Matthew Johnson

Regional Qualification(s):

Heart of England



Phone Number(s):

07880 435687

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As a resident of Oxford for over 30 years, I enjoy taking guests round this wonderful city, which has more to see than almost any other city of equivalent size. Close by there are the beautiful Costwolds, with lovely rolling countryside and river valleys, honey coloured stone built villages and extraordinary churches financed and built from the wealth of the medieval wool industry.

Within the Heart of England we have Blenheim Palace, and many other attractive country houses, castles (including Warwick Castle) and gardens, all packed with history, culture and entertaining stories, many of which have been locations for well known films.

We can revisit the industrial revolution in Shropshire (Ironbridge museums), the Stoke-on-Trent potteries, or the Forest of Dean area. We can also enjoy the modern and dynamic metropolitan cities of Birmingham and Coventry. There are the extraordinary historic towns of Gloucester, Worcester, Hereford, Shrewsbury and Cheltenham, each with fascinating stories and unique historic buildings. Right in the centre of the region is Stratford-on-Avon, home to the famous bard; Shakespeare, which is well worth a visit.

I would be delighted to help you or your guests enjoy some of these extraordinary places through guided city or historic building walks, country walks, and /or coach tours. Each can be created flexibly to meet the requirements of your itinerary.

Personal Interests:

Oxford and the Cotswolds
Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick
Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford
Cheltenham and the Cotswolds

Special Interests:

Churches & Cathedrals

Gloucester, Hereford, Coventry, Worcester, Christchurch Oxford, and the wool churches of the Cotswolds

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Especially the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, the Birmingham Art Gallery plus the the many artworks scattered around the region

Castles & Palaces

Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle and Oxford Castle


The Cotswold walks, also the many walks in the Malvern's, and Shropshire

Geography & Geology

With a degree in Geography I can explain the background to the formation of the landscape and its historical and economic development

Walking Tours

I would be happy to arrange walking tours in the Cotswolds

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