Guiding during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic

Ken Bradshaw

Profile updated 13/01/22

Regional Qualification(s):

North East



Phone Number(s):


Contact guide


I’m a journeyman. And life so far has been great journey with a very interesting mix. I’ve travelled the world and cycled overland to Cape Town, been a VSO teacher in Guyana, ran a community garden in inner Newcastle and been a Council funding officer, project manager. I have been a sports and therapeutic masseur and in the pandemic I went to work for Morrisons delivering supplies to those who were isolating.

In 2019 I begun training as a Blue Badge guide for the North East of England and in August 2021 became a member of this most distinguished club – the Institute of Tourist Guiding. I am now qualified to guide throughout the whole of the North East of England and look forward to show you this marvellous region.

In September 2021, I started working at the best building in the world: Durham Cathedral where I am giving guided tours of the museum. I also started my own business in tour guiding in the North East.

Read about me here: https://

I have lived in Durham for nearly 30 years with my partner and have two grown up daughters.

I am available to guide :
City and town walking tours (Durham, Newcastle, Seaham, Barnard Castle, Sunderland)
Cycling tours of Durham City and using the extensive former railway network
Durham Cathedral
Hancock Museum
Coach tours with commentary (Durham Dales, Newcastle, Teesside, Northumbria coast, Hadrian’s Wall)
Bespoke tours (gardens, landscape, history, eco-buldings, architecture, archaeology, heritage)

Personal Interests:

Landscapes and countryside
City walking tours
Gardens and public spaces
Walking and cycling

Special Interests:


Expert in the Durham Magnesian Limestone country with knowledge of the Wildlife sites of the North East


Eco-buildings of County Durham a speciality

Geography & Geology

Knowledgeable on the Limestone of East Durham and other areas of the North East


Former COmmunity Garden co-ordinator I understand and know about the gardens of the North East

Churches & Cathedrals

Particularly passion for Durham Cathedral, am currently a Visitor Experience Assistant there

Regional Tours

Experienced in delivering coach tours with commentary to the whole of the North East

Walking Tours

Can give guided tours in all of the major towns and cities of the North East as well as walking tours of the coast and countryside


Passion for transport and sustainable modes of transport using bicycle or coach

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