Mike James

Mike James

Regional Qualification(s):

South West



Phone Number(s):

07956 877268




A Yorkshireman by birth, I have lived in Bath since 2010 and developed a far reaching repertoire in the south west. Having toured extensively across the UK with student groups from North America on educational tours, I also worked for many years with adult groups touring the UK & Ireland. I am especially fond of Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol, the Cotswolds, Salisbury, Wiltshire, Somerset, and Devon. I love to bring the simplest things alive for my clients - whether it be making what looks like a simple art work taking on new meaning, or revealing the extraordinary in what looks very ordinary, my passion and joy is to share the 'wow' factor with my clients when I provide an experience of changing perceptions from something seeming mundane to something becoming a fascinating focal point!
Food tours in Bath have become a speciality ( http://www.savouringbath.com), though I also really enjoy literary tours in Bath, and I've developed a repertoire of ghost tours in the Cotswolds ( http://www.cotswoldsghosttours.co.uk). I regularly have the privilege of taking visitors to Stonehenge, and Salisbury, and providing tours in Somerset incorporating Glastonbury, Wells, and Cheddar. Walking tours are also a passion of mine, especially in the area around Bath where there are some amazing views across the area and some stunningly beautiful hidden locations!

Personal Interests:

Ghost walk (Cheltenham)
Art & Architecture
Ghost walk (Prestbury)
Castle & Cathedrals
Food tours of Bath
Literature tour of Bath

Special Interests:

Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries

Discover what makes Cheltenham go bump in the night on this 2 hour walk of the town, and hear the mysterious stories of apparitions and strange occurrences from further afield in the nearby Cotswolds! Ghost walks and talks also now available in Prestbury - England's most haunted village!

Conferences & Incentives

My past work includes working with travellers on corporate incentives, and conferences. Having previously worked for a Tour Operator managing a team of 400 Tour Managers across Europe, I am well placed with the contacts you need to organise your event.

Churches & Cathedrals

Bristol Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, Bath Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral... or smaller historic churches such as Cheltenham Minster; St Peter & St Paul (Northleach); St John the Baptist (Cirencester); St Nicholas (Bathampton); or the Lord Mayor's Chapel (Bristol) ...there are huge amount of religious buildings steeped in history in the South West.

Stately Homes & Country Houses

From National Trust properties to stunning, privately owned country manors, and elegant town houses, the South West has a plethora of stately homes to explore. I can arrange visits for groups, individuals, or corporate visits with a guided tour or something extra special!
Dyrham Park, Montacute House, Chavenage (home to TV's Poldark!), Tyntesfield, Longleat, Bowood, Stourhead, Stanway House, Athelhampton, and Minterne Magna are some of the stately homes I've enjoyed sharing with groups in the past.


Whether you prefer the boutique style shops of the market town of Stroud (the 'Covent Garden' of the Cotswolds), the markets of Cirencester and Bath, or high street shopping in the metropolitan centres of Bristol or Exeter, I can plan and lead an itinerary for you which will fulfil your every need when it comes to finding that special purchase! I can also offer tours of Christmas Markets in the south west - Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Salisbury and others!

Walking Tours

I can provide walking tours tailored to your needs, in the city and countryside surrounding Bath. Special themed tours include: Jane Austen themed tours of Bath; 'Georgian Bites' (sample flavours from Baths culinary history and learn about local produce); explore the site of the Battle of Lansdowne, and the Woolley Valley, or experience views of the city from above on the Bath Skyline. I can also provide highlights tours of Bristol, Cheltenham, Salisbury, and other cities in the region, and ghost walks in Cheltenham and Prestbury

Food & Drink

Experience 'Georgian Bites' by following a foodie trail around the city and hearing the stories behind foods unique to this Georgian gem: Bath Chaps; Bath Olivers; Sally Lunn's Buns; and Bath Buns. Sample some of these, plus other morsels of local produce, and learn about some of the great places to eat and drink in the UK'a UNESCO World Heritage city!


York Minster, Windsor & Eton

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