to Althams Travel - A
Truly Independent Travel Agent
A Brief History of
Originally founded in 1874 by Abraham Althams, and trading under his
name, the Company had 60 shops by 1880, selling groceries and hardware.
Abraham Altham then became a Limited Company in 1894. Abraham Altham
died at the age of 44 in 1886.
In addition, Althams were well known as Tea Merchants, having their
own five brands of tea, all blended and packed under the Althams'
label. Customers buying the best brands were given tea cheques valued
at 2d, 4d or 1/~. In later years, 2/6d and 5/~ tea cheques were added
to the range: these tea cheques could be put towards the cost of Rail
tickets which were sold in many of our branches as early as 1876.
1876, Althams used to run their own Railway Excursions from Lancashire
and Yorkshire towns to seaside resorts on the West Coast.
1944, the Company's name was changed to 'Althams Stores Limited' and
over the years a small number of self contained Travel Offices were
opened in local towns such as Accrington, Burnley, Bury, Halifax and
Nelson. The majority of the stores had a travel counter, but up to
the early 1960's the Travel Department was still the 'poor relation'
of the Company.
1967, with the growth in supermarkets and other economic conditions,
the Directors decided to close down the stores which were losing money,
and this was done over the next eighteen months or so. When the last
of these had been closed in 1968, the Company name was changed to
'AlthamsTravel Services Limited' in 1969.
of our shops in Yorkshire, together with Blackburn, Colne and Farnworth
in Lancashire, were converted to Travel Agencies in 1968 and 1969.
Today, we have 31 branches in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Humberside.
none of the Althams family has worked in the business since the death
of Mr. John Altham in 1966, many of the descendants of our Founder
Abraham Altham are still shareholders in the Company.
is a fact these days many of the large travel agency chains are either
owned by large tour opeartors, insurance groups, foreign companies
or are nationalised, but we are completely independent and still consider
ourselves to be a family Company, with the interest. and welfare of
our clients being first priority.
By offering our customers a fully independent service, we endeavour
to find you the most comprehensive holiday deals
available from leading holiday companies, as well as offering you
impartial advice from our team of experienced branch or telephone
Large Agency' North West England & North Wales Agent Achievement
Award Winners 2011
Althams Travel are pleased to announce that we have won the 'Best
Large Agency' in the North West and North Wales for the 3rd time in
5 years, in the 15th Agent Achievement Awards. The Agent Achievement
Awards, are widely acclaimed as the leading National Travel Agent
Awards, recognising excellence and achievement among the top performing
travel agents in the UK.
We are very pleased to win this award which reflects the loyalty of
our customers and the hard work of our staff.
Large Agency' North West England & North Wales in 2007 & 2009
Here at Althams Travel we are pleased
to be named as 'Kuoni Specialist Travel Agents'. Many of our staff
have travelled extensively with Kuoni Travel and have completed their
Worldwide College training. We are able to give you independent advice
on all holidays and are more than happy to assist you with your travel
plans. For further information regarding any Kuoni holiday contact
one of our Kuoni Specialist offices: Chorley, Clitheroe, Halifax,
Horsforth, Huddersfield, Littleborough, Otley, Scunthorpe, Skipton
UK Passport Office: http://www.ips.gov.uk/
Renewals, information & resources.
UK Foreign Office: http://www.fco.gov.uk
Travel advisory information & resources.
Embassy of the United States: http://www.usembassy.org.uk/
Visa Waiver Programme
Althams are committed to providing the most up to date and security
conscious web services available. As well as being ABTA members, our
site is protected by industry approved secure server systems with
full secpay credit card fraud protection services in conjunction with
the high street banks.
Head office data controller:
Mr David Ball
Althams Travel Services, Riverside Offices, Netherwood Road, Burnley,
ABTA Member No: 11626