Tabitha (Tabby) Lucas

Profile updated 24/05/24

Regional Qualification(s):

Bridgewater Canal Green Badge, Heart of England

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

+44(0)7722 468109

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Introduction:

Some feedback on my tours:

"Tabby is an excellent guide ! So knowledgeable and fun ! We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Oxford with her and highly recommend her services! She is the best !"
(Steve and Rosie and family from USA)

"Our family of four enjoyed an all-day tour of Oxford with Tabby, who was an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. She was attentive to our specific interests and our energy level, and was flexible and tailored the tour accordingly. We had a wonderful time and would recommend her very highly. " (S and O from Washington DC USA)

"Tabby provided our group of six with two days of guided tours in the Western Cotswolds and a day tour of Oxford, and we can't praise her too highly." ('All the gang' from Richmond, Virginia, USA and Harpenden, UK)

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I was born in Oxford and have family roots in the city dating back over 100 years. For the last 30 years I have lived with my family on the edge of the Cotswolds. Oxford and the Cotswolds are, in a non-biological way, part of my DNA.

As a local guide I love to show guests those quirky interesting things you might otherwise miss.

I offer guided walks of the university city of Oxford or tours of the nearby Cotswold Hills.

I am one of a small number of Oxford guides who are accredited to guide inside Christ Church.

In 2016 I qualified as a Blue Badge Tour Guide for the Heart of England and in 2017 I qualified as a specialist Green Badge Guide for the university city of Oxford. I have been privileged to part of a team training new Oxford Green Badge guides.

Sustainable Travel :
• Leave your car behind.
• Take a train or bus from London to Oxford. The best way to discover Oxford is on foot.

I specialise in tailor made tours for small groups.

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You could try:

* Discovering Oxford's university and colleges
* A tour around quiet Cotswold villages
* Sleuthing out Morse, Lewis and Endeavour (Young Morse) TV film locations. I really love the TV series as well and was lucky
enough to see parts of Endeavour being filmed.
* Oxford has been used as a filming location for Discovery of Witches and Wonka - find out more.
* Finding out about the history of science and medicine in Oxford
* Taking a family tour of Oxford including looking for clues about Harry Potter filming locations and discovering
about Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
* Treading in the footsteps of Oxford authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
* Enjoying the beauty of some Cotswold gardens.
* A beautiful countryside walk in the Cotswolds - enjoy getting out into nature.
* Exploring William Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon

Or I can design a bespoke tour for you.

In addition, I am a qualified guide for Windsor Castle.

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Some more comments about my tours:

"Feel free to share our feedback - other people should get to enjoy Oxford and Cotswold through your eyes.
We very much enjoyed meeting you and were very impressed with your vast knowledge of so many things. Since we were with you we have seen several trees and beautiful flowers and said to ourselves “Tabby would know what that was”. Your navigation of Oxford was amazing and appreciated." (K & J from USA)

“I loved Tabby’s Oxford tour. She’s engaging and entertaining and happy to share her deep Morse universe and Oxford knowledge.” (Nancy K from Boston)

“Such a great tour. Highly recommended to Morse, Lewis Endeavour Oxford fans” (Julia from Oxford)

"Thanks a lot for all the arrangements and knowledge you shared! So much details and the passion." (Michelle from China)

"Thank you for a very enjoyable tour of Oxford. I found the architectural details and the historical events and people fascinating. Also, the many locations which have appeared in movies and TV series were very interesting. I was very impressed by Tabby who was very knowledgeable and personable." ( B from Ottawa, Canada.)

"Tabby is really knowledgeable and considerate. She always wants to give us the best scenery and stories. I am very grateful to her" (Qu Qiao from China)

"We had an amazing afternoon with Tabby. An overview of some best bits including some museums that I had been to before but missed key bits of, and some I never knew existed. I particularly enjoyed the history and architecture of the Oxford colleges which I had never been into before. Tabby led us at a nice pace, kept us engaged and dealt ably with the interests of the whole group. Naturally it was good to discover new spots for tea and cake too. Thanks very much" (P from Devon)

"Dear Tabby - thank you so much for making our trip so memorable. You were fantastic and we enjoyed everything immensely." (S & R New York)

"This entertaining tour gave insights into the city of Oxford as a back drop to the  filming of scenes from the Morse/Lewis/Endeavour series. Tabby is hugely knowledgeable about the various episodes and her tour was very well planned and judged. Her delivery was very clear and she very capably guided us safely through the various busy lanes and roads" (P from Oxfordshire)

"Tabby really took our (varied) interests into account and came up with a tailored visit that kept us all happy. As an Oxford graduate, it was great to be reminded of places I knew and also to realise how much I’d missed. I went away awe-inspired by the beauty of Oxford all over again and determined to go back soon to find out more from Tabby’s wealth of knowledge." (S from London)

"Thank you for the tour.  The information given of the various locations, topics, and periods of history was great. Although the weather wasn't the most cooperative the overall experience was grand." (G from South Carolina, USA.)

“excellent: informative and amusing guided  tour of Oxford ... I really enjoyed your carefully researched facts, and stories about the old town” (J from Warwickshire)

"A very enjoyable tour of the Oxford colleges. Although naturally very historical in content, Tabby gave this information in a manner which was very entertaining and engrossing. She is a lady who is very knowledgeable about her home city and she provided many anecdotes throughout the tour. I would highly recommend this guided excursion to anyone who is interested in discovering more about Oxford and its colleges." (A and H from Hamilton, Scotland)

"For those of you wanting a first-rate tour around Oxford, whether you are visiting for the first time or revisiting, this should be your first port of call. Tabby Lucas, our friendly walking tour guide, was so knowledgeable and helped to bring alive the amazing history of Oxford, whether it related to the wizarding world of Harry Potter or the academic world of the University." (G from Oxfordshire)

"My daughter and I were immensely pleased with our Endeavour, Lewis, and Inspector Morse Tour. Tabby Lucas is very knowledgeable about where the filming locations occurred and was able to provide insight and anecdotes about the filming of TV programs and movies in Oxford." (Kathryn & Christine, USA)

Personal Interests:

Oxford: where I was born and grew up. I love my home city join me to discover more about Oxford's university and colleges. I also offer specialist tours.
The Cotswolds: I live on the edge of the The Cotswolds National Landscape (Cotswolds AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) join me to discover Cotswold villages and towns. .
Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour: I am a Morse fan! The original Inspector Morse series based on the novels by Colin Dexter, its sequel Lewis and prequel Endeavour. I have been lucky enough to see some filming in Oxford.
Cotswold houses and gardens: The Cotswolds has some of Britain's most enchanting houses gardens. Some well known such as Snowshill and Hidcote - others more hidden.
Punting on the river in Oxford: I have been punting since a was a child.
Wildlife and Countryside: I used to work in nature conservation.
The Mitfords: a fascinating family with links to the Cotswolds.
Harry Potter: films and books
Father Brown: filming locations
Oxford history of science and medicine
Film locations in Oxford including Discovery of Witches

Special Interests:

Walking Tours

Walking tours of the beautiful university city of Oxford.
Other tours include:

* Film locations Oxford you
can sleuth out places
where TV's Inspector Morse,
Lewis and Endeavour were
filmed.

* Find out about Oxford's
scientists past and
present.

* Harry Potter filming
locations in Oxford

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You could also have a go at punting on the river!

Countryside

Take a tour round the Cotswolds visiting small towns and quiet hidden villages. As a local I know where to go off the beaten track.

Literature

Explore Stratford-upon-Avon and find out about the places Shakespeare knew well.
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You could have a drink at the same Oxford pubs that JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and other members of the Inklings used to visit.
Oxford has inspired modern authors too including Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy.

Gardens

One of the joys of the Cotswolds are the gardens such as Painswick Rococo Garden, Snowshill, Hidcote, Rousham, Kiftsgate, Sezincote and Bourton House Garden. Or visit the park designed by ‘Capability’ Brown at Blenheim Palace.

Stately Homes & Country Houses

You can visit some wonderful Stately Homes and Country houses in the Cotswolds varying from the grandeur of Blenheim Palace to Chavenage House which was used as a filmimg location for Poldark. Or you might like to visit Stanway House which has a 300 foot fountain in its garden.

History & Prehistory

Oxford - so much of Britain's history has Oxford links.
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Stratford upon Avon - birthplace of Britain's favourite playwright.
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Rollright Stones - a prehistoric site parts of which date back over 5,000 years.

Other

Explore filming locations for Downton Abbey in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds including the village of Bampton scene of many Downton weddings.

Castles & Palaces

Walking tours exploring the beautiful Cotswold countryside: You can never guarantee what wildlife you will see on a guided walk.

Environment

I previously worked in nature conservation and love sharing my interest in nature.

Science

Find out about Oxford's scientists past and present

Castles & Palaces

Blenheim Palace: a World Heritage Site just outside Oxford. As a Blue Badge guide I can guide in the Palace grounds but not inside the Palace itself.
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You can visit Windsor Castle by public transport from Oxford.

Other

Film Locations
Morse, Lewis and Endeavour (Young Morse) in Oxford
Father Brown in the Cotswolds
His Dark Materials in Oxford
Harry Potter in Oxford

Endorsements:

City of Oxford Green Badge, Windsor & Eton

Additional Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science

Driver Guide:

No