Glyn Jones

Profile updated 21/08/18

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

+447847 640717, +4482080295

Email:

glyn@jollygoodtours.co.uk

Introduction:

II'm British, born in Portsmouth with a grandfather from Wales and a grandmother from Ireland but moved to London in 1981 and spent the next 30 years policing the capital before deciding on a change of career. In 2012, after 30 years service, I retired from the police and concentrated on studying for my London Blue Badge Tourist Guide qualification, which I was awarded in 2013. I guide on foot, on coach, by public transport or in a car with or without a driver (that's me doing the driving).

I live on the outskirts of London near a 500 year old palace made famous by one of the former occupants who had a propensity for changing wives, under 15 miles from Trafalgar Square. I am very happy to meet you your hotel or at any train station in the South East to start a tour. This can save at least 3 hours time getting in and out of London.

I live less than an hour some of the most famous sights in Britain in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Close to me are the southern Home Counties of England, each with its own character and a host of local landmarks. Most of my work starts in London, but I will meet you anywhere that suits you.

I was born in 1963, am married and have two daughters (born 1995 and 1997).

My interests are varied, mostly arts side, including music, theatre, London history, food and local beers, an interest in the World Wars, Country Houses & Stately Homes and more Importantly, the stories of the people who lived in them

I know the best times to visit even the busiest places, the shortcuts, the interesting detours, some of the best places to eat to suit your time, palate and budget. As a Blue Badge guide, I have priority booking at the major London sights and can save you lots of time "queueing" or waiting in line. I can be found on their websites. I am also listed on Facebook (jolly good tours), Instagram and Twitter (#jollygoodglyn) really love showing people around my country, showing it’s best sides while explaining our heritage and customs. I grew up in the naval town of Portsmouth and my interests include World War 2, Winston Churchill, First World War battlefields and the Normandy beaches. I enjoy historic day tours and regularly work with families with children, maybe seeing some of the Harry Potter sites. Mainly I work as a driver-guide taking small private tours, especially families or older people with walking difficulties, in my own car. I also lead walks and work with coach tours. I am no stranger to working with people who use a wheelchair and like to help them make the most of their holiday.

Gardens
Visit gardens, large or small, famous or less known, in various styles and eras.

History & Prehistory
Explore and wonder at standing stones at Stonehenge, (and not Stonehedge) and Avebury or the man made hills Silbury Hill.

Stately Homes & Country Houses
Find out how the British lived; both above and below stairs. Visit Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed.

Special Needs Groups
From powerful fortifications (Windsor Castle) to extravagent architectural statements (Blenheim Palace), they come in all shapes and sizes.

Castles & Palaces
Wheelchair users can enjoy a holiday in Britian with the help of a Driver-Guide. I can rent a vehicle with a wheelchair lift when necessary.

Regional Tours
I am working on developing tours in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Countryside
Come and discover the places associated with Harry Potter. Enjoy admiring the scenery as you explore British history and culture.

Royalty
Discover where they live, play, work and are buried. We have thousands of years of royal history.

Special Interests
By arrangement I can help you satisfy your interests and hobbies. In the past I have helped groups discover ghosts in Greenwich, legal London and the Inns of Court, Banksy in London, Roman history in the City of London as well as an end of conference walk to dinner. You only have to ask.

Military
Visit some of the sites associated with World War 2, such as Portsmouth or Duxford aircraft museum. Explore the cruiser, HMS Belfast in London or look out to France from the tunnels at Dover Castle.

Personal Interests:

Banksy In London
Roman London
Geocache
Legal London - Let me share some of my practical application of the criminal law
Shakespeare - Step in the footsteps of the Bard
Churches, Abbeys and Cathedrals including St Paul's and Westminster Abbey
Tower of London
Royal Palaces of Hampton Court, Greenwich, Kensington, Kew Gardens
Highlights of National Gallery, British Museum, Tate, Victoria & Albert (V&A), National Portrait Gallery
Walks around City of London, Parks and Gardens, Darker side of London, (Crime & Punishment), Ghosts, Jack the Ripper, Harry Potter & Royal London
Views from the Shard & London Eye
Greenwich Ghost Walks

Endorsements:

City of London

Driver Guide:

Yes

Vehicles:

Type Make / Model Passengers Air Conditioning Disabled Access
Car Volkswagen Caravelle 6 Yes No