Rosemary Barnes

Profile updated 15/08/19

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Phone Number(s):

07771 632673

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I am a true Yorkshire lass having been born and brought up in the West Riding, Yorkshire's industrial heartland and the cradle of our economy. With my local knowledge I can introduce you to places you might not find on your own and ensure you get the most out of your visit.

A day out with me would give you an insight into the region's beating heart - the loveliest views, the most interesting attractions and the most welcoming spots for that all--important afternoon tea. I can give you an authentic experience of local life with my enthusiasm for the area and insider knowledge. Let me entertain you!

My previous guests have included groups from all over the world - USA, Canada, China, the Lebanon. I am equally at home with U3A groups or student parties and can tailor my approach to suit your needs. I am an accredited York Minster guide and recently I have been leading faith tours to our great cathedral cities.

In addition to my Blue Badge qualification I am a City of Westminster guide lecturer and an experienced Tour Manager having worked with leading British and American companies.

Personal Interests:

Coach tours of Harrogate area
Wakefield and the Five Towns
Coach tours of Sheffield, Leeds, Hull and York
Walking tours of Doncaster, York, Leeds and Barnsley

Special Interests:

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Nostell Priory
Castle Howard
Beningborough Hall
Brodsworth House
Wentworth Woodhouse

Industrial Heritage

Saltaire and Salt's Mill
Wool and textile industry
Coalfields of South Yorkshire
Pottery and Glass Manufacture
Steel and iron industries


The Bronte Sisters
Winifred Holtby Candace Robb
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Philip Larkin Ted Hughes
Harrogate Crime Writers Festival
Anne Lister tours

Food & Drink

York's Chocolate heritage
Wakefield Rhubarb Fair
Pontefract Liquorice Fair
Visits to gin distilleries and breweries
Wensleydale cheese-makimg

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Yorkshire landscape artists David Hockney Ashley Jackson JMW Turner
Urban artists Atkinson Grimshaw William Powell Frith/>
Hepworth Gallery Wakefield
Ferens Art Gallery Hull


Leeds Thackeray medical museum
John Snow and cholera
Plague and medievalist remedies


Fountains Abbey, Kirkstall Abbey Monk Bretton Priory/>
Bar Convent York
Methodism in West Riding
Multi-faith Bradford


Richmond Georgian Theatre
Theatre Royal Wakefielld
Leeds Music Halll
Bradford Alhambra
Hull Truck Theatre

Regional Tours

Gentleman Jack
The Sculpture Triangle
Wars of the Roses
Medieval castles
Heritage steam railways
Coal and its impact on society

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