Guiding during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic

Mark Stevenson

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07787 258577

Contact guide

Introduction:

I'm a fully-licensed and experienced driver-guide. I'm also very enthusiastic about promoting both London and the rest of the UK to visitors. I'm from west London and have lived in the county of Dorset, on England's south coast famous for it's associations with the novels of Thomas Hardy. I hold a degree in English Literature (my thesis on H.G. Wells is in the British Library). After graduating, I became a tour-bus driver specialising in tours throughout the UK and including panoramic sightseeing tours of London. I worked in the British Museum for several years and since 1988 have held a series of management positions within London Transport. I've also done some radio broadcasting and was the General Manager of a London bus company before becoming a Blue Badge Guide.

I'm married with a son and daughter in their 20s and I thoroughly enjoy traveling, both at home and abroad, visiting historic houses and gardens and am interested in industrial archaeology, churches and cathedrals and also enjoy the British countryside and its varied geography.

If you have any special interests, or a wish-list of things to do and places to go - whether it's a day tour or an extended tour, get in touch and I'll let you know what's practical. I can also provide you with an itinerary and recommendations on where to stay.

For driver-guiding, I use a modern, spacious, Mercedes Vito 7-seat van with a/c.

Personal Interests:

Geography & geology, transport, churches & cathedrals, literature, countryside, industrial heritage and regional touring.

Special Interests:

Other

Ancestry, genealogy, family history: Bespoke tours throughout Great Britain - whether your forebears were aristocracy or peasants, see the landscapes and streets they would have been familiar with.

Transport

I have a wide interest in UK public transport and I can deliver themed tours of historic or current locations, whether railroads, canals or other modes.

Churches & Cathedrals

From humble village churches to soaring cathedrals, places of worship are integral to our history. Often exhibiting a variety of architectural styles, their interest can be much more personal - where family members may have been christened, married or buried.

Geography & Geology

The fabric of the UK is made of the three main rock types - igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. I deliver tours to the "Jurassic Coast", where you can collect your own fossils...

Regional Tours

I operate regional and themed tours using a 6-seat Mercedes Vito tourer. Destinations include Scotland, Lake District, Peak District, Snowdonia, Devon & Cornwall. Contact me for details of bespoke tours.

Countryside

One of the benefits of the British countryside is its variety. It's also a great antidote to frenetic city visits - often within a few hours drive of London, such as the Cotswolds or New Forest.

Industrial Heritage

Britain was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution - there are plenty of remnants of our industrial past to be discovered, not least Ironbridge in Shropshire, where it all began.

Additional Qualifications:

BA (Hons) MITG MCILT CertTp

Driver Guide:

Yes

Vehicles:

Type Make / Model Passengers Air Conditioning Disabled Access
Car Chrysler-Jeep Voyager 6 Yes No