Profile updated 12/01/20
I am very fortunate 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 right across the South West of England very well.
I lead many tours in and around my home city of Bath. I also guide all over the South West – that's Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall – exploring and bringing to life the landscape, history, heritage, culture and contemporary life of the region.
The types of tours I offer include:
Walking tours of towns and cities for individuals, couples, families, small and large groups
Visits to attractions such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Wells and Salisbury cathedrals, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey
Tailor-made, chauffeur-driven excursions by car and people carrier
With my in-depth knowledge of the region, I can advise on 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 an expert on Bath for The Daily Telegraph – 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.
Especially around Bath, Bristol, Salisbury
Across the South West region, especially in the Bath, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire areas
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
I often take street art tours around Bristol
Jane Austen in Bath; Thomas Hardy in Dorset
I lay on medical history tours of Bath
Maritime Bristol and Plymouth; the Kennet And Avon Canal; the Great Western Railway
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
Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (MITG), BA (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)