Neil McDonald

Regional Qualification(s):

Liverpool City Region / Merseyside

Language(s):

English

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Introduction:

I am Neil McDonald an award winning published author & top end Liverpool City Region Blue Badge Tourist Guide & Driver Guide for luxury private guided tours of the UK. Im considered as one of Liverpool’s leading Beatles experts. I own a licensed Vivaro Elite for 6 passengers with WI-FI a panoramic roof, rear climate control, rear captains seats & electric doors.

I am one of only an handful of qualified guides with the experience & confidence to deliver tours of the entire UK & the north of France.

I believe that I provide the most fun as well as the most comprehensive tours & Shore Excursions from Liverpool, the North of England, North Wales & throughout the UK. Although I live in Liverpool I am able to meet clients at Heathrow or Edinburgh Airport for Multi-day tours of the UK.

This year was really busy with lots of multi day tours typically the USA market staying three nights in quality hotels in York, The English Lake District, Wales, Bristol & Bath, the Cotswolds & Yorkshire.

Themed tours for example based on the TV series “All Creatures Great & Small” touring the Yorkshire Dales & North Yorkshire moors or even trips to Wrexham FC have been popular & I’m always encouraging people to do some genealogy research then discovering & visiting their ancestors houses , schools & villages & we even stumbled on a guests great grandfathers headstone in the Peak District.

I work very hard to promote inbound tourism to the UK, in particular to explore the North of England and North Wales using quality hotels and country houses.

Liverpool has around 100 cruise ship calls each season and is a superb destination for a UK hub & spoke tour with European flights in to Liverpool Airport and International flights in to Manchester Airport & I believe strongly in showing how & why Liverpool has changed and at the same time encouraging you to see how we are perfectly located to explore a much wider region for example a day out to the sleepy village of Port Sunlight, Chester or North Wales. You'll need much more than a day in Liverpool and I will help you whether you are an individual, couple or a group to have a wonderful time in our region and I would love you to book my guiding services to help you.

I also run private Liverpool Beatles walking and car tours & I have a range of combination Beatles Walking Tours combined with Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, the famous Mersey Ferry, Beatles Story, 138m Tower, Liverpool Beatles Museum, the Casbah Club, The Cavern Club or the new British Music Experience which is the UK's museum of popular music in Liverpool.

New for 2024 are Liverpool Hidden Walks tours, a book we wrote & Harper Collins published in March 2023 which has already sold 3000 copies & if you buy the book on Amazon or by messaging me on this site we can arrange a private guided walk for any one of the walks for a fixed fee of £200 including a signed copy of the book (maximum 10 guests)

If you email me I will help you to put together a fun itinerary and explain my charges and the other tours available.

I have a range of Shore excursions from Liverpool & Holyhead Cruise Terminals & I am a qualified First Aider & I am DBS cleared for school & educational tours.

Finally I’ve worked for several years with schools, colleges, universities on curriculum based geography tours, open days for parents and prospective students.

I’ve appeared regularly on local television and all over the world on radio interviews about the Beatles in Liverpool or this year I was a correspondent and tour guide on the Mersey Ferry’s summer River Shuffle Boat cruises during the Eurovision Song Contest which was a superb global event held in Liverpool.

So that sums up me & 2023! I hope you and your family might want to explore the UK on a multi/day tour in 2024/25 please contact me early as I do get booked up very quickly.

My terms follow the guidelines set by the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides Acceptance constitutes a contract. Please ensure you make yourself aware of the Guild's advice regarding cancellations.

Personal Interests:

Films & filming locations
Music
Walking
Waterfront
History
Heritage
Football
Architecture
Beatles
Cruise Excursions
Coach tours
Chester
Port Sunlight
Photography
Shore Excursions
School & Educational Tours

Special Interests:

Food & Drink

I can arrange evening and pub tours and if we arrange food for our groups we are careful to ensure that all the produce is locally and ethically sourced.

Shopping

With Liverpool's £1 billion superb 2008 development called Liverpool One - we have superb shopping tours for example MAC styling for the girls and even our own Primani store!

Theres lots of souvenir shops too and retro shops we can show you them all.

Transport

I own a licensed luxury V-class Mercedes People Carrier with 7 passenger seats & I am a qualified coach driver and I can provide from 6 seater chauffeur driven luxury vehicles through to 53 seat executive coaches.

Conferences & Incentives

I regularly work with Liverpool Convention Bureau to provide welcome meetings and other services for delegates. My MICE products are serviced 24/7

Museums

Liverpool has a huge number of museums and galleries and we include these in many of our themed tours especially the Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Victoria Gallery & Museum and the hidden gem of the Battle of the Atlantic Western Approaches Museum

Walking Tours

I have for 7 years operated the award winning daily shared Liverpool Beatles Walking tour www.beatleswalk.com new for 2020 is my full day Ticket to Ride Tour - I generally only get 5 star reviews for this quality product and the price point ensures that tours are kept to small groups with only guests who genuinely want to attend

Education

I specialise in school and educational tours and have provided content for magazines and I also worked abroad in France with school groups - school & university work is a big part of my portfolio and there are lots of tours you can book on my website.

Sports & Pastimes

Working with the Liverpool Watersports centre and other organisations we deliver a range of activities for groups visiting the region.

I offer guided tours of Liverpool FC stadium and both Manchester United & Manchester City Stadiums are only 1-hour journey in my licensed vehicle

Maritime Britain

Our World Heritage Site, Waterfront, the historic docks and the Cunard and Titanic links are only the tip of the iceberg with Maritime tours in Liverpool.

Photography

Photography is a big part of all our tours if you want it to be and we"ll have great fun taking selfies and we will take group photos for you too.

We have taken groups out with a photographic expert and we use a Canon EOS70 camera for all our own work and we will send you any group photos we take with your permission for your own use.

Architecture

I"ve regularly delivered bespoke architectural tours for Historical groups sometimes focussing on specific architects for example Herbert J Rowse.

I regularly surprise cruise ship guests with hidden gems and Liverpool is steeped in Heritage and superb, Georgian, Victorian and contemporary buildings.

There are architectural tours including a popular Art Deco tour on my website.

Churches & Cathedrals

I have a faith in our city tour on our website.

Music

I run the Liverpool Beatles Walk which has a number of combination tours including the Walk and Radio City Tower Tour, Walk & British Music Experience, Walk & Mersey Ferry Tour and the Ticket to Ride Tour.

Literature

I have created itinerary for multi day private guided tours of the UK using literature theme for example The Bronte sisters, John Ruskin, Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Lord Byron

Britain Today

I create luxury top end multi-day private guided tours of the UK, often using country house hotels to explore the North of England and North Wales and I can meet you in my licensed vehicle at Heathrow for multi-day tours. Of course we would include a visit to Liverpool on your tour.

Maritime Britain

Liverpool's world Heritage Site

Castles & Palaces

I operate a 3 World Heritage Sites in one day shore excursion or day out from Liverpool - to explore Caernarfon, Conway Castle and Pontsyclyllte "River in the Sky"

Interpreting & Translating

I am fluent in French although I am not formally qualified in French and I have colleagues who speak German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Additional Qualifications:

Liverpool City Region Blue Badge Guide

Driver Guide:

Yes

Vehicles:

Type Make / Model Passengers Air Conditioning Disabled Access
Car Mercedes V Class 7 Yes No