Edward Taylor

Regional Qualification(s):

Heart of England

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07969 796545

Contact guide

Introduction:

Hello. As a Blue Badge guide I enjoy showing visitors around the famous sites of this region, such as Shakespeare's Stratford, Regency Bath and Cheltenham, the Cathedral cities of Gloucester and Worcester and the beautiful countryside in between. I regularly take families and groups to visit the Cotswolds and learn what makes the area so renowned. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the history, the wildlife and the artistic heritage of this part of England.

An Oxford resident and Green Badge guide I've been welcoming people to the city of dreaming spires for the last three years. I’ve found that exploring the University at a relaxed pace allows everyone to soak up the atmosphere of the famous colleges and gardens, while learning about the traditions, and the fascinating stories of students and fellows, past and present. In Oxford I offer specialist tours such as the literary world of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, and the history of science and medicine at the University. I take many student groups but also families, societies, and prospective students. I enjoy tailoring a tour for the needs of my clients, and usually include a recommendation for the best taverns or restaurants for refreshment afterwards!

Please click through to my website: taylormadetours.co.uk to find out more about locations to visit and see what kind of tour I can create for you.

Personal Interests:

History
The Arts and Architecture
The Cotswolds
Wildlife
Sport
Music

Special Interests:

Walking Tours

Oxford - the City and University
The world of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis
Science and Medicine at Oxford
Architecture, from the medieval to the 21st century

Churches & Cathedrals

Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford Cathedrals
The 'woolgothic' churches of the Cotswolds
Historic abbeys and religious sites

Castles & Palaces

The medieval fortresses of Warwick and Kenilworth
Blenheim Palace - birthplace of Winston Churchill
Sudeley Castle - romantic home of Kings and Queens

Countryside

The Cotswolds
The Malverns Hills of Elgar and Vaughan Williams
The Wye Valley and mysterious Forest of Dean

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement
'Pre-Raphaelites' in Oxford
Treasures of the Colleges and the Ashmolean Museum

Gardens

Kiftsgate Court garden, tumbling down the Cotswold edge
Famous Hidcote with its 'garden rooms'
Eccentric but beautiful Snowshill

Literature

The Inklings in the Oxford taverns
Lewis Carroll at Christ Church

Folklore & Traditions

The 'Cotswold Olympicks'
The Mallard Song at All Souls
Morris dancing
Cheese rolling!

Endorsements:

City of Oxford Green Badge

Driver Guide:

No