Fred Mawer

Profile updated 4/12/19

Regional Qualification(s):

South West

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07941 371439

Contact guide

Introduction:

I am very lucky to live with my family in the beautiful and fascinating city of Bath. We moved here from London 17 years ago. I grew up in Dorset and Somerset, and know the whole of the South West of England very well.

As an experienced guide, I lead tours all over the South West, exploring and bringing to life the landscape, history, heritage, culture and contemporary life of the region, which covers Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

The types of tours I offer include:
Walking tours of towns and cities for individuals, couples, families, small and large groups
Tailor-made, chauffeur-driven excursions by car and people carrier
Coach tours
Cruise-ship tours

With my in-depth knowledge of the region, I can advise how to create rewarding and doable days out or multiple-day itineraries to meet clients' needs and interests.

My tours range from introductory overviews to those that focus on particular themes, for example medical history in Bath and street art in Bristol.

As well as working as a guide, I am also a long-established travel journalist. I am The Daily Telegraph's Bath expert – you can read my articles on my home city, as well as on other places in the South West and elsewhere, here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/team/fred-mawer/. I also regularly contribute to many other publications.

When not working or travelling, I can often be found taking my dog for a walk in the lovely countryside around Bath, or playing tennis.

Special Interests:

Walking Tours

Especially around Bath, Bristol, Salisbury

Regional Tours

Across the South West region, especially in the Bath, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire areas

Architecture

In-depth tours of Georgian Bath

Churches & Cathedrals

Bath Abbey; Salisbury, Wells, Exeter, Bristol, Gloucester, Truro cathedrals

History & Prehistory

Notably Roman and Georgian Bath; Stonehenge and Avebury

Street Art

I often take street art tours around Bristol

Geography & Geology

The geological wonders of the Jurassic Coast (Dorset and east Devon); the moody Somerset Levels

Literature

Jane Austen in Bath; Thomas Hardy in Dorset

Medicine

I lay on medical history tours of Bath

Transport

Maritime Bristol and Plymouth; the Kennet And Avon Canal; the Great Western Railway

Industrial Heritage

Covering Isambard Kingdom Brunel sights in Bristol

Geography & Geology

The geological wonders of the Jurassic Coast (Dorset and east Devon); the moody Somerset Levels

Folklore & Traditions

Arthurian legend in the South West, from mystical Glastonbury in Somerset down to dramatic Tintagel in Cornwall

Food & Drink

Best places to eat and drink – restaurants, pubs, cafés – especially in Bath and Somerset

Additional Qualifications:

Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (MITG), BA (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Driver Guide:

No