wall paintings, including the Doom (one of the largest surviving in Britain). Continue on, passing Shakespeare's Grammar School and marvel at the stories of his schooldays before visiting the magnificent Holy Trinity Church. See where William Shakespeare is buried in the Chancel and find out why there is a 'curse' on his grave. There is a small fee to enter the Chancel (payable to the Church on the day), but the Chancel visit is optional, subject to Church opening times, and can be decided on the day.
Discover Stratford's American connections and the unique collection of lampposts from around the world. A tour of many cities and countries!!
Hear fascinating stories of fire, flood, plague, medicines to kill or cure, the origins of sayings and Stratford's history, wrapped up in a little Shakespeare.
Discover favourite tea houses, pubs and restaurants ...and don't forget your camera.
During your visit make use of the tear-off discount vouchers on your ticket to save money in Stratford at specially selected shops, restaurants pubs and attractions e.g. a river cruise, the MAD Museum, Butterfly Farm and amazing offer of 30% off tickets for the Shakespeare Houses. There is no sell-by date on our vouchers, so you can return to Stratford again and again... More info see Discounts
Whatever the weather!
The Town Walk goes ahead whatever, the weather, so please dress accordingly. The walk is classed as 'easy', walking boots/shoes are not necessary, but comfortable footwear is advisable. There may be occasions when the footpaths are wet, or slippery with ice or snow.
The Town Walk is risk-assessed and every effort is taken to ensure the safety and comfort of all customers. However, customers participate at their own risk and must make their own decision about suitability.
The Town Walk takes about 2hrs, but the duration will be determined by the pace of the group. Customers can leave the walk at any time. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
We very much look forward to seeing you on our walk. Look out for the guide (wearing something yellow), near the fountain, close to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and standing by our yellow sign (see pic at top of page).