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Fred Mawer

Regional Qualification(s):

South West



Phone Number(s):

+44 (0)7941 371439

Contact guide


I qualified in 2018 as a Blue Badge tour guide for South West England: in the rigorous exams, I was honoured to be given the highest overall marks, and also awarded the best walking tour commentary of Bath.

I lead many tours in and around Bath, where I live with my family. 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. I grew up in Dorset and Somerset.

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: I also regularly contribute to many other publications.



On all my guided tours I am committed to following the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Institute of Tour Guiding. My tours have also been certified by Visit England as having the "We're Good to Go" Covid-19 Industry Standard. I can provide a detailed risk assessment for my tours.



"Dear Fred, the Danes thought the tour of Bath was a fantastic success and described the experience as “sensational”! I can’t thank you enough." (JS, Bath)

"On our tour of Glastonbury and Wells, Fred was lovely, incredibly knowledgeable and picked up on our interests and moulded the tour to what we wanted to see." (LC, Canada)

"Fred deserves recognition for doing a potentially very intimidating thing: talking about medicine and medical history to a group of medics, which he did fantastically and very engagingly from beginning to end. Such a different spin on a social event." (AB, Bristol).

"Fred, just a quick email to say many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating medical history tour of Bath. Despite having lived in Bath for 20 years I saw parts of it and learnt facts about its history that I had no idea about." (AK, Bath)

"We had Fred on our tour. He was great, I wanted to listen to everything he had to say. Was the best thing we did in Bath." (FW, London)

"Fred was an excellent guide. Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Really enjoyed it. Would recommend to anyone." (F, Birmingham)

"This tour was a perfect introduction to Bath. Fred was great, the right amount of facts and detail and extremely helpful." (SO, Manchester)

"Would recommend this walk to everyone visiting Bath. Our guide Fred was great, really informative and interesting." (CW)

"Our guide, Fred, was knowledgeable, interesting and funny." (C, Christchurch).

"Best tour guide ever!!! Fred answered all our questions and even gave a few suggestions on what to do after the tour was over." (KS)

"Our walking tour around Bath with Fred, our friendly guide, was one of the highlights of our weekend in Bath. We enjoyed it so much that we retraced our footsteps the following day to spend more time at some of the sites we had visited the previous day." (LM)

"Fred was a warm and friendly guide with tons of knowledge and insight into Bath, its history, architecture and culture." (DN)

"Despite the rather bad weather, Fred took us around Bath sharing stories and facts. Very pleased with the tour and Fred’s commitment was truly impressive. Highly recommended." (GB, Guernsey)

Types of tours I offer:

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
Coach tours
Cruise-ship tours

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

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.

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


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


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

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)

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