Tour guiding

I’m passionate about the area where I live. Recently I’ve started sharing that passion, leading tours around Chester, North Wales and Northwest England on a variety of themes. I’m always developing new tour ideas for groups, company excursions and individuals.

As a tour guide, I offer:

  • Professional experience of working with groups
  • Indepth local knowledge of the region
  • Walking and vehicle tours, public and corporate groups
  • Ideas for new tours and activities

Lockdown loafing: the truth about Chester’s favourite ghost story

June 1, 2020

It’s one of the Chester’s favourite ghost stories. The tale of a mystery figure, dressed as a monk and spotted on a winter evening, walking along the spooky passage by St John’s Church — the one with the coffin in the east walls [pictured above]. The figure has been seen… Read more

Lockdown loafing: the hidden story behind the Roman Gardens

May 21, 2020

It’s a place I used to take my children to play when they were little. They jumped on the ancient stones in a game of stepping stones. It’s also the place I watched the Grand Budapest Hotel under a picnic blanket as part of the Moonlight Flicks series of outdoor… Read more

Lockdown loafing: an audience with a Roman goddess in a Chester park

May 15, 2020

I took my children to the local park for years. But it took ages for me to realise there is a 2,000-year-old historical artefact near the swings. The park is Edgar’s Field, located in the Chester district of Handbridge, and the relief carving is the Roman goddess Minerva [pictured above],… Read more

Lockdown loafing: gone fishing

May 4, 2020

‘Here is a noble, stone bridge over the Dee, very high and strong built’ – Daniel Dafoe on a visit to Chester circa 1724. It’s salmon season on the River Dee. You can tell because the herons are out in force, queueing up on the weir like a a bunch… Read more

Lockdown loafing: a racy glimpse of the love lives of Georgian Chester

April 28, 2020

Walking the walls is one of Chester’s favourite strolls. The 2m circuit is also one of my preferred lockdown walks, although there are currently two places with diversions — one by Morgan’s Mount and the other by Newgate Bridge. But in the Georgian era, a promenade around the walls was… Read more

Lockdown loafing: how I discovered my new favourite signpost

April 24, 2020

“Our townsfolk were like everybody else; wrapped up in themselves …” — Camus, La Peste. My daily walk has become sacrosanct. Under lockdown, it has become the highlight of the day: a time to think, breathe fresh air and enjoy the simple pleasure of putting one foot in front of… Read more

Get stuffed! A tastebud-tickling tour of nourishing North Wales

April 13, 2020

Local produce is a major draw for visitors to Wales. Indeed, there’s a host of local suppliers and independent producers celebrated each year by the Great Taste Awards Wales. In particular, the artisan food and drink sector has grown in recent years with a turnover of £4.8bn in 2018-19 and… Read more

An interview with Brian Jones, guide at Llechwedd, North Wales

February 9, 2020

  Nothing makes a story come alive like putting a human face to it. I found another example of this recently on a visit to Llechwedd, the North Wales tourist attraction that forms part of the UK’s current bid for Unesco World Heritage status. This is to recognise the heritage… Read more

A Prisoner-themed tour of Portmeirion, North Wales

December 21, 2019

There’s a place in North Wales that looks like it stepped out of a fairytale. It draws on the coloured facades of Portofino for inspiration and was described by its founder as “a home for fallen buildings”. It was also the backdrop to a cult TV series and a haven… Read more