Fred Mawer

Regional Qualification(s):

South West



Phone Number(s):

07941 371439

Contact guide


I am fortunate to live with my family in the beautiful and fascinating city of Bath. We moved here from London in 2002; our teenage boys go to school in Bath.

I also know the rest of the West Country very well. I grew up in Dorset and Somerset, and am a qualified Blue Badge Guide for the South West of England, which covers Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

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: I also regularly contribute to the travel section of the Mail on Sunday, and 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

Around Bath, Bristol

Churches & Cathedrals

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

History & Prehistory

Roman and Georgian Bath; Stonehenge and Avebury

Food & Drink

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

Regional Tours

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


In-depth tours of Georgian Bath

Industrial Heritage

Covering Isambard Kingdom Brunel sights in Bristol

Folklore & Traditions

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

Geography & Geology

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

Britain Today

All my tours place heritage and history into a contemporary context


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

Additional Qualifications:

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

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