The following blog post comes to us from Phil Nash, Tours Manager of Walk Talk Tours.  Covering several UK cities (London, Edinburgh, York, Manchester, & Chester), Walk Talk Tours offer an interactive and flexible way to immerse yourself into UK history and culture.  This is sure to be a valuable and cost-effective resource for you as you get acquainted with the city or as you entertain your visitors.  Well, I’ll let Phil tell you the rest!

Moving anywhere new can be an exciting, but slightly daunting prospect.  Getting to know Europe’s largest city can be a bit of a challenge, but there’s no reason why it should not be good fun.

Find out where the true centre of London is located; hear about the longest continuous running theatre production in the world, learn why Covent Garden got its name , discover which river crossing  was dubbed the ‘Wobbly Bridge’ and much, much more with five audio tour guides brought to you by Walk Talk Tours.

All five London tours (which are available in French, German and Spanish) can be downloaded to your iPhone, iPod, MP3 Player or cell phone.  Each professionally produced and narrated tour is composed of stops or commentary points, where listeners will hear about the history, folklore and some of the characters associated with a particular attraction from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge, the British Museum, the Tower of London and much more besides.

The Palace Trail begins outside Westminster Abbey and concludes in front of Buckingham Palace, taking in Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square – home to statues of the great and good – Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, St James’s Park en route.  To hear a short audio sample from the Palace Trail please click here.

We are currently in the process of making our tours available as iPhone Apps in the Apple App Store, in association with US firm Sploro.  Two of our tours are currently in the Apple App Store: The Palace Trail tour and The Ride & Stride tour.  London iPhone apps retail for £5.49 / $8.99.  Listeners to the iPhone versions of the tour will be guided by a map on their device; non-iPhone users can print out a tour plan (PDF) of the route of their chosen tour.

The Ride & Stride tour involves taking (or riding) a Routemaster bus from the Strand to St Paul’s Cathedral and then walking over the Millennium Bridge along the South Bank – past the Globe Theatre, London Bridge and City Hall – to Tower Bridge, London’s most photographed bridge.  The tour concludes outside the Tower of London.

Unlike a regular walking tour there are no timetables to adhere to.  Simply stop, start and listen again as you see fit.

All of the London tours – with the exception of the longer City & South Bank Circular – can be completed in two hours, though listeners have the freedom to take as little or as long as they wish to explore the sights on route.

The non iPhone App version of our tours cost £5.95 a piece purchased from  Buy One Tour and Get a Second Free by entering promo code: BG246 in the shopping basket page.  Offer applies only to tours bought from and expires December 31, 2010.

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