Richard Palmer

Regional Qualification(s):



English, French

Phone Number(s):

020 8994 2658, 07931 369 151

Contact guide


Former Diplomat and Civil Servant with Middle East experience;lifelong interest in our landscape and heritage; member of National Trust & English Heritage.
Former Hon Steward Westminster Abbey; Chiswick House and Gardens volunteer guide; Life Fellow & former Chairman of the Guild.

I no longer guide on a commercial basis although I do tours for free for groups of friends or for charities or organisations that I know. These are on an ad hoc basis. If you fall into these categories please contact me and we'll try to find a suitable date for you.

Personal Interests:

History including Ancient
Churches & Cathedrals
Chiswick House & Mall
Walking Tours

Special Interests:


National Gallery,
and Tate Britain

Churches & Cathedrals

Especially Westminster Abbey (where I was for 26 years an Honorary Steward), Canterbury.

History & Prehistory

Especially the Graeco-Roman, Tudor and Georgian Periods.


Friend of the British Museum

Politics & Government

Parliamentary History & Procedure and the Workings of Government.

Walking Tours

Chiswick House and Gardens; Chiswick and Hammersmith Malls.

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Chiswick House & Gardens where I am a volunteer guide


Parliament, British Museum, York Minster, Salisbury Cathedral, Somerset House, Canterbury Cathedral, Windsor & Eton

Additional Qualifications:

LFGRTG, M.A. (Cantab)

Driver Guide: