HELEN SMITH

Qualified member of the Institute of Tourist Guides and working in the Heart of England
BA (Hons), MITG

Blue Badge Tour Guide

​Tour ideas

​​Stratford upon Avon
​A visit to the town of Shakespeare can include a walking tour with visits to any of the Shakespeare town houses, schoolroom or church.
​This can also be combined with a coach tour to take in Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm.

For a full day you may like to add a visit to Warwick or a Cotswold tour.

Cotswolds

​​​Visit some of the picturesque villages and towns built from the local Cotswold stone and explore the rolling landscape that has been home to people and sheep for over two thousand years.
 
​Tours of the Cotswolds can include visits to many varied sites such as Hidcote Manor Garden, Sudeley Castle, Hook Norton Brewery, Kelmscott Manor, Adam Henson's Farm, Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway....wherever your interests lie.


​Oxford

​​​Beautiful buildings, hidden quads, grand dining halls and glorious chapels make up the colleges, but the city has seen many historic events and famous people come and go. 
The best way to see Oxford is on a walking tour, but this can be combined with a coach tour to outer environs for an enriched visit.

​A tour of Oxford can be combined with a coach tour of the Cotswolds or a visit to Blenheim Palace at Woodstock.

Warwick

With over a thousand years of history, explore the streets and alleys of this beautiful market town on the River Avon and discover tales of love, greed, chivalry, terror and ambition.  Oh yes - and there's a great castle too!

Combine a visit to the castle with a walk or coach tour of the town

​​Bath

​Georgian  elegance, health cures and spas; 
walk in the footsteps of  Jane Austen and travel back in time to Roman Britain.
The best way to see Bath is on foot but a panoramic coach tour will give an overview of the city which is now a World Heritage Site.

Cheltenham

This elegant Regency town has a fascinating history of spa and health cures, frequented by royalty. 
The birthplace of Gustav Holst, home to Cheltenham Ladies College and today host to many thriving festivals including horse racing, literature, jazz and food.

Birmingham

Industrial heritage, canals, Victorian and Modern architecture,
Arts and Cultural
Venues.
Home to Bournville and Cadbury World.

A walking tour takes in the hidden gems of this multi-layered city.
A coach panoramic can include the wider area.


Worcester

See the hidden secrets of the 'Faithful City' on a walking tour and combine it with a visit to the cathedral or the Royal Worcester porcelain museum.
The home of Elgar and one of the Three Choirs Festival venues. 

Gloucester

The cathedral is a stunning example of perpendicular architecture, with a Royal tomb and also a venue for the Three Choirs Festival.

The superb cloisters were a bewitching location for Harry Potter filming.

Not forgetting Beatrix Potter's 'The Tailor of Gloucester' and the fascinating restored docks. 

A tour of Gloucester can be added to a coach tour of the Cotswolds or Forest of Dean.

Coventry

Famous for Lady Godiva, the Blitz and the expression 'sent to Coventry'.

The city has many more stories to tell: the home of George Eliot, ribbon weaving, two-tone music, bicycles and the car industry .
The ruins of the old cathedral and the new have become the focus of a powerful centre for peace and reconciliation.

Discover its hidden secrets on a walking tour and why it is set to be the City of Culture 2021.

Great Malvern

This fascinating town nestles in the shadow of the ancient Malvern hills.  Its mineral water made it a spa frequented by Florence NIghtingale and Charles Darwin.
Follow in the footsteps of Sir Edward Elgar who lived in and loved this unique landscape.

Combine with a visit to Elgar's birthplace at Broadheath or a visit to Worcester.

Evesham

Follow the route from the Abbey Bell Tower through the town to the site of the Battle of Evesham  in 1265 and the death of Simon de Montfort, 'father of English parliament'.

Upton upon Severn

Delightful riverside town with a varied history:
Civil War action, river trade, flooding, disease and a saucy eighteenth century novel. 
A guided walk reveals the hidden stories of this vibrant town now re-invented as a Festival Town for music, folklore, boats and independent shops.