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 named winner at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Award 2024

March 28, 2024

Photo: Kat Hannon photography  Dark Chester picked up an award last week at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards [pictured above]. My walking tour of Chester was named the winner in the New Tourism Business of the Year category. The ceremony was hosted at Chester Cathedral and Nicola Said, Regional lead… Read more

Dark Chester named finalist in the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards

October 13, 2023

  It’s official: Dark Chester has been named as a finalist at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards. The dark-tourism walking tour of the heritage city of Chester received the nod as a finalist for Experience of the Year. It picked up a second nomination for New Tourism Business of the Year.… Read more

Dark Chester presents: Dark Dinner — the spookiest supper in Chester

September 28, 2023

Dark Chester tour [pictured above] shines a flickering candlelight into the darkest corners of Chester’s dark-tourism heritage. You may have already seen us walking around Chester, or previously joined us for a walk through the mists of dark history. But now it’s time to explore the city afresh. And, what’s more,… Read more

Dark Chester runs special spooky tours for Chester Heritage Festival

June 27, 2023

  Image: Stuart Robinson Photography []  Dark Chester ran some special walking tours as part of the Chester Heritage Festival this month. Each time, we finished the regular tour by doing something we’ve ever done before: going into a Chester building to hear a spooky story first hand. First up was… Read more

Dark Chester highlights dark tourism trend in Cheshire Life magazine feature

May 9, 2023

Dark Chester was featured in the April issue of Cheshire Life magazine [pictured above]. I wrote a feature about  the rise of dark tourism in Chester and how my tour taps into this trend to explore the darker side of our history. Here’s an extract: Dark Chester is a storytelling… Read more

Take a walk on the dark side for the British Guild of Tourist Guides blog

May 9, 2023

When Dark Chester first launched, I write a guest blog post for the British Guild of Tourist Guides (BGTG) to explain my ideas behind the tour [pictured above in Chester]. Here’s an extract: I wanted to compile a 90-minute dark-tourism tour, exploring some of the favourite folk tales, legends and… Read more

Dark Chester collaborates with My Haunted Hotel for paranormal tales of Chester

May 9, 2023

Dark Chester joined forces recently with My Haunted Hotel, the paranormal investigation team based at Ye Olde King’s Head in Chester. We talked about the dark-tourism heritage that inevitably comes with living in a 2,000-year-old city like Chester. The team used my tales of grisly murder and witchcraft in Chester to… Read more

A preview of my Dark Chester tours for Halloween with the travel blog Go Eat Do

October 9, 2022

An interview with the travel blogger Stuart Forster for his blog, Go Eat Do. The feature is about ideas for a weekend visit to Chester but, with Halloween approaching, previews my new Dark Chester tours [pictured above]. The tours run Saturdays at 6pm and delve into the dark-tourism heritage of… Read more

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