Profile updated 3/12/22
Bridgewater Canal Green Badge
I'm Alexandra (aka Alexatourguide), a Green Badge Tourist Guide and I'm training to be a Blue Badge Guide too. (Ive been an architectural guide for many years also).
I'm a member of Manchester Guided Tours; Bridgewater Canal Guided Tours and Cumbria Guides.
Im punctual, professional, informed and, I hope, fun and interesting too. I can tailor each tour to match your needs and interests.
I love both the rural and urban landscapes of the north and I am passionate about showing you the highlights and less obvious sites of interest. I try to bring history to life by storytelling with fun facts about places, people and events in history.
As a tour manager, I work with major travel companies managing coach groups across Great Britain and Europe and I provide a top end meet and greet service at local airports and stations with or without guided visits enroute to the north-south east-west.
I am also able to assist with transfers, tours and tour directing for major events inc sport, music and government
I cover many areas of interest and highlight all the sites of interest - see my specialist subjects below. I also offer general tours for short stay visitors " join me to visit the must-see places in 2-24hours"
As a postgraduate cultural heritage specialist, I offer bespoke tours relating to built heritage (castles, churches, monasteries, stately homes, archaeological sites, historic gardens & landscapes and industrial archaeology ) as well as tours relating to literature, music, art, horticulture and WW history.
My undergraduate studies and experience in environmental science makes me suitably knowledgeable for school and college trip managememt also.
As a mum to two teenagers I am fully versant with young people's interests & do musical and choir tours.
I am endorsed by the Guild to offer Virtual Tours and Talks. During the winter months (Jan-March), I run a series of online talks ona variety of topics relating to cultural heritage in the locality.(See Alexatours.eventbrite.com from Dec 22 for info on these). Vernacular Architecture
Keep up with my news on social media Instagram and Twitter with the occasional Facebook
I also blog see - British Guild of Tourist Guides (britainsbestguides.org)
The Poppies Blow - British Guild of Tourist Guides (britainsbestguides.org)
See my latest blog on Hadrian's Wall and its 1900th birthday
Additional Qualifications: BSc(Hons) LLB(Hons) MA PGDipLP(Bar) IHBC MRTPI
My tour guests have stated:
“I went on the tour of Worsley and the Bridgewater Canal at the beginning of October. Alexandra, our tour guide, was brilliant and I learnt so much about the area and its industrial and architectural heritage. The tour finished with tea and cake at St Mark's Church, which is a real architectural treat. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of Salford and Greater Manchester”. Cat Fen, Cheshire
“Great tour, led by a very friendly and knowledgeable guide (Alexa). Lots of interesting info about the history and architecture as well as present day Manchester. Would definitely recommend!!” Judy, Manchester
“Had a very enjoyable and Informative tour around Manchester led by Alexa. Learnt a great deal and would definitely recommend this tour. The guide had a passion for the City and great knowledge. We will certainly be booking another one soon” Paul Manchester.
“Just had the most wonderful day with a group of friends, discovering Manchester and Salford. Alexandra was our guide and was just fabulous. Extremely knowledgeable, interesting and just so enthusiastic! We will be booking again very soon. Highly recommend”. Elaine, Manchester
May 2022 *****
Alexandra (Alexa) Fairclough met our touring group of 22 Texans at the lovely Clayton Hotel and gave us a 5-hr fact-filled tour of several of the historic areas of downtown Manchester. We all kept thinking "This is the end", but then she'd say, "Now we'lll head over to......". She clearly absolutely loves her city and was thrilled to share her excitement with us. She told us that she also gives architectural tours and is a Qualified Green Badge Tourist Guide. I would rate this tour: Splendid!! Alexatours@outlook.com
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the tour yesterday.
Thank you so much for guiding us around Worsley and giving us so much information on the history of the canal and the connections to the Bridgewater/Ellesmere families. St Mark’s Church and the cake and biscuits was the perfect end to the tour.
We look forward to booking more tours with you.
All aspects of above ground archaeology including scheduled ancient monuments and listed buildings; vernacular architecture and industrial archaeology ( First degree had significant amount of archaeology)
all aspects of architectural history including town planning and urban design as well as heritage conservation. (MA degree in architecture and IHBC MRTPI qualified)
|Art/Paintings & Sculpture|
Experience of guiding in art galleries and street art. Broad knowledge of art history
|Birds & Animals|
nature walks and broad knowledge of local habitats including SSSI AONB SAC SPA and National Parks.
UK General History knowledge Radical Manchester and Salford
|Castles & Palaces|
broad knowledge of architectural history. Particularly interested in Stately Homes, Planned estates and villages and defensive architecture of the Borders and conflicts
|Conferences & Incentives|
|Churches & Cathedrals|
Ecclesiastical and monastic architecture a specialty
Experience and Knowledge of natural and manmade landscapes
New gardens -
Experience of tours and talks on Canalmania, railway heritage and coal mining plus metal ore mining
History of your house or village
Legal history talks
Libraries and Writers of Salford and Manchester
Museums and Art Galleries