London, Manchester Green Badge
I am a London Guide and qualified in 2008. Originally from Manchester in the north of England I never take London for granted even though I have lived here for over twenty years. The city is brimming with stories of Kings, Queens, Politicians, Architects, Artists, Writers, the Great, the Good and the Oddballs. Wonderful buildings, stunning architecture, pretty parks and the lifeblood flowing through - the River Thames.
THE CLASSIC A half or full day, an adventure through the two cities of London, yes two! Westminster and the original city founded by the Romans, taking in the major sites and views. A mix of coach and walking with time for photos and coffee!
WESTMINSTER ABBEY 1000 years of history. Burial site of 17 Monarchs including the 1st Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Anne - the Favourite! This is where the Coronation of the Queen took place in 1953 and where Prince William married Kate in 2011.
The TOWER of LONDON Fortress, Prison, Execution site. Home of the Crown Jewels and the worlds largest clear cut diamond Cullinan 1. Set beside the River Thames and the famous Tower Bridge we can travel there by boat from Westminster.
WINDSOR CASTLE * The Most Romantique Castle that is in the World - so wrote the diarist Samuel Pepys in 1666. This imposing castle built by William the Conqueror and used by monarchs continuously since the 11th century. Tour the stunning State Apartments decorated with priceless works of art. Set within the castle grounds you can visit St Georges Chapel where Prince Harry married Megan Markle in 2018.
STONEHENGE and BATH The mysterious stones set in the lovely english countryside with an ever changing story as archaeologists discover new artefacts and facts. Bath awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987 , visit the stunning Roman Baths so wonderfully well preserved. View the elegant18C architecture built with honey coloured limestone named after the city - Bath stone. This city was the playground of the Georgians, hear all about them, on a city tour. Then there is the shopping, delicious Bath buns and tasty pasties - a speciality of the area.
MANCHESTER I am a City of Manchester qualified Green Badge Guide
TOURS of MANCHESTER - by coach, boat and foot
Stories of the entrepeneurs who forged the age of steam and made Manchester the world centre of cotton production in the 19 century. The Duke of Bridgewater and Englands first canal, the building of the Manchester Ship Canal turning a city 35 miles from the coast into a seaport. See the stunning architecture of John Rylands Library the third most important library in the country. The old port now regenerated and known as Salford Quays with stunning waterside views and home to Media City and the Coronation Street set also northern home of the BBC. Hear and see the story of war at Imperial War Museum North built beside the Ship Canal. Not forgetting the great history of Football in the city, Red and Blue and home to the National Football Museum.
I am an experienced Tour Director for all of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and regularly guide tours of these areas.
Manchester Green Badge