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

Dark Chester: a walk through the shadows of our dark-tourism history

June 21, 2022

We took a walk on the dark side a few days ago. It was the inaugural outing for my new Dark Chester tour [pictured above], a walking tour through the shadows of Chester’s 2000-year-old history. Think Horrible Histories meets Inside Number Nine with a dash of the Uncanny podcast. In… Read more

How to discover hidden Manchester on an alternative city tour

February 13, 2022

I’m always on the look out for an alternative city walking tour. It’s a great way to see a city in a new light and gives me with inspiration to help design my own themed tours of my home city of Chester. I was introduced recently to Hayley Flynn, whose Skyliner… Read more

Facebook Live ghost tours live-streamed for the Chester Heritage Festival

June 24, 2021

The Chester Heritage Festival kicked off last weekend with a series of live and online events across the city. My contribution was a pair of short Facebook Live videos from two haunted locations around the city. It was based around my Haunted Chester audio tour, bringing a frisson of ghost-story… Read more

A walking tour of historic Edgar’s Field Park in Handbridge, Chester

June 15, 2021

This site is one of Chester’s hidden gems. Indeed, I used to regularly take my children to this local park, but it was ages before I realised there was a 2,000-year-old historical artefact just behind the swings. The park is Edgar’s Field in Handbridge and the carving is the Roman… Read more

Join my Context Conversation about Dylan Thomas’ Wales on May 14

May 3, 2021

May 14 is International Dylan Thomas Day. The date marks the anniversary of when Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at The Poetry Center, New York, in 1953. His home town of Swansea, south Wales, will mark the day with live and virtual events while Dylan Thomas fans… Read more

Join my Context Conversations travel talk about Bolivia on March 20

March 11, 2021

It feels like a lifetime away after a year of lockdown. But there was a time when we all travelled freely and I set out on a South American odyssey. I spent much of that time in Bolivia and the various journeys I undertook included retracing the final journey of… Read more

Download my new Haunted Chester audio tour — now available via VoiceMap

March 5, 2021

My lockdown project is complete. I used quieter time over the last few months to tinker away at a creative project, creating a new audio tour to my home city of Chester. The result is Haunted Chester, a 60-minute circular walking trail based on the tours I lead for Chester… Read more

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