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Julia Morris

Regional Qualification(s):

Southern England, South West

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07817 364981, 01935 840966

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Introduction:

I am an experienced guide able to offer tours across southern England from Windsor to Bath and Bristol and as far west as Devon and Cornwall. I also have the specialist regional qualification for the Cotswolds, Oxford and Blenheim. My tours are designed to explore the historical heritage, landscape and culture of this wonderful region.

I come from a background studying history and archaeology at University College London and a career teaching in Museums and historic houses. As a Learning Manager and I specialised in creating inspiring, hands-on learning experiences for adults and children and developing exhibitions that really work for visitors. I am now able to take this experience into the wider world of tourist guiding. I have a particular fascination for the history of our culture, landscape and food and love to show guests how British food has been transformed with the best of local artisan cuisine now available across the country.

I live in the lovely county of Somerset within easy reach of the cities of Bath, Salisbury, Bristol and Exeter and the world heritage sites at Stonehenge/ Avebury and the Jurassic Coast. The changes we have experienced in 2020 have enabled me to develop more local tours off the beaten track in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire where many of the best experiences are only known to the locals! I am building a library of virtual tours so guests can sample a flavour of these before they book to come in person.

Types of Tour offered:
Personal tours by car or people carrier
Countryside and coastal walking tours
Walking tours of towns and cities.
Coach groups
Cruise ship excursions
Virtual tours online

US Connections: 2020/21 is the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers journey in the Mayflower. If you had hoped to explore their story then consider coming in 2021 as many of the locations will be offering their planned events next year. Follow their preparations along the south coast of England from Southampton to Dartmouth and Plymouth or discover the early pioneering transatlantic links from Dorset to Massachusetts and Bristol across the New World. Join me to uncover your family's genealogical links with the old world.

Personal Interests:

Stonehenge and prehistoric Wessex
The Jurassic Coast of Dorset and Devon
Bath and Bristol - contrasting cities
Medieval Landscapes: New Forest, Southampton, Winchester
Foodie Tours of Dorset & Somerset
Somerset: the Levels, Mumps and Legends
Jane Austen in Hampshire and Bath
The Pilgrim Fathers and England’s links with the New World

Special Interests:

Regional Tours

Extended tours across southern England. Windsor to Bath and Bristol, along the south coast from Chichester to Lands End and from Oxford and Blenheim to the Wye Valley.

Walking Tours

Towns and cities: Bath, Winchester, Salisbury, Bristol, Portsmouth, Dorchester, Weymouth, Dartmouth.

Coast and Country: the Jurassic Coast, The Mendips, Bath Skyline and the South-West Coast Path.

Education

I have extensive experience as an education manager and designer working for museums, galleries, historic and outdoor education sites. I am very familiar with the needs of learners of different ages, abilities and cultures. I would be delighted to assist visiting groups to England plan an exciting and appropriate programme for their visit.

Countryside

The Jurassic Coast
The Somerset Levels and Mendips
The New Forest
The Cotswolds
Dartmoor
South West Coast Path
Dartmouth and South Devon
Cornwall and the far West of England

Food & Drink

Food: English food has changed radically in recent decades. Join me on a food tour to experience the innovative, artisan and local food of leading producers in Dorset and Somerset or combine a food experience with a history and landscape tour.

Literature

Follow the lives and works of great writers and artists who took inspiration from the landscape of southern England including:
Thomas Hardy in Wessex
Jane Austen in Hampshire, Bath and Lyme Regis
Daphne du Maurier in Cornwall
Charles Dickens in Portsmouth and Salisbury.

History & Prehistory

Discover some of the most significant prehistoric sites in Britain Stonehenge and Avebury and those less known from Dorset to Dartmoor and Cornwall the landscape is peppered with the evidence of our pre-historic past. Discover King Alfred's lost kingdom of Wessex and visit the great medieval trading centres of Salisbury, Winchester, Southampton, Exeter and Bristol or the beautiful Georgian Spas at Bath, Weymouth and Lyme Regis.

Castles & Palaces

Visit the great castles, houses and gardens of southern England from the great medieval stronghold of Corfe Castle to the lovely privately owned Tudor house at Cadhay in Devon, the inspirational gardens at Abbotsbury privately owned gardens not open to general visitors.

Churches & Cathedrals

Salisbury, Exeter, Gloucester, Winchester and Portsmouth.

Endorsements:

Windsor & Eton, Virtual Tours

Additional Qualifications:

BA (Hons). PGCE MIFL MITG

Driver Guide:

No